Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

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

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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.
— 9 days ago

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Paper Planes

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

David T
9.2

Very nice, well made Rosé. Nice fruit, florals and shuttle chalky minerality. It’s only fault, just a tad too sweet for my taste. First course at Hedy’s Plate & Bottle dinner. Caramelized Carrot Soup, Hazelnut Tarragon. Excellent yummy preparation. @PlateAndBottle — 8 days ago

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Love the acidity on this wine.
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They do a very nice Rosé and the acidy is round & beautiful.

Failla

Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir

Pure RRV feel. Loads of ripe red fruit and cinnamon on the nose. Palate is gorgeously silky. Pure fruit. Beauty. — 4 days ago

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Edge Hill

Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

Mike R
9.4

@Martin G Rivard - HFIC - you are coolest badass I know - this gift is beyond appreciation and rhonda and I are so grateful

I still feel like this is one of the top 5 Napa chards our there - just really hits the long week over Friday relax time feelings I have - thank you kind sir and in the words of the initial Godfather where Luca Brasi says (or paraphase)

“Don Corleone (aka HFIC) on this day you gift me this Edge Hill Chard, I wish you have more bottles show up in your cellar as masterful and as magnificent as this wine sir and I pledge that I will give my undivided attention and devotion to you and the WNH group forever”

I think it went like that -😂🍷👏👍❤️
— 3 days ago

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Incredible wine! This 12 is spectacular. @Martin G Rivard @Mike R Miss you guys!
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@David L Miss You too bud!. We will see you sooner rather than later!
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@Martin G Rivard We certainly hope so!!

Robert Stemmler Winery

IWnside Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Wow just opened another bottle, and upgraded my previous rating. One of my Fav’s, still tasting great, even better. Formerly known as Nugent Vineyards, the Winside Vineyards Pinot Noir was aged in French Oak (25% new). Dark Ruby with a nose of dark berry fruit and generous spice. On the palate blackberry and sweet cherry flavors, with leather, cacao & tobacco layers. Soft texture, fine tannins well balanced on a lingering finish ending with earthiness. Very Nice! Good value! — 12 days ago

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Williams Selyem

Bacigalupi Vineyard Zinfandel 2014

Began as a dream of 2 friends, Ed Selyem & Burt Williams, who pursued weekend winemaking as a hobby in 1979 in a garage in Forestville, CA, and made their first commercial vintage in 1981. A great Zin. Ripe sweet berry fruits with sweet spice. Flavors of sweet blackberry & raspberry, some cacao, with a jolt of black pepper. Tannins a bit rustic that soften quickly. Lingering ending with sweet crisp notes. Pricey but will not disappoint. — 15 days ago

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Freeman Vineyard & Winery

Ryo-fu Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2015

15 Freeman Ryo- Fu Chardonnay. Combination of Keefer & Heintz Ranch Vineyards.
Golden in color. Lily’s and ginger on the nose. The palate has come together in the last eight months. It’s full of a splash of creamy tiramisu, lemon zest, ginger, slight influence of oak. Mostly mid & back palate. Complexity on the back palate is 👍. Nothing quite like this on the market. Drinking better than it did this past fall. Curious to see if the front palate will come together by years end.
— 5 days ago

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Great pic!
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@Jason Brater My Downstairs fireplace. Love my basement.
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Nothing beats a good basement.

Emeritus Vineyards

Estate Bottled Hallberg Ranch Pinot Noir 2014

Light and bright Ruby, lightest CA Pinot, more of an OR color. Tons of fruit and floral aromas that meld well together. Strawberry and cherry on the palate with mild spice wrapped up in a vivid acidity package. Mild soft tannins, elegant style, medium body, lingering ending with a fruity mineral ending. Very nice! Tastes great, but a couple af years could benefit, but hard to resist if you see a bottle on the menu as I did. — 9 days ago

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Williams Selyem

Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

Perfumed nose of cola, bing cherry hints of nutmeg, cardamom and leather. Acid in this wine integrates well, giving it lift from the front to the back of the palate. Soft textured showing cashmere, sassafras and blueberry. Long supple finish. My favorite of the WS line up. — 11 days ago

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I love their wines
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Great note @Shawn R
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@Mike R thank you.