Color of cranberry juice with a bit of purple hue on the rim. Nose of fresh cranberry, plum, some vanilla, however nose fades away a bit too fast. Taste is quite pleasing, with subtle sweetness, zesty, cranberry, tinkling on the tongue, and some spice at the end. Very easygoing. Aftertaste of some more bittersweet zest, sweetness, vanilla flavor, spice, and medium long. Kind of crowd pleaser. — 10 days ago
Crunchy, vibrant Pinot. 12.55% ABV (woot!) Unfined, unfiltered. This is Brian’s style of wine, a style I’m happy to drink. But, my resident non-credentialed wine drinker said: “It looks like a Pinot, but it doesn’t taste like a Pinot....”
There’s some candied cherry fruit for sure, but grippy minerals and green veggies make this a different animal. Could easily be confused with cru Beaujolais. — 17 days ago
Bright ruby red with fresh, vibrant aromas of wild blackberry, raspberry jam and cedar box accented by rich floral notes. This wine is juicy and generous on the palate with sweet cherry, field-ripened strawberry, cranberry and just-baked gingerbread. Perfectly balanced with bright acidity and a supple mouthfeel. Fine grained tannins provide an authentic textural distinction and structural depth. — 8 days ago
This was also relatively open but more complex than the Zotovich. It was my favorite Pinot of the evening. We also had the 2017 Pisoni but I failed to get a pic. The Pisoni was more complex like the Drum Canyon but I feel it will be better in the long run.
Paul Lato was in town and I had the chance to spend some time with him and taste through several of his new releases. His wines are great across the board. — 17 days ago
(all stainless steel) Pale brilliant pink. Lively strawberry and blood orange scents, along with hints of pungent flowers and fennel. Dry and focused on the palate, displaying energetic red berry, tangerine and floral qualities that deepen slowly on the back half. Finishes taut and long, displaying lingering stoniness and a touch of bitter orange pith. (Neal Martin, Vinous, January 2019) — a day ago
Mild ruby with a wide cherry red rim. A soft nose of subdued cherries and raspberries, along with some smoke and herbs. What else can you say about Santa Barbara right now? So many amazing wines coming from there right now. This is not a showstopper Pinot at all, it grows on you until you belatedly realize that you really, really liked it. Low to medium acid with not much heat from the alcohol, thankfully. This is crafted as a pure Pinot, not the most complex but still remains very interesting. In the mouth, the palate is more intense than the nose. More red fruit, just brighter. Damp earth notes, mild oak, black tea, and a bit of spice. This is a grower, not a shower. Starts off a bit shy but ends up as a terrific. I adored this little baby. — 3 days ago