Posts Tagged ‘Pinot Noir’

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


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

Translucent pale ruby in hue, with a perfumed nose of plum blossoms, red berry, cough drop, cedar and a sharp citric note. The wine starts out smooth in the mouth, picking up a hint of licorice and some earthiness. A solid companion to French bistro… Read more


2012 Ferrari-Carano Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

Lots of “S” words come to mind when describing this wine, including sleek and supple. Translucent rose coral in color, it has a heady nose of sweet, fleshy dark cherries, citrus, orange, dark flowers, wintergreen, allspice and black tea. The… Read more


2012 La Crema Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

La Crema has built its reputation on exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines from California’s cool-climate viticultural areas. Now, it has added an Oregon Pinot Noir to its portfolio, and the 2012 Willamette Valley bottling will do nothing… Read more


2011 MacPhail ‘Roserock Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley

Nearly transparent neon coral in color, this Oregon beauty exudes aromas of bright red cherry, high-toned field mint, strawberry, sandalwood and vanilla. Quite tart on the palate, the mouthfeel is light and feminine, picking up some fine-grained… Read more


2011 MacPhail ‘Sangiacomo Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

This translucent red ruby wine exudes sharp impressions of pickling spices, high-toned wood spice, celery and assorted red fruits. Still coming together, it’s stylistically lighter and more Burgundian than previous vintages, and the fruit flavor… Read more


2011 MacPhail ‘Pratt Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Is it possible to emulate Burgundy along California’s Sonoma Coast? That may or may not have been the goal with this wine, which is nearly transparent light coral/ruby in hue, but it’s certainly the result. The nose is very Burgundian, oozing… Read more


2011 MacPhail Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

An inviting nose of mulling spices, red cherry and mild earth leads to similar impressions in the mouth. Translucent ruby in color with glints of orange toward the rim, this is a soft and fruity wine that somehow marries femininity and grip, belying… Read more


2011 MacPhail ‘Rita’s Crown Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills

The Santa Rita Hills AVA is gaining quite a reputation for producing packed-with-personality Pinot Noir, and this bottling will only add to the momentum. Translucent dark ruby in color, impressions of green tea, light spearmint, tart black cherry,… Read more