Pinot Noir

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Quarter Moon Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008

David T
9.0

The 08 Quarter Moon out of Magnum.

If you didn’t think the Phelps Pinot’s will age, they will. While they started slow in quality with their Pinot’s, their last three bottles have been very good.

On the nose; muted dark cherries, cherries, strawberries cranberries, pomegranate with hues of blue fruit. Vanilla, wood shavings, limestone and fresh & withering red florals.

The body is lean to medium. Still shows some tannins. Ripe elegant fruits of; dark cherries, cherries, strawberries dry cranberries, pomegranate with hues of blue fruit. Vanilla, wood shavings, gritty yet powdery limestone minerals and fresh & withering red florals. Very nice round acidity and well balanced but short finish.
— 3 days ago

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K & M Winery

Réserve Alchemy Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Working our way through the 2012s, although after this tasting maybe we should wait another year or so. This is a strong, dark, bold Pinot. Dark in color and opacity, dark, ripe, stewed red fruits, dark tobacco and oak. LOTS of life left in this but still drinking well now. Not as good IMO solo vs. with food, where it has previously been exceptional, but a favorite none the less. — 2 days ago

Mike, Carl and 2 others liked this

Rivers-Marie

Occidental Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

I have a mag of this, and FOR SURE I will let that one sit for a while. This pinot is SUBSTANTIAL. Brambly black cherry and cola, a little mint. Herbal with a black peppery kind of finish. This wine can cut through just about any dish. The cola note in the middle of this wine is quite enjoyable, and goes to show you that this wine in 750 needs to hold 1-2 years, but needs to hold 10 years en magnum! So far, this is my favorite of the 2016 PN's from Rivers-Marie, although I'm actually not sure if I'm doing this a service or disservice by rating this one a 94 at the moment as I feel that it is likely capable of pushing higher than this (yes, for a pinot). — 11 days ago

Kimberly, Phil and 20 others liked this

Gary Farrell

Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

Had this one for a little while, which is probably different compared to other 15 Pinots which have been consumed right on the spot. This wine is massive for a Pinot and perhaps a tiny bit of a divergnece for Farrell? Nice wine that has a lot of youthful raspberry, almost an orange kind of tang, some mint, cola, tannic finish, and rather balanced from start to finish. This producer is not a particular favorite of my wife, which is great considering that it usually means the bottle is all mine! Youthful now, but for the true expression of this wine, it needs more time. I feel that this wine is going to be at the top of the hill in 2-3 years, with the capacity to go probably close to 10 years with proper cellaring. — 3 days ago

Paul, Eric and 9 others liked this

Domaine Robert Arnoux / Arnoux-Lachaux

Les Suchots Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Pinot Noir 1995

Tawny purple. Almost opaque. Super nose with the Vosne spice prevalent right away. Notes of rhubarb, black cherry, Asian spice, wet soil and a little menthol. Rich and textured in the mouth. The experience blossoms as the wine got more air over several hours. As I think Tanzer wrote about this wine, it hits the pleasure center of the brain. Everything you want in a red burg. — 4 days ago

Shay, Tom and 10 others liked this

Donum

Estate Grown Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2007

Nose has very approachable ripe raspberry and strawberry notes, to me classic, aged Russian River fruit, beautiful. Only a light trace of alcohol (14.4% on this one) at the trailing end of a deep sniff.

Palate is still concentrating, this needs much more air time, presently a light raspberry/strawberry/cherry note with a damp sand aspect, perhaps some dried orange peel too.

I'm looking for improvement as the night progresses...

24hr Update: Nose is similar, but now includes bruised fruits. Palate is nice, great, sappy, macerated cherry notes today, yum.
— 10 days ago

Phil, Shay and 20 others liked this

Domaine Jean-Jacques Girard

Clos du Roi 1er Cru Beaune Pinot Noir 2014

Lyle Fass
9.3

Classic wine in classic vintage. Very earthy and mineral nose. Needs an hour for more fruit to show. What is there is damson. Lovely spice and underbrush. Palate is dense and sweet with lovely wet earthy and terrific acidity. Such a clean wine and great 1er Cru. Has the structure for 10-15 years of improvement. Terrific. Sweet fruit and tannins. Sour cherries on the finish. Complex. — 8 days ago

LM, Severn and 3 others liked this

Rivers-Marie

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016

Served two glasses from Coravin and was fighting the urge to just open the rest of the bottle. QPR, the value of this wine is ridiculous. But....let's be honest.....this wine is YOUNG. Pours a dark, dirty violet into the glass. The nose is beautiful... boysenberry, orange peel, herb-filled. The entry has enough acidity, raspberry and brambly kind of front, with more herb on the back. Definitely not fully integrated now, but I guess I really couldn't expect that so early. A 9.1 now, with potential to get to 9.3/4-ish. — 2 days ago

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TheSkip

TheSkip

Agreed. Outstanding! I have a hard time believing their single vineyards are twice as good since they’re twice as expensive

St Innocent Winery

Villages Cuvée Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2014

Tried this again, good value. St. Innocent Winery was founded in May 1988 by Mark Vlossak, with eight investors. Ten tons of grapes were crushed the first fall, producing about 575 cases of wine. Deep red with berry fruit aromas, spice and floral notes. On the palate cherry and raspberry flavors, juicy with herb pepper notes. Fine tannins, nicely balanced with acidity on a lingering finish ending with fruit and earthy mineral. Nice Value. — 7 days ago

Jeff, David and 2 others liked this

Siduri

Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

Adam and Dianna Lee, founded Siduri in 1994, producing only four and a half barrels of Pinot Noir that first vintage. Now they make over 10,000 cases of Pinot Noir. Ruby with aromas of berry fruit, citrus & warm baking spice. On the palate, raspberry and cherry, tangy, with cedar notes & herbsl tones. Bright acidity, soft expressive tannins, lingering finish ending with oak and pepper spice. Very nice! — 7 days ago

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