Posts Tagged ‘Pinot Noir’

2013 Sonoma-Loeb Pinot Noir, Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley

In the glass, a translucent ruby color. Textbook aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, pectin, clove, black tea, and wisps of smoky oak make a delightful first impression. This red follows through on the palate. It is both bright and lively and… Read more


2012 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir, “Southing,” Santa Rita Hills

Nearly opaque crimson color, turning to coral at the rim. In the nose, vibrant aromas of perfumed dark flowers, black raspberry, cherry, cola, orange rind, and notes of black pepper and baking spices begin the seduction of the senses. This continues… Read more


2012 Patz & Hall Pinot Noir, Jenkins Ranch, Sonoma Coast

Nutmeg, cherry, jammy strawberry, clove, cinnamon, orange rind and cherry cola aromas are forward and promising. And the promise is kept, as the wine coats the mouth, picking up a youthful, earthy, tannic grip after mid-palate, then cascades to a… Read more


MacPhail Tales: Chasing the Muse of of Terroir and Noir

MacPhail Tales: Chasing the Muse of of Terroir and Noir

By Glen Frederiksen In the world of wine, Pinot Noir has a reputation as a fickle grape, capable of sublime complexity and, conversely, sour, vegetal displeasure. The road to Pinot Noir perfection is fraught with missteps and pitfalls, enough to… Read more


2012 Paul Dolan Pinot Noir, Mendocino County

No aging is necessary for this light-styled Pinot Noir, which is light garnet in color, clearing at the rim. Possessing medium-grained tannins, the wine’s aroma and flavor spectrum includes stewed tomato, light cherry, clove and tea leaf. MSRP:… Read more


2012 Migration Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

One might get the impression that Migration winemaker Neil Bernardi enjoys the fermentation process. Consider that for this 2012 vintage, Bernardi oversaw just shy of 50 individual fermentations, creating an equal number of “lots” from which to… Read more


Goldeneye Winery: It’s Never Too Early for a Good Christmas Story

Goldeneye Winery: It’s Never Too Early for a Good Christmas Story

By Bob Johnson This is a Christmas story. CHAPTER 1 In 1996, some eight years before the movie “Sideways” sparked the widespread planting of Pinot Noir vineyards from Santa Barbara County to Mendocino County, the Goldeneye Winery was… Read more


2012 Byron Pinot Noir, Nielson Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

Nearly opaque dark ruby hue. Concentrated black cherry and plum fruit aromas commingle with a rich earthiness, smoke, high-toned herbs, and vanilla. With additional aeration, more delicate red fruit aromas emerge. This red is still a youngster,… Read more


A Benchmark Celebration: Fiddlehead Cellars 728

A Benchmark Celebration: Fiddlehead Cellars 728

By Glen Frederiksen You may recall my discussion of this event, now in its third year, HERE. It just so happened that the Happy Cooker and Your Humble Scribe were in the Central Coast at the time of the event, and decided to cruise in…. Read more


In Conversation with Victor Gallegos of Sea Smoke Cellars

In Conversation with Victor Gallegos of Sea Smoke Cellars

By Glen Frederiksen One of the most anticipated highlights of our annual summer escape to the cool climes of California’s Central Coast is visiting with Victor Gallegos, General Manager of Sea Smoke Cellars in Santa Rita Hills. We met up at… Read more