Posts Tagged ‘Pinot Noir’

2013 MacPhail Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Pale Salmon in color. The initial scents of sweet strawberries lead to rounded, deeper red berry flavors, a hint of watermelon, and an elusive impression of red cherry that pops up now and then. There is a rounded mouth impression, as much the fruit… Read more


2012 Byron Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley

Pure Californian, this wine is all about fruit forwardness and concentration, sans the earthiness associated with Burgundian Pinot Noir. It has a deep, fruit-laden nose of concentrated strawberry and cherry, along with shadings of vanilla and baking… Read more


2009 Corralitos ‘La Tache Clone’ Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

In its brief history, Corralitos Wine Company has established a pattern of releasing its Pinot Noir bottlings about six months to a year after other wineries. So while we’re seeing plenty of 2010, 2011 and even 2012 Pinots in the marketplace,… Read more


2012 J. Lohr Estates ‘Falcon’s Perch’ Pinot Noir, Monterey County

For people of a certain age, the aroma of this value-priced Pinot Noir may be reminiscent of Delaware Punch. A surprisingly complex wine from one of California’s venerable Pinot Noir growing regions, it offers up a basketful of berries, a squeeze… Read more


2012 J. Lohr ‘Fog’s Reach’ Pinot Noir, Arroyo Seco

There’s a lot going on in this wine’s aroma spectrum, starting with fleshy black cherry and pomegranate impressions, adding a black tea note, and then turning Burgundy-like with whiffs of tomato and earth. (The Pomerol clone component adds the… Read more


2012 J. Lohr ‘Highlands Bench’ Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

This is a cool-climate Pinot Noir from one of California’s coolest winegrowing zones, a bit lighter in the mouth than in the nose. It exhibits notes of clove, sweet strawberry, red raspberry and a touch of brown sugar, accented by soft minerality… Read more


2011 Gypsy Boots Pinot Noir, Sonoma County/Mendocino County

Three prime areas for premium Pinot Noir — the Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley and Anderson Valley — provided the fruit for this cuvee, which is very light ruby in hue, slightly cloudy, and shows light orange on the rim of the wineglass…. Read more


2012 Gypsy Boots Pinot Noir, Sonoma County/Santa Barbara County/Mendocino County

Winemaker James MacPhail sourced grapes from Santa Barbara County to Mendocino County in crafting this superb wine, which is light translucent ruby with glints of orange toward the rim, and slightly cloudy. The sweet nose shows orange rind, bright… Read more


2012 Lazy Creek Vineyards Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

This gorgeous wine is translucent dark ruby in color, with an uplifted nose of bright cherry and berry, mint, cedar and menthol. The fruit really pops in the mouth, with a good palate entry and a mild, integrated grip at the end. As the wine opens… Read more


2012 Ferrari-Carano ‘Middleridge Ranch’ Pinot Noir, Mendocino Ridge

Wines made from a single winegrape clone, while not necessarily one-dimensional, tend to be less interesting than multi-clone cuvees. This came to mind after tasting this bottling from Ferrari-Carano’s Middleridge Ranch, which is planted to two… Read more