Posts Tagged Pinot Noir

2013 On Point Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Among winemakers who procure grapes from other than estate vines, two of the most coveted sources in the Sonoma Coast AVA are the Sangiacomo and Gap’s Crown vineyards. They provided all of the fruit for the 2013 On Point Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, a... Read more

2013 On Point ‘Christinna’s Cuvee’ Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

This is a young Pinot Noir that is quite approachable now — which is the point of the On Point label from the folks at Fulcrum Wines. As winemaker David Rossi explains, “Every barrel of wine is really a distinct ecosphere… Some barrels are... Read more

2013 Kendall-Jackson Jackson Estate Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

A translucent light crimson color in the glass. Vivid aromas of sandalwood, black cherry, orange, and a tart note of blueberry define the cool-climate Anderson Valley fruit. What the nose promises it delivers on the palate, where the wine picks up... Read more

2013 Decoy Pinot Noir, Sonoma County

This is a wine that’s easy to like, even if its aroma and flavor impressions are subtle rather than elevated. There are some nice cherry notes, along with red raspberry, black tea and menthol. There’s also a woodsy quality throughout, with a... Read more

2013 Kendall-Jackson ‘Grand Reserve’ Pinot Noir, California

No winery has done a better job of maintaining a consistent style across its product line —year to year, vintage to vintage — than Kendall-Jackson. True, K-J Winemaster Randy Ullom has a diverse spectrum of wine regions, microclimates and... Read more

2013 Carmel Road Pinot Noir, Monterey

Nearly transparent garnet color, lightening at the rim. This young lady has a demure nose, showing glimpses of blood, spiced cherry, cranberry sauce, clove, and a whiff of orange blossom. Lithe in the mouth, well-balanced and integrated, it is silky... Read more

2013 Kendall-Jackson Pinot Noir, Vintner’s Reserve, California

Made from 100% Pinot noir grapes grown in the cool, coastal climate of Monterey and Santa Barbara counties. It is a nearly transparent garnet color. Decidedly delicate aromas, true to the varietal, rise from the glass, including baking spices... Read more

2013 Pedroncelli Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Sporting a translucent ruby color, this red gives off scents of dusty, clove-spiced dark cherries and berries. In the mouth, it is medium-bodied, picking up a sprinkling of fine tannins after mid-palate. Finally, freshly ground pepper pops up to add... Read more

2012 Patz & Hall Pinot Noir, Burnside Vineyard, Russian River Valley

Who says a California Pinot Noir can’t be light and ladylike? Sporting a translucent rose coral color that lightens at the rim, and a 13.2% alcohol level more reminiscent of Burgundy, this charmer offers up scents of rose perfume, red cherry, red... Read more

2012 Patz & Hall Pinot Noir, Chenoweth Ranch, Russian River Valley

Unlike many high-alcohol Pinot Noirs from California, which often smell and taste like Syrah, this bottling stays true to the varietal profile and typical lightness on the palate. It is a clear, translucent ruby red in color, and bright floral and... Read more