Posts Tagged Pinot Noir

2013 Carmel Road ‘Drew’s Blend’ Pinot Noir, Monterey

The Drew of “Drew’s Blend” is actress Drew Barrymore, who partnered with Carmel Road winemaker Kris Kato with the goal of crafting a wine that would be perfect for sharing with family and friends — i.e., likeable to a wide array of palates.... Read more

2013 MacPhail Toulouse Vineyard Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

Bright, a bit sassy and quite feminine, this wine offers notes of strawberry, baking spices, zesty orange peel and a hint of leather. The nose is intoxicating, including some minerality. The layers of aromas transform into layers of flavors in the... Read more

2013 MacPhail ‘Sangiacomo’ Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

This mouth-coating, fleshy wine, crafted from two Pinot Noir clones, shows off deep dark cherry, assorted black fruits, earthiness and minerality. Great with game meats, lamb or duck, it’s a complex wine that has both the brass notes from the... Read more

2013 MacPhail Lakeview Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Expressive of the Dijon clones of the grapevines, this floral wine has an initial bright strawberry puree impression that gives way to terroir, vanillin oak, red raspberry and red cherry. Light and bright in the mouth, it would be perfect at a... Read more

2013 MacPhail ‘Wightman House’ Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

Showing sour cherry and mild pepper notes, this wine from a tiny 2-acre vineyard seems closed and primary at this point. But it has a solid tannic backbone, which means it should evolve and open up over time. We’d love to be able to cellar a... Read more

2014 Wakefield Estate Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills

Like so many Down Under wines, this Pinot is all about the fruit — specifically, sweet red cherry and red berries. There’s also a hint of spice, and although the finish is a tad warm, the mouthfeel is silky and satisfying. MSRP: $16.99... Read more

2013 La Crema Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

There is no question that this is a New World Pinot Noir, as the assertive, almost sweet fruit flavors dominate the nose and the palate. Think: purple plum, blackberry and cherry pie. There are some subtle chocolate, root beer and mocha notes in the... Read more

2013 Cartlidge & Browne Pinot Noir, North Coast

Quite smoky in the nose, this medium-bodied, sleek wine shows hints of cinnamon and red fruits. Not a sipping wine; needs food for maximum enjoyment. MSRP: $14 (July 2015) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

2013 Sonoma Collection District 3 ‘Growers Reserve’ Pinot Noir, Sonoma County

If you like your Pinot Noir made in a feminine style, this bottling is not for you. However, if you prefer boldness in your reds, you’ll want to give it a try. The aroma is reminiscent of a fresh-baked berry pie, and the flavors are all about dark... Read more

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