Posts Tagged Pinot Noir

2014 Nielson Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills

Bright in the glass, with a translucent red plum color that lightens to a pink coral shade at the rim. Varietal aromas of raspberry, strawberry and blackberry pick up a scorched earth note that settles into black licorice. With time, notes of... Read more

These Snakes Won’t Bite: The Return of Diamondback Vineyards

By Bob Johnson Diamondback is back. John Quinones introduced Diamondback with the 1999 vintage, and kept the label going for three additional vintages. Being a full-time winemaker left little time for his own project, however, so Quinones... Read more

2014 La Crema Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Translucent coral red color, with glints of orange. Unlike many California Pinot Noirs, who sport 15% alcohol and present more like a bruising Syrah, this shows a lighter, more feminine profile. The aromas include notes of sharp strawberry, cherry... Read more

2013 Cambria ‘Benchmark’ Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley

Earthy like French Burgundy but lighter in body, this is an easy-drinking wine that would pair nicely with just about any dish that includes mushrooms. It’s tough to pick out a fruit impression other than simply “red,” but interest is added by... Read more

2014 La Crema Pinot Noir, Monterey

A bright, translucent ruby hue. Sassy notes of fresh orange zest and red cherries lead to whiffs of blackberry, blueberry, tea leaves, and notes of cocoa powder and woodspice. It is lithe and feminine in the mouth. This red is built for immediate... Read more

2013 MacPhail Family Wines ‘Vagon Rouge’ Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Tightly wound and reluctant to release, we recommend a splash decanting before drinking this wine. Do that, and you’re in for a real treat as it reveals its deep, dark, fleshy black fruits, particularly black cherry and black plum. The wine fills... Read more

2013 MacPhail Family Wines ‘Wildcat’ Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

There’s a lot going on in the nose of this single-vineyard wine from Sonoma County’s Wildcat Mountain, including wild strawberries with a sweet edge, an engaging lavender component, freshly tilled soil, a sanguine note of iron and, after some... Read more

2014 Jackson Estate Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

First, I must confess – the Anderson Valley appellation on the western end of Mendocino County has always impressed me with the quality of the Pinot Noir juice being produced there. That being said, this is a lovely rendition of the grape that... Read more

2013 MacPhail Pinot Noir, ‘The Flyer,” Russian River Valley

From Susanna’s Vineyard, using a combination of Calera, Dehlinger Swan, and Quail Hill Vineyard Swan clones. This red is pretty in the glass, with a bright ruby flashiness. High-toned oak scents of clove and peppermint play counterpoint to dark... Read more

2013 MacPhail Pinot Noir, Sundawg Ridge, Green Valley

Green Valley is a sub-appellation within the world-famous Russian River Valley. The wine shows a dusty ruby color, with glints of orange. Toasted oak and paraffin aromas lead to earth, clove, and moderate cherry cola scents. The fruit gains more... Read more