Central Coast Pinot Noir

Hope & Grace

Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

David T
9.2

On a Charles Hendricks wines run here. An early finish at our rental property to attend our friends Christmas party.

Thought we’d check in on the 13. It’s still early on the Santa Lucia...still needs another 3-5years in bottle.

The nose is; brooding, dark, rich, ripe, cassis. Well extracted blackberries, black cherries, black plum, plum, haunt blue fruits, black raspberries and poached strawberries. Notes of soft & elegantly, layered baking spices; cinnamon, clove & nutmeg. Dark chocolate, light caramel, understated dark spice, limestone, crushed, dry rocks, dark, moist, turned earth, just a whiff of dry herbs, dry top soil, wet clay, dark fruit cola, some black licorice with fresh & withering dark, red & blue florals framed in violets & lavender.

The body is, rich, ripe, ruby & full. There is sandy/dusty tannin presence. The structure & tension are still quite pronounced. The length & balance are good but, still require some evolution. It is round, elegant and slides nicely across the palate. Dark, rich, ripe, cassis. Well extracted blackberries, black cherries, black plum, plum, haunt blue fruits, black raspberries, dry cranberries, poached strawberries & in and out raspberries qualities. Notes of soft & elegantly, layered baking spices; cinnamon, clove & nutmeg. Dark chocolate, light caramel, understated dark spice, limestone, crushed, dry rocks, dark, moist, turned earth, dry herbs-bay leaf, a touch mint & eucalyptus, dry top soil, wet clay, dark fruit cola, some black licorice with fresh & withering dark, red & blue florals framed in violets & lavender. The acidity is round and holds the slightly higher alcohol in check. The nice, fruit finish is; plush, elegant, persistent, polished and then drifts into drier earthiness & dark spice. Better things ahead for this Charles Hendricks Cuvée in 3-5 years...picks up two score points.

Photos of, the exterior of the Hope & Grace tasting room in Yountville, their tasting salon, one of my favorite paintings that used to sit behind their tasting room bar but, now resides in Charles house and the vineyard that the fruit for this wine is sourced in Santa Lucia.
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Tyler

La Rinconada Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Needs way more time - thin and uninteresting the first day, second day a bit more weight and complexity. Bright red fruits and a pleasant sweetness. — 11 days ago

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Belle Glos

Clark & Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

Thanksgiving at its best. It’s always great to spend one more year with your dad as you get older enjoying great food and good wine — 9 days ago

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Domaine de la Côte

Bloom's Field Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2017

Maker’s dinner with Sashi Moorman! Floral notes as the name goes with beautiful fruit and some light spicy notes. — a day ago

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Sandhi Wines

Sanford & Benedict Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2015

Maker’s dinner with Sashi Moorman. Tart cherries with some whole cluster spice and a hint of salinity. — a day ago

Ira, Shay and 6 others liked this

Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards

Cheval Sauvage Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2014

This was a sneaky ghosted wedding gift. Pretty nose with ripe cherries, candied plums, pork loin, earl gray tea, potpourri, dark chocolate shavings, graphite, and ash. Mid-palate is juicy, fleshy and bright. The finish shows creamy red fruits centered in minerality and earth. You can grab this at $19.99, which is a steal for a quality Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir. Cheers! — 19 days ago

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Jeffrey G

Jeffrey G

Curious where you found this for $20
Neal Schaffer

Neal Schaffer

@Jeffrey G I found it at a Pennsylvania Fine Wine and Good Spirits near me. It’s on sale!

Talbott

Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Smells like great California Pinot. Tastes and feels like it. Carries me into the dark dark goth night of Pinot NOIR of vineyards named “Sleepy Hollow” which is great for the day I’m recommending it for (stay tuned). Rich enough ripe enough but the acid cuts through. I’d drink this. I do drink this. — 4 days ago

David, Chris and 11 others liked this

Domaine de la Côte

Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2017

From a maker’s dinner with Sashi Moorman. Less complex and slightly more bold than the Bloom’s Field. Love! — a day ago

Ira, James and 9 others liked this

Castle Rock Winery

Central Coast Pinot Noir 2017

A long time Turkey day favorite, that seemed to lose status as a Thankgiving staple has returned with triumph to our table. Velvet and rich, dark garnet. Flavors of blackberries and lingonberry. Loved the sturdy burst of flavor in my mouth. — 4 days ago

Argus

Napa Valley Carneros Pinot Noir 2017

A tasty and interesting Pinot Noir from Napa Valley. Never had one from Napa, actually.

Showing cherries, strawberries, wood, raspberries, chocolates, vanilla, spices, cola and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity. Soft and elegant with nice complexity.

Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel. Balanced with nice acidity.

Would age nicely in the next 5 years.

Good for parties. Good by itself or with food. A nice porch wine. I had it slightly chilled which was great.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$32.
— 2 days ago

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