Posts Tagged Pinot Noir

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

2013 Murphy-Goode Pinot Noir, California

In the glass, the color is a nearly transparent light coral/ruby, lightening at the rim. The nose offers up sweet red fruits joined by licorice and spicy wood notes. It is light and feminine in the mouth before picking up some tannic grip at the... Read more

2014 MacPhail Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Winemaker James MacPhail is a certifiable Pinot nut. He makes a dozen different lots of Pinot Noir and more every vintage. Even so, he has a soft spot for well-crafted rosé, especially when made from the Pinot Noir grape. Drawing from the many... Read more

2013 McIntyre Estate Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

The Santa Lucia Highlands appellation, on the east-facing side of the mountain range in Monterey County, has developed a reputation for being a world-class region for Burgundian varietals. This wine is a translucent dark coral/ruby color, hinting at... Read more

2012 Fulcrum Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

One of the lesser-known wine producing regions in California is the Anderson Valley, located above Sonoma County and tucked into a bucolic valley a dozen miles west of the 101 Highway. It isn’t easy to get to – a long, winding, one-lane road is... Read more

2013 J Vineyards Pinot Noir, Estate Grown, Russian River Valley

A translucent ruby color. This wine is warm and inviting in the nose, where strawberry fruit mingles with black tea, cinnamon, menthol, and a light touch of vanilla. The sweet fruit fleshes out in the mouth, picking up red cherry and raspberry... Read more

2009 Clos de la Tech Pinot Noir, Domaine Lois Louise Estate, Santa Cruz Mountains

The color in the glass is a nearly opaque crimson with a streak of violet. The heady nose is full of fleshy black cherry, strawberry compote, and black plum fruit, followed by celery stalk and a sprinkling of baking spices and polished leather from... Read more

2013 Sonoma-Loeb Pinot Noir, Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley

In the glass, a translucent ruby color. Textbook aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, pectin, clove, black tea, and wisps of smoky oak make a delightful first impression. This red follows through on the palate. It is both bright and lively and... Read more

2012 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir, “Southing,” Santa Rita Hills

Nearly opaque crimson color, turning to coral at the rim. In the nose, vibrant aromas of perfumed dark flowers, black raspberry, cherry, cola, orange rind, and notes of black pepper and baking spices begin the seduction of the senses. This continues... Read more

2012 Patz & Hall Pinot Noir, Jenkins Ranch, Sonoma Coast

Nutmeg, cherry, jammy strawberry, clove, cinnamon, orange rind and cherry cola aromas are forward and promising. And the promise is kept, as the wine coats the mouth, picking up a youthful, earthy, tannic grip after mid-palate, then cascades to a... Read more