Tastes of World of Pinot Noir
I tasted Pinot Noir both at the Friday and Saturday Pinot Noir Focus Tastings and in the Press and Media
Room where some wineries provided wines to be sampled in a quiet, undisturbed setting. Either way, my notes
are based on brief impressions, not extensive tasting as done in the usual manner for my newsletter. There
were so many wineries, I could only taste a small portion of the wines offered, but you can tell some of my
favorite producers by the wineries that I made a point of seeking out. Quite a few of the wineries at the event
previously submitted wines to me for review, and since I have already published the reviews for the wines they
were pouring, these were not included here. Pay attention more to producers than individual wines. I have
given the recommended wines a scoring range: 88-89, 90-91, 92-94, 94+. Wines that scored lower than 88 are
not included so there may seem to be a cornucopia of inflated scores.
Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
2012 Alma Rosa Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
14.97% alc., 918 cases, $35, screwcap. The best value priced
Pinot Noir offering I tasted at this year’s WOPN.
Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of
Damsel plum, raspberry and spice with medium weight flavors of sappy black cherry and raspberry fruits with a
note of grilled mushrooms, framed by modest tannins. Very easy approachability.
Arcadian, Sta. Rita Hills
2000 Arcadian Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
This is not a misprint!
purple color in the glass. A fine aged wine with aromas of black cherry liquor, tobacco, dried herbs and dark
chocolate. Secondary characters of leather and herbs accent the sweet, dried cherry core. Juicy acidity,
melded tannins and some finishing drive. (2001, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2008 Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir
are still for sale on the winery’s website - $75-$100)
BARDEN (Margerum Wine Co.), Santa Barbara
2012 BARDEN Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
13.1% alc., $85. Zotovich Family, La Encantada and John Sebastiano
vineyards. 30% whole cluster, ambient yeast fermentation, aged 9 months in French oak barrels, 50% new.
Unfined and unfiltedred.
Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Plenty of oak overlay in this wine
which has an appealing core of bright cherry fruit. Vivid and vibrant with zippy acidity.
Baxter Winery, Anderson Valley
2012 Baxter Oppenlander Vineyard Mendocino County Pinot Noir
$60. 100% whole cluster. Aged in
100% neutral French oak barrels.
Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Enticing whole cluster accents
of spice and rose petal goodness on the nose and palate. Bold flavors of earth-kissed darker fruits
unencumbered by oak with a freshness and vivaciousness that appeals. Somewhat brooding and in need of
2012 Baxter Valenti Vineyard Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir
$48. Vineyard is high upon Greenwood Ridge
above the fog line and bathed in sunshine while moderation from the nearby ocean keeps grape maturation
slow and steady. 30% whole cluster.
Moderately light red cherry color in the glass. Aromas of cherries,
strawberries, spice and herbal tea. Flavors of black stone fruits and pomegranate with a riff of savory herbal
notes in the background. The fine-grain, lithe tannins and juicy acidity make for easy drinking.
Beauregard Vineyards, Santa Cruz Mountains
2012 Beauregard Coast Grade Vineyard ‘828’ Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
120 cases, $60. Vineyard is located in
Bonny Doon (Ben Lomond subregion) and is owned and farmed by Jim Beauregard. This 17-acre vineyard
was planted in 2008 at 1,238’ to 1,350’ elevation and is heavily influenced by nearby Monterey Bay. 50%
whole cluster. Aged in 50% new American oak. It’s rare if ever you meet a Pinot Noir aged in a significant
amount of American Oak, much less one made with a single ‘828’ clone.
Moderately dark reddish purple color
in the glass. A pleasant surprise with aromas and flavors of fresh blackberry, cassis and pomegranate.
Discreetly concentrated with a likable touch of whole cluster spice complimenting the fruit. A saline-driven
minerality plays in the background.
Big Basin Vineyards, Santa Cruz Mountains
As noted in the introduction, more Pinot Noir wineries are fermenting with whole cluster in amounts ranging
from 30% to 100%. Winemaker Bradley Brown has been so satisfied with whole cluster ferments that he plans
to go to 100% whole cluster inclusion in all his 2014 vintage Pinot Noirs. All four of the wines he offered for
tasting were gorgeous and nuanced.
2013 Big Basin Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
13.3% alc., 325 cases, $36. A stunning
modestly priced offering sourced from the winery’s single vineyard sources in Corralitos and Bonny Doon
(Lester Family and Coast Grade) 50% whole cluster, indigenous yeast fermentation, aged 11 months in French
oak barrels, 15% new. Unfined and unfiltered.
The whole cluster goodness makes an impression on the nose
with plenty of rose petal and spice aromas enhancing the red berry fruit. The tannins are firm but tucked in,
and the finish is reasonably long and satisfying. An everyday wine for the table.
2012 Big Basin Vineyards Lester Family Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., 220
cases, $44. 42% whole cluster, indigenous fermentation, aged 15 months in French oak barrels. Unfined and
Aromatically inviting with scents of rose petal, exotic spices, anise and dark raspberries. Generous
on the attack and finish, with fresh flavors of dark cherry and berry that expand in the mouth. Very suave in the
mouth with beautifully integrated tannins.
2012 Big Basin Vineyards Alfaro Family Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., 145
cases, $48. 43% whole cluster, indigenous yeast fermentation, aged 15 months in French oak barrels.
Unfined and unfiltered.
A savory wine of great interest with plenty of spice and floral nuances supplementing
the core of red and black berry and cherry fruits. Impressive phenolic ripeness at this alcohol level with enough
sappy fruit to satisfy any Pinot drinker. The stem tannins are firm and slightly astringent and need time to
2012 Big Basin Vineyards Coastview Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
14.0% alc., 240 cases,
$44. 20% whole cluster, indigenous yeast, aged 15 months in French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered.
Tighter and more tannic than the other wines tasted on this day, but still offering impressive flavor and nuance.
The aromas are quite floral with hints of cherry and herbs. Modest in weight, but flavorful, with notes of spiced
cherry, anise and pain grille, building in intensity to a lavish and long-lived finish.
Brewer-Clifton Wines, Sta. Rita Hills
2012 Brewer-Clifton 3-D Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
14.0% alc., $80.
Moderately light cherry color in the
glass. Wonderful aromas of whole cluster spice, pine and dried rose petal. The mid weight cherry and
strawberry core is bright and tasty, framed by firm but supportive tannins. A mix of red and blue berries and
spice drives the pleasing, dry finish.
2012 Brewer-Clifton Hapgood Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
15.0% alc., $84.
Moderately light reddish purple
color in the glass. Inviting aromas of whole cluster driven spice and rose petal with a hint of redwood.
Middleweight attack of ripe black cherry fruit with a subtle earthy, oaky bent and a hint of chocolate, finishing
with expansive fruit flavors. Everything is in balance.
2012 Brewer-Clifton 459 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., $90.
Moderately light reddish purple color in
the glass. The scent of rose, spice, raspberry and cherry is appealing but the wine is a bit linear and disjointed
on the palate. The mid weight black cherry, blackberry and dark chocolate brooding flavors are framed by
leathery tannins and their is a sense of alcohol warmth on the finish.
2012 Brewer-Clifton Machado Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
14.3% alc., 675 cases, $74.
purple color in the glass. Highly nuanced nose with scents of dark strawberry, plum, black raspberry, spice and
rose petal. Darker fruits are featured on the palate which features some allspice and stem. The suave tannins
are well integrated and the wine finishes with admirable fruit drive, although a hint of alcoholic warmth peaks
Brooks, Willamette Valley, Oregon
2012 Brooks Janus Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
$38. The winery’s flagship wine that is the richest and
most intense blend offered.
In a vintage like 2012, this wine really shines. Abundant waves of dark cherry fruit
attack the mid palate, holding court through a long and expansive finish. Beautifully balanced, with juicy,
refreshing acidity and modest tannins.
Burn Cottage, Central Otago, New Zealand
2013 Burn Cottage Central Otago Pinot Noir
Ted Lemon was pouring this wine at WOPN and he told me he
has been involved as a consultant with this project for 12 years. The interesting images on the label are from
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s biodynamic allegory “The Green Snake & the Beautiful Lily.”
purple color in the glass. Pretty showy, with hi-tone aromas of cherries jubilee, black raspberry and spice. The
medium weight dark fruit core is sappy and plush, yet vibrant and elevating. The 2010 vintage was also
offered for tasting and was lighter in weight and more savory, although still very satisfying.
Carr Vineyards & Winery, Santa Barbara
2013 Carr The Yard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir.
14%, 195 cases, $50. An interesting vertical of the
2007 (first Carr release), 2008 and 2013 vintages was offered from this unique vineyard that was originally
planted in 1988 but abandoned. The 18-acre site was rescued and rehabilitated by Ryan Carr.
purple color in the glass. Aromas of earth-kissed black cherry. Sumptuous flavors of black cherry and
blackberry with a beefy streak underneath. Well-crafted with supportive tannins and a silky, fruit-laden finish.
2013 Carr Single Clone 114 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Only two barrels produced of this unusual wine.
Single clone 114 Pinot Noirs are rare.
An impressive wine notable for the harmony between fruit, tannin,
acidity and oak. It tasted of freshly picked Pinot Noir grapes.
Center of Effort, Arroyo Grande Valley
2012 Center of Effort Rossa Corsa Edna Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc.. Winemaker Mike Sinor is a consultant for this label. 100% whole cluster, native yeast
fermentation, clones 2A and Mariafeld 23. Aged 19 months in once-filled French oak barrels. Unfined and
Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is somewhat brooding but welcoming
with deep aromas of dark fruits, sous-bois and spice. Very luscious and satiny on the palate with a mid weight
core of luscious blackberry, cassis and black plum flavors. Burly, but with good harmony in a hedonistic
Charles Heintz Vineyards, Sonoma Coast
2014 Charles Heintz Vineyards Sonoma Coast Rosé of Pinot Noir
$19. I think winemaker Hugh Chappelle
has a gift for producing Pinot Noir Rosé as I find his offerings at Heintz and previously at Lynmar to be
California’s best examples. The wine sells out quickly.
Modest pink in color in the glass. Aromas of fresh wild
strawberries, blood oranges and peaches echoed on the palate that is vivid, bracing and thirst-quenching.
Maybe the most versatile wine on the planet.
CIRQ Estate, Russian River Valley
See review of the 2012 Treehouse Vineyard Pinot Noir in this issue.
Cotiere, San Luis Obispo (formerly Luminesce)
2013 Cotiere Laetitia Vineyard Arroyo Grande Pinot Noir
Moderately light cherry red color in
the glass. A cherry-driven wine with a savory streak in the background due to whole cluster inclusion. The fruit
is framed by balanced tannins and driven by lively acidity, finishing with thirst-quenching tart cherry goodness.
Very smooth in the mouth.
2013 Cotiere Presqu’ile Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
Light cherry red color in the
glass. Fresh cherry aromas and flavors abound in this wine with a good mid palate attack, soft tannins, and a
juicy, persistent finish. A savory herbal thread from whole cluster inclusion brings up the background.
CrossBarn Winery, Russian River Valley
2013 Crossbarn By Paul Hobbs Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., $35, screwcap.
Moderately dark reddish purple color
in the glass. An intensely dark fruited wine with contributions of spice, bramble, and oak. Full-bodied, with firm
tannins and a sweet, sappy finish.
2013 Crossbarn By Paul Hobbs Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., $35, screwcap.
Moderately light reddish purple
color in the glass. The nose is more savory than fruity with appealing scents of cherry, spice, forest floor and
fern leaf. More elegant and transparent and less boisterous than the Sonoma Coast bottling, yet delivers
plenty of vivid black cherry flavor accented by smoky oak. Soft and sleek in the mouth, and still a bit reserved,
but has a promising future.
DELLA Wines, Russian River Valley
David Hejl spent over 3 years at Kosta Browne Winery as the CEO and GM before founding his own DELLA
label in 2010 with co-founders Lee and Ernie LeRoy. DELLA honors Della Winifred Dale, David’s mother.
2013 DELLA Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
A very solid offering reflecting the Russian River Valley
propensity for luscious Bing cherry fruit, cola and spice character. Well-crafted, with good lift and finishing
2013 DELLA Keefer Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
A real standout and not surprising as this
vineyard is the source of so many grand Pinot Noirs that it is deserving of grand cru status. This wine is very
polished and appealing with mid weight flavors of iced cherries, spice and sandalwood. Still a bit tightly wound,
but promises a great future.
EnRoute Winery, Napa Valley
2013 EnRoute Les Pommiers Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., $70.
Moderately light garnet
color in the glass. Quintessential Russian River Valley Pinot Noir featuring aromas and flavors of Bing
cherries. Fairly bold, with integrated tea-like tannins, generous but not intrusive oak seasoning, and a juicy
finish replete with sweet black cherry and dark berry fruits.
FAILLA Wines, Napa Valley
2013 Failla Occidental Ridge Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Moderately light reddish purple color
in the glass. The dreamy aromas of cherry pie and brown baking spices are intoxicating. Impressive harmony
and flavor, featuring mid weight black cherry and black raspberry fruits with good tension and slightly steely
acidity. Impressive finishing drive and length. I really liked this wine for its bright demeanor.
FEL Wines, Anderson Valley
2012 FEL Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
14.6% alc., 2,923 cases, $38. 2012 was a remarkable vintage for
Pinot Noir in the Anderson Valley and this wine reflects it beautifully. Aged 14 months in 100% French oak
barrels, 44% of which were new.
Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Plenty to like about this wine which offers luscious cherry and pomegranate flavors enhanced with notes of herbs and anise. Bright
and juicy, and very welcoming, with an elegant demeanor.
2012 FEL Savoy Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., 645 cases, $65. Inaugural release. 7-day
cold soak and 7-day extended post-fermentation maceration. Aged 14 months in 100% French oak barrels,
56% of which were new.
Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Bold aromas of black cherry, toast and
spice echoed on the discreetly concentrated palate that sports firm, ripe tannins. The wine really grabs your
attention now, but will develop further over time.
Hilliard Bruce, Sta. Rita Hills
2012 Hilliard Bruce Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
600 cases, $45. Clones 76 and 96. Barrel fermented (30%
new French oak), full malolactic fermentation.
Light golden straw color in the glass. My favorite Chardonnay
tasted at WOPN. Invigorating aromas of lemon-lime, apple and subtle nutty oak lead to a highly flavorful core
of white stone fruits, lemon oil and caramel flavors. Slightly creamy, with a lasting finish fueled by mineral-driven
Laetitia Vineyard & Winery, Arroyo Grande Valley
2013 Laetitia Whole Cluster Arroyo Grande Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., $42.
Moderate reddish purple color in the
glass. Intoxicating aromas of cherries, red rose petal, and exotic spices. Mid weight plus core of well-spiced
black cherry and black raspberry fruits with a little note of Dr. Pepper and edible flower. Velvety smooth with
reigned-in tannins and a satisfying finish. Extraordinary!
Left Coast Cellars, Southern Willamette Valley
2014 Left Coast Cellars Willamette Valley White Pinot Noir
$20. A brand new release for this hugely
popular white wine. Stock up for summer. Vinfiied in stainless steel from free run juice of Pommard and
Wädenswil Pinot Noir grapes.
Refreshing aromas of white stone fruits, honeyed pears and floral bouquet lead
to bright, crisp and refreshing flavors that echo the nose.
2012 Left Coast Cellars Suzanne’s Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., 850 btls, $45. Aged 22
months in French oak barrels, 75% new.
Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose offers a
pleasing combination of cherry, strawberry, herbs, and wood spice aromas. Very soft and supple in the mouth
with a delicious mid weight core of black cherry and black raspberry fruits supported by a lively acid spine. The
large amount of new oak is beautifully integrated. Very refreshing and uplifting.
Maggy Hawk, Anderson Valley
2012 Maggy Hawk Jolie Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
312 cases. Clone 115.
Moderate reddish purple color
in the glass. A harmonious, highly enjoyable wine that offers scents of black cherry and sous-bois and a
deeply flavored cherry core. The tannins are suave, the mouthfeel is satiny, and the finish returns for many
encores over a minute.
2012 Maggy Hawk Hawkster Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Moderately light reddish purple color in
the glass. Shy, but pleasant aromas of red berries and herbs. Delicious array of dark fruits dance on the
palate including black cherry and black raspberry with a hint of pain grille. Modest tannins make for easy
2012 Maggy Hawk Afleet Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Moderate reddish purple color in the
glass. The boldest and most tannic wine in the 2012 Maggy Hawk lineup. Very ripe flavors of black cherry, black
raspberry and sassafras with a modest toasty oak seasoning.
2012 Maggy Hawk Unforgettable Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Moderate reddish purple color in
the glass. The nose is a walk in the forest with aromas of sous bois, wild berries and mushrooms. Delicious
flavors of dark stone and berry fruits with a note of iron and spice. Finishes juicy with explosive drive.
Merry Edwards Winery, Russian River Valley
2012 Merry Edwards Coopersmith Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.4% alc.. $57.
Dark reddish purple
color in the glass. Ripely fruited, with scents of dark berries, Bing cherries and sandalwood. Full-bodied
flavors of black cherry with hints of anise and tea, finishing with some generosity and a touch of warmth.
Navarro Vineyards, Anderson Valley
2012 Navarro Vineyards Deep End Blend Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
14.3% alc., $49.
purple color in the glass. Aromas of cherry, alpine strawberry, spice cabinet and red rose petal leap from the
glass, holding court over an extended time in the glass. Very showy and glorious mid weight plus core of black
cherry, black raspberry and spice flavors. Impeccable harmony, with an extended, expansive finish that puts a
smile on your face. Extraordinary!
Panthea, Anderson Valley
2010 Panthea Londer Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., 200 cases, $38.
Light cherry red
color in the glass. Well-balanced, with aromas and flavors of black cherry, black raspberry and sandalwood.
Modest in weight with mild tannins and a short but pleasing finish.
Papapietro Perry Winery, Russian River Valley
Phelps Creek Vineyards, Columbia Gorge, Oregon
2012 Phelps Creek Vineyards “Corduroy” Columbia Gorge Pinot Noir Blanc
$59. You might balk at the price of this
wine but it is a wine with serious intentions that is one of the most stunning examples of this little-produced
style of Pinot Noir.
Strawberry, white peach, pear and spice aromas and flavors are vibrant and clean.
Moderately rich with good structure and finishing goodness.
2007 Phelps Creek Vineyards Cuvée Alexandrine Columbia Gorge Pinot Noir
French vigneron Alexandrine Roy
leaves her estate in Gevrey-Chambertin to craft this special wine made from hand-selected rows, using native
yeast and foot punch downs.
Light cherry red color in the glass. Delicate and demure, but enough fresh fruit
flavor to hold your interest, and nicely reflecting this very cool vintage.
Reuling Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
2012 Reuling Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.0% alc., $70.
Medium reddish purple color in the glass.
Impressive harmony in this mid weight plus wine with gorgeous black cherry and pomegranate fruits backed by
fine-grain tannins. Velvety in the mouth, with a really expansive finish that delivers a lasting impression.
RN Estate Vineyard & Winery, Paso Robles
2012 RN Estate Fiddlestix Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
14.4% alc., 195 cases, $55. 113, 115 and
667. 35% whole cluster. Aged 11 months in French oak, 100% new.
Moderate reddish purple color in the
glass. Extravagant aromas of cherry, strawberry, red rose petal and sandalwood. Uplifting and vibrant with
bright red fruit flavors enhanced by exotic spices from whole cluster inclusion. The tannins are well managed
and the refreshing finish has good length. Still young but hard to resist now.
Saxon-Brown Wines, Sonoma
Schug Carneros Estate Winery, Carneros
2012 Schug Schug Estate Carneros Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., $30.
Moderately light cherry color in the glass.
Aromas and flavors of oak-dusted cherry and strawberry with a savory streak in the background. Juicy,
Seagrape Wine Company, Santa Ynez Valley
2012 Seagrape Rancho La Vina Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
13.7% alc., $40.
reddish purple color in the glass. Inviting aromas of crushed wild berries, spice and loam. Very appealing
flavors of red berries, cherries and savory herbs with a spicy note showing up on the generous finish. The
tannins are tucked in, and the wine delivers an easy-going, velvety and elegant drinking experience.
2012 Seagrape “Jump Up” Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
$36. Clones 667 and 777 from two vineyards.
Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Nice finesse and balance in a red fruit driven wine with
pleasing spice and supple tannins.
Senses Wines, Sonoma Coast
2013 Senses Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Sourced from the same vineyards as the 2012 vintage that was previously reviewed in
this newsletter but 2013 was a slightly warmer year.
Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Strikingly soft in the
mouth and very easy to like, with flavors of Bing cherries, raspberries and spice. Very forward and embracing.
2013 Senses Hillcrest Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Vineyard is just outside town of Occidental
adjacent Charles Heintz Vineyard. Home to the original Chardonnay plantings in the Sonoma Coast, it has
been replanted to Pinot Noir in 2005 to Calera, Swan, “828,” and 115.
Moderate reddish purple color in the
glass. This wine was love at first sip, with a discreetly concentrated array of fresh fruit flavors accented with
spice and oak seasoning. Silky in the mouth with suave tannins and a driving, uplifting finish flush with fruit.
Sinor-LaVallee, Arroyo Grande
2013 Sinor-LaVallee San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir
$30, screwcap. Beginning with this vintage, all
Sinor-LaVallee wines are from the winery’s estate Bassi Vineyard in Avila Beach planted to 8 clones of Pinot Noir and
Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. A pleasing medley of red and black fruits
blended with modest but supportive tannins, and backed by vibrant acidity, making for easy and early drinking.
Sokol-Blosser, Willamette Valley
2012 Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., $38. Extended maceration and
16 months of barrel aging.
Medium reddish purple color in the glass. Bright cherry aromas with generous oak
overlay. Generous and forward, with a charge of ripe cherry fruit on the mid palate, holding on through a fruitdriven
finish. Better oak integration on the palate.
Stephen Goff Wines, Portland, Oregon
2012 Stephen Goff Shea Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., 147 cases,
Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Lovely aromas of cherry, raspberry and sous-bois.
Intense attack of fruit with layers of very ripe black cherry and black raspberry flavors
that really attract your attention. A healthy tannic backbone provides support for the fruit load. Prodigious
fruit for Oregon, and more like California Pinot Noir in character and origin.
Ten Acre Winery, Russian River Valley
2012 Ten Acre Jenkins Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Moderately dark reddish
purple color in the glass. Effusive aromas of black raspberry and spice. Mid weight flavors of black raspberry
and blackberry fruits with some earthiness and oak seasoning. Structured, with slightly grippy tannins on the
2012 Ten Acre Ramona’s Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Moderate reddish purple
color in the glass. Deep perfume of black cherry, spice and sous-bois. Rich and luscious on the palate with a
charge of robust, sweet black cherry and blackberry fruit. The tannins are tucked in, and the mouthfeel is soft
and caressing. A hedonistic style of Pinot Noir.
Trombetta Family Wines, Russian River Valley
2012 Trombetta Family Wines Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., 500 cases, $45. Sourced from
Petersen Vineyard in the Petaluma Gap region. Clones 115 and 667 planted in 1996. Harvest Brix 26.5º.
Native yeast fermentation and native MLF, extended cold soak and maceration, aged 9 months in 100%
French oak barrels, 50% new. Unfined and unfiltered.
Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Admirable
transparency in the mid weight wine with fresh, up front red fruits underpinned by silky tannins. There are
appealing notes of spice and, herbs and oak vanillin.
2012 Trombetta Family Wines Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., 872 cases,
$65. Clones 777, ‘828,” and Swan selection. Yield 2.3 tons per acre. Harvest Brix 27.8º-29.8º. Native yeast
fermentation and native MLF, extended cold soak and maceration, aged 9 months in 100% French oak barrels,
50% new. Unfined and unfiltered.
Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Very ripe fruited with
aromas and flavors of sweet black cherry, black raspberry and pomegranate framed by imposing, sinewy
tannins. Highly extracted and sappy with a compliment of oak and fruit-dominated length.