Posts Tagged Pinot Noir

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

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