Posts Tagged ‘Pinot Noir’

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


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