Central Coast Pinot Noir

Hendricks Wines

Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2014

David T
9.6

Charles Hendricks makes perhaps the best domestic Pinot Noir I’ve had. The 2008 I had 3-4 years ago is the only domestic Pinot Noir I’ve given a score of 9.8. This 2014 could end up rivaling it with a few more years of bottle evolution.

The nose is beautifully layered, fruit, earth, herbaceousness and spices. Ripe, brightly floral and creamy; blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries, plum, blueberries, baked strawberries, pomegranate extract, raspberries and dry cranberries. Vanilla, light; cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, soft, dark spices, dark berry cola/licorice, rich & dry dark soils, limestone minerals, touch of eucalyptus & sage, dark chocolate, understated tarriness, hints of smokiness & grilled meats, used charcoal, underbrush and dark red & blue floral, violet with haunting light lavender.

The 2014 has some of the best palate florals I’ve experienced. The body is round, full and gorgeous. The structure, tension, length and balance are harmonious and beautifully stitched together. The acidity is like a warm rain shower. Ripe, brightly floral and creamy; blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries, plum, blueberries, baked strawberries, pomegranate extract, raspberries and dry cranberries. Vanilla, light; cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, soft, dark spices, dark berry cola/licorice, rich & dry dark soils, limestone minerals, touch of eucalyptus & sage, dark chocolate with a little milk layered over the top, mocha powder, salted caramel, understated tarriness, hints of smokiness & grilled meats, used charcoal, underbrush and dark red & blue floral, violet with haunting light lavender. The well balanced, elegantly sexy, finish is pure beauty that persists for several minutes.

This wine has all the makings of pushing a perfect score.

Photos of; a Santa Lucia Highlands vineyard, a paint from one of my favorite modern artists that hangs in the Hope & Grace tasting room where Hendricks wines can be purchased, Winemaker-Charles Hendricks and a vertical Pinot tasting on the bar in the Hope & Grace tasting room with my favorite painting from their resident artist that used to hang in their tasting room behind it but, now hangs in Charles house.
— 4 days ago

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Hope & Grace

Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

David T
9.2

Still detoxing from Napa & Bordeaux Cabernet.

The nose reveals; dark cassis with some currants, some tarriness, hint of savory, smoked meats, black licorice to the core of anise, blackberries, black cherries, pomegranate extract, dry cranberries, some plum & blue fruits, dark fruit cola, liqueur notes, limestone minerals, some crushed rock powder, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, light vanilla, hints of sage & bay leaf, dark rich forest floor with dry leaves, dark fresh & withering flowers with a touch of bright red florals.

The body is on the fuller and richer side of Pinot. The wine is beautifully elegant across the palate. For a wine not coming from my best storage, this has held up nicely and showing far more complexity and integration than say a year ago. The structure & tension are still firm while the length and balance are approaching its high point. Dark cassis with some currants, some tarriness, hint of savory, smoked meats, black licorice to the core of anise, blackberries, black cherries, pomegranate extract, dry cranberries, some creamy black raspberries, mashed strawberries flesh, plum & blue fruits, raisins, dark fruit cola, liqueur notes, limestone minerals, some crushed rock powder, dark, long lasting spices with some heat, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, light vanilla, hints of sage & bay leaf, dark rich forest floor with dry leaves, dark fresh & withering flowers with a touch of bright red florals. The acidity is quite nice with well balanced fruit & earth finish that is persistent for minutes.

Photos of; Hope & Grace’s Stag’s Leap Vineyard, a very old vine which, I would say is 60 plus years old, Winemaker-Charles Hendricks willing to still do the heavy lifting and one of my favorite paintings that used to be in the Hope & Grace tasting room but, now is in Charles house.
— 20 days ago

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Arcadian

Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2005

Shay A
9.3

Hello whole cluster! Wow, this is so delicious right now. For my palate preference, I enjoy whole cluster pinots with a bit of age on them. Very floral and potpourri dominant aromatics. It’s got that streak of pepper/green stem down the middle of the palate sandwiched between underripe blackberry and sage. — 6 days ago

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This one flirts the line between way too early to drink and right on the money to drink right now. Hard to explain. One thing is for sure: whole cluster fermentation can really mess with the mind. This is a dark black cherry with a little bit of cola and brambly and somewhat green earthy and vegetal notes that dominate the front and middle. The middle is almost medicinal. Finishes with a lot of power yet still has good acidity and finesse. I really don't think there is any hurry to drink this wine quite honestly. It will probably be around for the next five to seven years, although when it drinks like this, you might as well enjoy it!
9.5

Fiddlehead Cellars

Fiddlestix Lollapalooza Santa Rita Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2010

Dark ruby red color. Dark fruit, earthiness, and spice on the nose. Intense tastes of dried figs, licorice, and sweet tobacco with a dusty backbone. The acidity is perfect and finish is fantastic. Happy Valentines Day everyone! — 8 days ago

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Sea Smoke

Southing California Grand Cru Pinot Noir

The 2015 'Southing' Pinot Noir is an outstanding effort sourced from Sea Smokes' south facing Estate Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills. This Pinot Noir is absolutely delectable, however it needs some time in the glass before it begins to fully express itself. Once awakened, the nose evokes a fantastic range of aromatics from blood orange to smoky tones to red cherry preserves, which all come together beautifully. The palate reveals a wonderful velvety texture and a soft mouthfeel, backed by mouth-watering acidity along with a lovely underlying saline mineral steak. Delightful flavors of black cherry cola, mulberry, black tea and Asian spices continue to merge together and leave a gorgeous lasting impression on the finish. While is already absolutely delicious and nearly impossible to resist right now, it should also go on to age gracefully for at least another decade. Drink 2019-2033- 93 — 4 days ago

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WALT Wines

Rita's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

From Clos Pepe, Radian, Fiddlestix & Bentrock vineyards, aged for 10 months in French oak (45% new), aromas of ripe red berry fruits and complex spice. On the palate cherry and raspberry flavors with notes of tea and pepper wrapped in smoky oak. Fine tannins, nicely balanced lingering ending with an earthy mineral tang. — 7 days ago

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Pisoni Vineyards

Estate Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2014

Time is of the essence! I drank this sometime ago and got none of the funk and Burgundian element. Clove, oil and anise fill the nose. Raspberry, toasted oak with some tart cherry fill the mouth. A lot going on in this wine, nimble and light but offers so many element. — 7 days ago

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Chalone Vineyard

Estate Bottled California Pinot Noir 1981

Ridiculous. Why? How? Who cares, this is silly good 38 year old juice. — 3 days ago

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Boen Wines

Santa Barbara, Monterey, Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2016

A tri-appellation Pinot, Böen is a reflection of Owner and Winemaker Joe Wagner’s agricultural roots as a lifelong grapegrower and winemaker. Ruby with blackberry fruit aromas and sweet spice notes. On the palate cherry & blackberry flavors with herb and vanilla oak notes, well balanced. Soft sweet tannins, lingering ending with fruit and spice notes. Very nice. Tasting Sample. Met Joe Wagner at a tasting in CT. — 16 days ago

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Folk Machine

Antle Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Rustic. Earthy. But with a good core of cherry. Label rocks. — 11 days ago

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