Posts Tagged Pinot Noir

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

2012 Patz & Hall Pinot Noir, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros

This wine has a clear, translucent ruby red hue, and aromas of dark cherry, cranberry jelly, rich loam, menthol, orange and woodspice. Lithe in the mouth, showing great balance. The tannins are fine grained and silky. With aeration, a note of brown... Read more

2013 La Crema Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Translucent red coral in color that lightens at the rim. Aromas of sweet red cherries jump from the glass and are joined by additional scents of green tea, sweet orange, and a dash of baking spices. True to the varietal, there is a light, uplifted... Read more

2012 Hess Select Pinot Noir, Central Coast

Nearly transparent light coral/ruby color, lightening at the rim. At first sniff, ample menthol-laced black cherry fruit is evident, with notes of strawberry and tea leaf. There is noticeable heat from the stated 14.5% alcohol. An easy to drink red... Read more