Ruby coloration with some opacity around the rim. On the nose, cherry, espresso, tropical fruit, caramel and vanilla. On the palate, complex, rich and medium-full bodied, cherry, cola, forest floor/musty, citrus perhaps blood orange, light tobacco, vanilla, caramel and salinity. Long finish with blood orange, vanilla and salinity. — 2 days ago
Good Pinot Noir for the price. Smooth, light and mellow fruit. — 4 months ago
Delicious. Juliette broke the cork screw. We had with Adrian and Olga after paella — 2 months ago
No fog the next morning — 3 months ago
Nice tart green apple, fruit forward, well balanced, nice body, good mouth feel. — 6 days ago
medium ruby, tawny rim; plum, raspberry, rose petals, dried leaves; red fruits, good length; mid-weight, nice acidity, fine grained tannin, 14.5% ABV; made from 100% Pinot Noir composed of 53% clone 115 and 47% clone 667, sourced from one of Santa Rita Hills coldest vineyards in southwestern corner of appellation unsheltered from cold winds and Pacific Ocean fog, aged 20 months in 29% new French oak; $70 — 9 days ago
Heavy for a Pinot, fruity, 13.5% not very tannic — 2 months ago
Both Adrian and I liked it. Flavorful, yet nice and dry. Bought at sendiks. — 5 days ago
Smells of bright cherry, raspberry, dried strawberry and violets. Raspberry, plum and light cranberry with thyme and roses on the palate. Touch of anise, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger snap, but all pulled together by the fruit and a layer of saffron-apple. Uniquely delightful. Had with Sashimi, and wasabi to cut the fog, so held its own. #sojourncellars #russianrivervalley #russianriverpinot #rrv #sonoma #pinotnoir #pn — 2 days ago
Follow up to the Clos Fourtet and to close out the Allen Brothers Ribcap.
The nose reveals, dark, ripe & slightly stewed fruits of; blackberries strawberries, black raspberries, black cherries, dry cranberries & blueberries. Steeped fruit tea, anise to black licorice, dark, fruit liqueur, dry crushed rocks, dry herbs, dry twigs, cinnamon, light nutmeg, clove and vanilla, leather, cedar, graphite, dry tobacco to cigar ash, dark spice, sweet tarriness, eucalyptus with candied mixed in with withering, dark florals & red, blue, purple flowers that are set in lavender.
The palate is, rich, ruby and round. The mouthfeel is glorious. This is a perfect window for a first bottle of the 08 Dunn Howell Mountain. The dusty tannins are round and about 50% resolved. This 04 has another 15-20 years of good drinking ahead of it...properly stored of course. Dark, ripe & slightly stewed fruits of; blackberries strawberries, black raspberries, black cherries, dry cranberries & blueberries. Steeped fruit tea, anise to black licorice, dark, fruit liqueur, dry crushed rocks, slightly, moist clay, dry herbs-sage, dry twigs, cinnamon, light nutmeg, clove and vanilla, lots of dark melted chocolate, mocha powder, leather, cedar, graphite, dry tobacco to cigar ash, dark spice, sweet tarriness, dry, dark earth, limestone minerals, slightly, moist clay, volcanics, eucalyptus with florals that are candied mixed in with withering. They are dark, red, purple, blue & violets that are set in lavender. The acidity is round and near perfection...Colorado rushing river like. The long, well knitted, balanced, elegant finish lasts minutes.
Just misses 95. It will be there in another 5-7 years and could stretch to 96 at its peak.
The advantage Howell Mountain has is it sits above the fog line (more sunlight hours) and benefits from cool nights giving it slightly longer vine fruit ripening & better acidity.
Photos of; the legend, Owner-Winemaker Randy Dunn, an aerial view of his Howell Mountain Vineyard, barrel room and landing pad to process fruit for fermentation. — 2 months ago