North Coast Pinot Noir

Rhys Vineyards

Alesia Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2016

Red apple skins, wild strawberry, spice. Med - body, med + acidity. Bit sharp upon opening but much improved with air (and with food) — 6 days ago

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Merryvale

Carneros Pinot Noir 2013

V13. This is one very good Pinot. Soft smoke nose . Rich blackberry fruit. Clean, long, pepper and earth finish. Great weight and totally balanced, nice food wine. — 6 days ago

Del Dotto Vineyards

Cinghiale Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

My taste never really aligned here. Definitely not a pop and pour wine. This took a while to find its feet. Initial nose of this wine I thought it was corked. 20 minutes later, MUCH improved. Nose of dirty funeral flowers, violets, and a hint of grilled meat. The entry is more on the sweet than savory side with dark roasted fruits and tobacco leaf. The middle is a bit spicy and has a lot of meaty Syrah character quite honestly. Finishes with light acidity, little tannin, hint of mushroom, green olive and black cherry. If tasted blind, I likely would have guessed this was an entry level Washington Syrah. — 3 days ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Stick with THE BEAST.
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We don't see dirty funeral flowers posted much 🤔

Etude

Grace Benoist Ranch Pinot Noir

Really dig this. Juicy, earthy, and fantastic. Turning 35 tomorrow. YeYe — 11 days ago

Shay, P and 2 others liked this

Hyde De Villaine

Ygnacia Los Carneros Pinot Noir 2016

Excellent! As Burgundian as you find in Napa. — 12 days ago

Conrad, Rick and 10 others liked this

Melville

Block M Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2014

This is a really interesting incarnation of Melville’s Block M. The regular 2014 had some stem inclusion (25%, I think, but I’m not sure about that fraction). As a small lot experiment, Greg Brewer produced a small amount absent the stem inclusion. Fascinating difference. Whereas the regular has a distinctive earthy undercurrent, this one is all about the fruit. Not in a jammy sense, but some really spectacular St Rita Hills aromatics that’s less structured than the regular bottling. By dropping the temp down a few degrees, you get a really interesting, profound flavor profile driven by the acidity of the fruit (as opposed to the added tannins from the stems). Probably doesn’t have the longevity of the regular bottling, but is drinking beautifully right now. — 4 days ago

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Raen Winery

Cuvée Royal St. Robert Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016

The 2016 'Royal St. Robert' is a gorgeous wine from Carlo and Dante Mondavi which is a dedication to their grandfather, Robert Mondavi. The Pinot Noir is 80% whole cluster with native fermentation and aged in a combination of 10% new, four-year air-dried French oak and 90% neutral French oak barrels before being bottled without fining or filtration. The wine itself is absolutely gorgeous as it begins with aromas of ripe strawberries and raspberries along with floral, spices, wet stones, blood orange and hints of tea leaf nuances all taking shape. This continues to impress with its fabulous medium body and beautiful fine, delicate tannins. Balanced and focused, this remains remarkably pure and persice though the silky finish. Overall, this is a fantastic wine which is already drinking remarkably well, but should also continue to develop with time. — 8 days ago

Shay, Dr. and 7 others liked this
Stuart Scheff

Stuart Scheff

I’m still sitting on the 14s
Joe D'Angelo

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@Stuart Scheff They should age marvelously... no need to rush👌🏼
Stuart Scheff

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👍🏼

Domaine Carneros (Taittinger)

Brut Carneros Sparkling Blend 2011

Wow this has aged wonderfully. Rich and creamy with apple crisp and toasted brioche. Full of fruit but still dry enough to keep complex, fun, and interesting. — 14 days ago

Shay, Steve and 2 others liked this

Navarro Vineyards

Navarrouge Mendocino County Zinfandel Pinot Noir 2016

Dense purple, moderately extracted pigment. Raspberry, blackberry, strawberry jam, green and black olive notes in nose. Raspberry, blackberry and tart cherry flavors, green olive, cool mint and dusty herbal notes, a touch of tar, bright acidity, light rounded seed tannins in finish initially. A lot of yummy flavors here, a greatest hits collection of traditional Cali red wines. Lovely complexity here — 21 days ago

Aaron, P and 7 others liked this
David Shaw

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Purple, moderately extracted pigment. Raspberry, blackberry black and green olive notes in nose
Trixie

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Cheers!🍷

Truchard

Carneros Pinot Noir 2015

Cherry, raspberry, vanilla, mossy earth, licorice and oak. Great structure and soft tannins. — 3 days ago