Pinot Noir

Panther Creek

Winemaker's Cuvée Pinot Noir 2014

It is Friday night again and I have picked up just recently this 2014 Panther Creek Wimemakers Cuveé from the Willamette Valley that I wanted to try.

On the nose there is cherry, raspberry, pomegranate, vanilla, smokey oak, spice, black olive, violet and earth.

The nose reveals notes of dark cherry, raspberry, strawberry, clove, cola, vanilla, wet leaves, spice, forest floor and earth.

This wine is medium body with medium + acidity and medium sandy tannins that lead to a medium to long earthy fruit finish. A serviceable wine that would go nice with many different dishes. Let's start this weekend off right and make this a great one. Please stay safe and enjoy yourselves. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷
— 3 days ago

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Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014

My first bottle I tried using the Coravin Model 2 Elite 👍 Remember to enter the competition I posted on Saturday on Instagram for your chance to win one also 🤞 Drinking well young @ £80 but should improve a little letting the dry tones soften 😁

🥧 Paired w/ Mrs Es homemade Chicken & Mushroom Pie w/ Dauphinoise Potato (scroll for pic ⏩)

📍 Kistler Sonoma Coast 2014

🏵 92 points w/ more potential maybe

🍇 Pinot Noir

🍷 Clear deep ruby w/ a purple hue

👃 Earthy spiced red cherry & dirty blackberry bramble bush through soft smokey herbs w/ light oak, red roses & hints of gasoline

👄 Med body of creamy smooth ripe earthy blackberry & red cherry cola w/ raspberry, strawberry, light dry minerals & a hint of cocoa

🎯 Long touch dry blackberry, cherry & red fruit earthy gooey linger
— 7 days ago

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Au Bon Climat

Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir Westall Vineyard 2015

Operated by Jim Clendenen who started winery in 1982. Runway’s first vintage was 2013 & 2015 is great. Limited production from this small vineyard. Aromas of ripe sweet fruit & floral scents, aged in French oak for about 20 months (winery folks indicated only a small amount of new oak was used). On the palate intense fruit flavors of cherry & strawberry, complex subtle spice, well balanced with acidity, great mouthfeel. Fine soft tannins lingering ending. Very nice, less than 250 cases made. Tasting Sample! — 4 days ago

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Domaine Drouhin

Oregon Pinot Noir 2015

Established in 1987, DD Oregon is owned by famed Burgundy producer, Maison Joseph Drouhin. Hand-crafted by fourth generation winemaker, Veronique Drouhin-Boss. Ruby with fruit and sweet floral scents, very French in style. On the palate cherry and blueberry with pepper and earthy notes. Young but integrated tannins, well defined, elegant with underlying richness, long finish.
— 3 days ago

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Max Geitlinger

Wein Pinot Noir 2015

Based on enjoying the 2013 & 2014 versions in the past 12 mo. I decided this bottle should get a very extended decant, ~5 hours.

The most exciting nose of prior vintages, mashed sour cherry, dry earth, autumn leaves (quite distinctly) and crushed blackberry.

Palate has earthy (slightly mocha) black cherry, Bing cherry compote and moist loamy soil. Perfectly balanced tannins, likely soothed by the longer decant, long finish, great bottle, Chambolle-like!

Very enjoyable, wait until 2022+ before opening future bottles.

@Delectable Wine For your records this is a Baden, Germany based producer. Thanks.
— a day ago

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@Lyle Fass Thanks, best one yet.
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Thanks for sacrificing one young, and for the info...I'll hang on to mine and open in a while.
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@Aravind Asok If you have multiple, pop one, decant all morning and enjoy late afternoon, baby liaison.

Domaine Delaporte

Silex Sancerre Pinot Noir 2016

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Nose of barnyard at first and a bright ripe cherry. Some graphite or pencil lead too. The barnyard is disturbing at first and it needs a quite some time to get away. The palate is yummy with lots of ripe cherry all.around the acid backbone. A strong grip on the sides and a bit of tannins in the end. The finish is yummy too with cherry again and a bit of salt/meat. Very nice all round wine as always with this producer.
— 2 days ago

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Sea Smoke

Sea Spray Blanc de Noirs California Grand Cru Sparkling Pinot Noir 2013

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Never had a sparkler like this. Slightly oxidative with rhubarb tart and bright/ripe bing cherries on the nose. Not much chalk or limestone on the palate...or citrus notes of any kind. Mousse was fairly light. There was a really unique sweet red fruit characteristic I was struggling to identify...overripe honeycrisp apple, maybe? Fun to try. Thanks @Weston Eidson — 2 days ago

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When s Weston’s bubbly coming?
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@Joshua Fisher : Not for a while. Likely end of 2021 or early 2022. I’m excited to try it once it gets closer to release.

La Crema

Shell Ridge Pinot Noir 2015

Interesting... I'm fairly new to PN. But this is clearly atypical. The color is a medium to deep purple. There are lots of oak notes on the nose. Strong vanilla, biscuits, wood, and a little animal/meatish. Underneath, is a slight mint tea note, and an unripe version of licorice. On the palate, it's a bit more like a Pinot Noir, but still very atypical. It's medium plus body, light acidity, light-med tannins. Finish is decent. To me this is unlike what I'm used to from La Crema, but I like it. This is likely because I'm a big red drinker. Not sure others would agree.

91 points
— 3 days ago

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@M. Christopher Roebuck M great review and pic. Do I see a little snow ❄️ Cheers 🍷
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No more snow @P A ! It finally is warming up here in Baltimore.

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@M. Christopher Roebuck M. Sounds crazy but we love the snow up here and hate to see it go Cheers ⛷

Samuel Robert Winery

Family Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017

The new Family Reserve is a clear ruby in the glass with color to the rim. Somewhat shy nose of black cherry and weak tea. Palate is medium bodied and confirms the nose with medium acidity and medium tannins throughout. Wow! The good folks at Coelho brought their A-plus game to this one! A super elegant PN that will serve every purpose you have for Pinot Noir, including holding if you wish. Classic pairs are its friend. Unusual pairs will sing too. Drink now through 2026. — a day ago

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Gary Farrell

Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Compared to other Nacido wines I've tried, this one is just missing something. Perhaps the thing it's missing most is....AGE..... Decision to open this one probably was a sheer act of infanticide. This one definitely improved with an hour of air. I was expecting a darker, foreboding and somewhat jagged experience. This one didn't have too much of the above. Nice nose of raspberry licorice, thyme. Entry of this wine is sweeter, but at first seemed to be a little bit flat. The middle of this wine is where the nose copied and pasted to the palate. The finish was acidic, and this is kind of where the wine started to resemble what I know of Bien Nacido. Overall, this wine is a little disjointed, and I likely attribute that to youth. I'd love to have a few more bottles of this one to hold for 2-3 years. This is gonna be a NICE WINE in 2024. — 11 days ago

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Not so much of the iron/savory notes it seems in comparison to the Bien Nacido Pinot we had at Classic a few months back? That represented the vineyard well in my opinion!
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Agreed @Shay A -- most definitely lacking in that department