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let's open this beautiful Pinot Noir from California.
Deep ruby in color with a short purple rim.
Beautiful nose of black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, dried figs, tobacco, spices, herbs, light vegetables, pencil lead, black pepper, chocolates, mocha, earth and dark coffee.
Full bodied, smooth and elegant with medium acidity and beautiful long legs.
Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet plums, cherries, wood, cloves, light vegetables, pencil lead, peppercorn, leather, tobacco, chocolates and mocha.
Long finish with very soft tannins and tangy raspberries.
This Pinot Noir from the Wagner family is drinking so nicely now. This 4 year old is well balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Soft, velvety and delicious.
A Pinot Noir for the Cabernet lover. Fruit forward, rich and extracted, and might be too fruity for some.
Good right out of the bottle and didn't really change much, even after 2 hours of airtime.
I paired it with cheeses, dried fruits and light flatbreads.
Aged for 9 months in French oak barrels.
14.7% alcohol by volume.
$50. — 10 days ago
Deep garnet color with aromas of black cherries, brown sugar, and mocha. A heavier Pinot Noir (which I love!). Layers of a black cherry, dark chocolate, spice and coffee Bean unfold with earth the undertones of mushroom and truffle. — 4 days ago
Médium garnet, legs, medium nose, potpourri, dried roses, slightly meaty and bloody, cumin and sage and smoke. On the palate it’s completely #californiawine with a rich and luscious body and flavors. Strawberry tart and rhubarb. With a touch of leather. Wicked #pinotnoir from #staritahills #zotovich — 20 hours ago
Dark cherry and barnyard funk on the nose. Tangy fruit with chard fruit notes and spice layered over a mineral backbone. Tangy fruit and moderate acid in the finish. A smooth and balanced California style Pinot with more going on than just cherry pie. — 3 days ago
Writing notes from memory rather than real time as I normally do.
I’ve never loved many of the 2010 Napa/Sonoma wines. For me, they just don’t show the body and structure I’ve become accustom to from the region in their best years. 2010 was cooler, had more overcast/hazy days and some rain at harvest that complicated things.
The West Ridge showed nice fruits of; black cherry, strawberries, cherries, some lean blackberries, cranberries and pomegranate. The fruits were lighter in style on the first night from Coravin. The second night the wine put on some weight. It was mostly fruit and not a lot of complexity. However, had some very and I mean very light baking spices, hint of herbaceous and soft understated minerals and limestone. Rounded out with some fresh pink & red florals. The acidity was very nice. However, the finish while nicely fruit driven, smooth & elegant, it left me a little palate empty and wanting more from the bottling.
I did enjoy the lower 12.8% ABV though...wish more producers were in the 12-13% range.
Photos of; the Hirsch tasting room, Owner David Hirsch, their barrel room and one of their Sonoma vineyards. — 16 hours ago
Impromptu meet up at Classic!
Know nothing of this producer. Whoa...whole cluster here? Spicy, crunchy and bramble driven. Very Sta Rita Hills. Rhubarb and cedar smoked nose. The palate is less complex than I expected based on the nose, but it’s still floral with an added cranberry sauce finish. — 4 days ago
Victoria from Bevan Cellars came to town and put on a wonderful tasting of some current releases.
Really enjoyed trying this next to the Petaluma Gap. I think I surprised myself in that I ended up liking the Rita’s just a tiny bit more. More spicy red fruit and the acidity seemed sharper. Very black cherry dominant. Main difference I got in the two was this seemed to have a more maple/sandalwood note compared to the more cedar with Petaluma. — 11 days ago