Central Coast Pinot Noir

Melville

Clone 115 Estate - Clonal Series Pinot Noir 2007

Can’t believe this is a 2007. From the Clonal Series that Greg Brewer put together when he was still at Melville, this wine is absolutely terrific. Beautiful notes of candied strawberries on the nose, this wine still has great balance, a pure, focused palate, and an elegant finish. An absolute testament to the ageability of pinots from the Central Coast, this one still has several more years of life left. Just terrific. — 5 days ago

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Calera

Ryan Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007

After leaving it about 4 hours open... This wine gave me a flashback. Way back in school while backpacking Europe, I bee-lined to the hospices de beaune. Armed with the supplied tastevin, I remember having the ‘78 Echezeaux. And being floored. I said to the old guy there... “wow... this is way better than Bordeaux!!!” He laughed something in French which I took as “you betcha”. — 24 days ago

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Lutum

Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

I just like this one. Sometimes wonderful is just simple. Grab what you can because they have apparently closed their doors. Wonderful PnP. Medium light red color. Floral bouquet on the nose. Cola and raspberries. Wonderful acidity brings everything into balance. Paired well with my grilled whole lemon chicken. — 17 days ago

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Roasted Chicken looks tasty.
Deborah M

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Thank you @David T it was a winner! Big Green Egg is my secret sauce 😉
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The Green Egg is fantastic...definitely worth the spend.

Moone-Tsai Vineyards

Corinne Cuvée Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017

Shay A
9.2

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

It was my first time trying Moone-Tsai wines aside from their widely distributed Napa Valley Cab, so some of these were totally brand new to me. Melka is the winemaker.

Inaugural vintage for this wine. Fruit is coming from Petaluma Gap. This seems to have a Burgundian flair, but the fruit won’t allow it to go fully there. Fairly ripe black cherries, crunchy cranberries, underbrush, black tea and slightly green. Mellow on the palate with more tannin than acidity right now (which seems unique), and a definite dried floral, dried black fruit and herbal streak down the middle of the palate. Needs some time.
— 10 hours ago

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Wow. These are all new to me. I only am familiar with their Napa Cab. Great reviews.
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@Deborah M : If you like Melka’s style, these are up your alley. I was really captivated by the Paige Cuvee Chardonnay, but all three cabs were flat out incredible.

Testarossa

Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

Pale purple and ruby hues with a delicate haze. Black cherry crisp, raspberry jam, plum sauce, almond paste, vanilla bean, spearmint, sage, sweet basil, molasses, cardamom, lemongrass, and dried lavender notes on the nose. Tart cherries and herbal influences on the palate. Medium- body and medium acidity. Nicely balanced with a semblance of reserve softening into a juicy ripeness with each encounter. Pairs nicely with herbed pork tenderloin wrapped in prosciutto, roasted butternut squash, and steamed haricots verts.

Vintage 2013. ABV 14.2%.

#testarossa #doctorsvineyard #santaluciahighlands #pinotnoir #newworldpinot
— 11 days ago

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Dennis P.

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@Vanessa D Are green beans. Good review
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@Dennis P. Thank you 🙏 Ah, yes, haricots verts are green beans in French. What can I say? Sometimes words / phrases sound a little lovelier in French, like, aubergine (eggplant), pommes frites (French fries), café latte (espresso with steamed milk) ... 😝
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Dennis P.

@Vanessa D Ahhh, should have known that. My barn is named maison de ma¡s, house of corn. I appreciate the explanation.

Roar

Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

Delicious ripe blue fruits with a savory quality that's really nice. Would merit a higher score if it had more structure to support the big fruits. Drink now. — 12 days ago

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Schramsberg Vineyards

Methode Traditionnelle Brut Blanc de Noirs Pinot Noir 2015

Jack and Jamie Davies revived the historic vineyards and cellars in 1965, with a goal to produce world-class sparkling wines, passing torch to their son Hugh. A blend of 81% Pinot Noir and 19% Chardonnay (blend varies each year) with stone and berry fruit aromas and earthy spice. On the palate the light mousse shows raspberry, peach and mango flavors with biscuit and slight baking spice notes. Long finish, lively acidity ending with citrus and yeasty tones. Grab a bottle for Valentine’s Day. — 6 days ago

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Domaine de la Côte

Bloom's Field Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2013

David T
9.2

Thought it would be good timing to finally try Rajat’s 2013 Bloom’s Field.

The nose straight out of the decanter gave a strong presence of potpourri laced candle wax. That has subsided now. The fruits are ripe, ruby; blackberries, black cherries, black raspberries, baked strawberries, some dry cranberries, raspberries with blackberries pulling up the rear. Nice evenly, soft, layered baking spices; clove, cinnamon, light nutmeg and gentle vanilla. Mixed dark berry cola, understated, black licorice, whiff of lightly grilled meats, black, fruit tea, limestone alluvial soils, dry crushed rocks, dark turned earth, dry herb blend, light, fresh tobacco notes, worn leather with a nice bouquet of; red, dark, purple and blue florals.

The body is, round, ruby and just full. Tannins still have adolescent teeth. The structure, tension could use some more time in bottle...length and balance have just hit their stride. Gorgeous mouthfeel. The fruits are ripe, ruby, a little gluey; blackberries, black cherries, black raspberries, baked strawberries, some dry cranberries, raspberries with blackberries pulling up the rear. Nice evenly, soft, layered baking spices; clove, cinnamon, light nutmeg and gentle vanilla. Mixed dark berry cola, dark spices, understated, black licorice, lightly grilled meats, black, fruit tea, limestone alluvial soils, dry crushed rocks, dry pebbles, moist, dark turned earth, dry herb blend, light, fresh tobacco notes, worn leather with a nice bouquet of; red, dark, purple and blue florals with gentle lavender on the back end. The acidity is a gentle rain shower. The beautiful finish is straight up; elegant, well balanced, seamless and persists nicely for minutes.

Paired with Kentucky Bourbon Marinated Chicken Skewers and Wild Rice.

Photos of; Bloom’s Field Vineyard, The Sommeliers Altas of Taste that Rajat & Jordan Macrat wrote. Good read if you are so inclined & of course, Master Sommelier/Owner/Winemaker-Rajat Parr.

Additional notes; Rajat has always loved Pinot and its many expressions from all over the world. After becoming one of the better & more well known Master Somms, it was his dream to make world class Pinot Noir. He is succeeding as his last few vintages have gotten very high notoriety. It was his 2015 Bloom’s Field that Master Sommelier Dustin Wilson featured in Somm 3 in his recreation of the Judgment of Paris with some of the best palates in NYC and again separately with The Godfather of Master Somms-Fred Dame, Author-Jancis Robinson & Steven Spurrier.
— 19 days ago

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This wine is kick ass
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Fred Dame is a legendary man!

WALT Wines

Clos Pepe Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2017

Dark-fruited and weighty for a PN. Lovely balance and elegant mouthfeel. — 7 days ago

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Anthill Farms

North Coast Pinot Noir

Delectable Wine
8.9

The NV Pinot Noir (North Coast), a blend of 2017 and 2018 vintages from Anderson Valley and the Sonoma Coast, is a total knock-out and a great value to boot. Floral, cinnamon and crushed red berry notes grace a mid-weight, gracious Pinot Noir that screams with character. $25.00 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2020) — a day ago

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