Kukeri Wines Russian River Valley Cuvée Ivonne Pinot Noir 2019, California
Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.
Fruity nose of cherries, raspberries, spices, light oak, chocolates, vanilla, licorice and black pepper.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity. Soft and smooth.
Dry on the palate with bing cherries, strawberries, raspberries, spices, light chocolates, oak, black pepper, licorice and light vanilla.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a tasty Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley. Easy drinking with mild complexity. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Light and airy.
Still young, but already enjoyable, even by itself. Would be nice to see how this evolves in 3 to 5 years.
Good right out of the bottle. I gave it a light chill and paired it with a beautiful view.
100% Pinot Noir grapes were hand picked and aged for 12 months in French oak barrels (30% new). A small production of only 5 barrels made.
14.2% alcohol by volume.
$42. — 2 days ago
The 2019 Zinfandel Giuseppe & Luisa shows all of the intensity of the Martinelli wines, but with an extra kick of floral overtones and acid brightness to perk things up. Cinnamon, crushed red berry, wild flowers, mint and blood orange all run through this expressive, silky Zinfandel. The blend of Jackass Hill and Jackass Vineyard Zinfandel clones on four different rootstocks, which results in different ripening cycles and harvest times, all of which translates into notable complexity in the finished wine. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2021)
— 6 days ago
Notre Vue Estate Balverne Forever Wild Pinot Noir 2019, Russian River Valley, California 8
Reddish in color with light to medium intensity.
Fruity nose of bing cherries, blueberries, strawberries, vanilla, light oak, light vegetables and spices.
Light to medium in body with medium acidity.
Dry on the palate with cherries, blueberries, light wood, bitter herbs, earth, light vegetables and peppercorn.
Nice finish with fine grained tannins (after an hour of airtime) and strawberries.
This is an easy drinking Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley. Fresh and fruity. Light and engaging.
Still young, but already enjoyable, even by itself. A good pool or porch wine. Tangy and spicy.
Better after an hour of airtime, when tannins show up, but good right out of the bottle, too.
Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years. A nice good quality wine.
14.2% alcohol by volume.
$45. — 18 days ago
Omg whaaa in a blind tasting I’d probably call it Oregon Pinot Gris. That’s the style. I love this. Pinot Gris and Grigio are the same grape so it’s interesting they went with the naming it a Grigio name.
Honeysuckle and pineapple fun. Acid and fruit ripeness says new world yah I’d probably blind tasted call it new world Pinot Gris or mayyyyybe new world chenin but the acid is too low for that fun.
— 18 days ago
Pale lemon with aromas of stone and citrus fruits with honeysuckle notes for the RRV chard. On the palate flavors of apple, pear, lemon citrus zest and melon, complex, mineral tones with soft toasty oak and sweet spice. The wine was fresh, with vibrant crisp acidity, well balanced on a long finish ending with fruit and floral notes. Has some mid-term aging potential. Nice! — 14 days ago
‘Auteur’, meaning, ‘author’ in French, is a micro boutique, family-owned and run winery in Sonoma. The name captures a sense of creativity, artistry, and innovation.
Here’s a flight of the 2019 Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir, the 2019 Labyrinth Vineyard Pinot Noir, and Auteur’s inaugural 2018 Nunnery Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.
Wow, each of these wines has such a strong sense of self. From a baked black cherry, plum, fruit focused wine (Gap’s Crown) to a more mocha, earthy, inky, spicy wine (Labyrinth), to an herbal, eucalyptus, rose, potpourri, green bell pepper driven wine (Nunnery).
The Pinots come from a clone known for its thick skin (relatively speaking!), which overall lends a deeper hue and more tannin to the structure. These wines are made exclusively from the free run juice.
The Pinots are all fermented in 60% new French oak (medium toast), the Cabernet is just slightly more with 70% new French oak.
The Cabernet was aged for 24 months in the barrel, lending cedar, clove, and cinnamon notes.
These wines are beautiful 😍😍😍
— 21 days ago