Love the work that the winemaker does, but this was my first Cattleya. Lifted profile with a touch of spice...assuming some whole cluster usage. Perfumed potpourri, spicy red fruits, and black cherry skin on the nose. Medium acidity with stemmy/herbaceous notes alongside violets, more black cherries, underripe plum and peppercorn. — 5 days ago
Very solid bubbly at the under $20 price. Medium bubbles w a nice mousse. A touch of grassiness and a touch of dry and grassy flavors. I’m not getting the sweetness people have commented on. Nice stuff. I’d go w Roederer over this in a heartbeat at same price but this is intriguing. Also made a great French 75 after a glass by itself. — 18 days ago
Harvest party at Donum estate in Carneros, Sonoma! Live music and catered bites of food. Pouring the following wines:
2017 russian river chard
2017 carneros estate pinot
2017 west slope pinot
2012 east slope pinot
2012 1870 pinot
2010 10th anniversary pinot
More wine to follow...life is good on this beautiful day in Carneros — 9 days ago
2006 vintage drinking in 2019- color is brownish / burnt umber mixed with burgundy (no pun- even though the name of the color is derived from the color of the wine ) Earthy on the nose. Wet soil and mint. You must wait at least a half an hour to taste- On the tongue fresh fruit some red/dark cherries and ripened peaches ( peaches for sure I am not imagining things ). The finish is nice and long and tannins are very pleasant not overwhelmingly grippy. Really nice Pinot Noir. Wait! What?? This is is not a french pinot?!!! :P — 4 days ago
A spicy Pinot. White pepper, light red fruit, pine needles, oak, and a hint of motor oil. On the palate, it starts with a mild sweet/nuttiness. I suppose it's almond. It subsides with pronounced nuts, with low tannins..
Had this with baked cod. Nice pair .
Wow, so Delectable is great. I just learned that I had this wine/vintage last year, and rated it 89+ points. Nevertheless, this disturbed me. I can say that the residual sugar isn't hitting me this time (maybe bottle age is helping) otherwise, some notes are redundant-- e.g., spice. Also, the wood has definitely mellowed and now I find it enjoyable.
93 points — 6 days ago
Colour of bright light ruby. Smoky and varnishy red fruits: red currant and red cherry on the nose. The palate is light to medium weight with medium intensity. A little noticeable oak on the palate but not intrusive. With time in decanter the nose developed a foresty complexity - a beautiful floral sappy perfume. This is why we love Pinot Noir. I have had Australian Pinot Noirs similar to this - reminiscent of Mornington Peninsula IMO. — 11 days ago
Beautiful pinot and classical representation of the Carneros appelation. Delicious tart cherry with subtle earthiness, overall very well balanced and neither too jammy nor too much funk. This is exceptional wine from one of the region’s most consistent producers. — 21 days ago