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Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Freestone Vineyards Pinot Noir 2018

Sourced mostly from estate grown vineyards, this bright ruby wine has aromas of red fruits and sweet spices. On the palate flavors of cherry, plum and raspberry with underlying crispness, adding in some citrus and vanilla, rich in the mouth. Fine tannins, long finish, well balanced complex ending. Very Nice! — 11 days ago

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Littorai

Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

David T
9.3

I was going to get the 2009 Domaine Leroy Bourgogne but, that turned out to pretty much vinegar. Not our bottle. You have to order wine from the Nepenthe menu with restaurants suffering through lost Covid-19 business. We brought a 2010 Williams Selyem. That will have to wait for another day.

Bottle is delicious just starting to show some brickish on the edge of the glass. Not sure why I don’t see more of this producer on Delectable. They really do make some outstanding Pinot Noirs.

The nose reveals ripe & somewhat candied; black cherries, cranberries, pomegranate, strawberries, cherries, blueberries, blackberries, black raspberries with shades of rhubarb. Savory meats, light smoke, fresh tobacco notes, steeped fruit tea, limestone minerals, dry crush rocks, dark spice, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, mostly dry, dark, earth, red licorice/cola, cherry kirsch liqueur notes with fresh & withering; dark, red, blue, purple florals set in a field of violet & lavender.

The palate is, juicy, round, ripe and lush with nice viscosity. Ripe & somewhat candied; black cherries, cranberries, pomegranate, strawberries, cherries, blueberries, blackberries, black raspberries with shades of rhubarb. Savory meats, light smoke, fresh tobacco notes, steeped fruit tea, limestone minerals, dry crush rocks, dark spice with some pronounced heat, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, sage, mostly dry, dark, earth, dry top soil, underbrush, red licorice/cola, cherry kirsch liqueur notes with fresh & withering; dark, red, blue, purple florals set in a field of violet & lavender. The acidity is really nice...flowing like a cool gentle stream. The long finish is; round, sexy, well balanced fruit & earth, elegant, well polished and persist nicely ending with pronounced mid dark spice on the long set.
— 20 days ago

Dick, Jan and 36 others liked this
Joshua Fisher

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My captain
ES Faiello

ES Faiello

Nepenthe is such a great spot
Joe Davant

Joe Davant

Great producer and a great vineyard. Hard to beat that combination!

Bedrock Wine Co.

Cuvée Karatas Sémillon Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Nice medium gold in color, touch of metallic oxidation on the nose. Powerful and potent on the tongue. Bone dry and definitely more savory than fruit-oriented. The wine demanded attention and kept pumping its flavor 30 seconds after swallowing. Perhaps more cerebral than pleasurable, but waxy, lanolin notes can pare well with Greek chicken and roasted Greek veggies. Opa! — 12 days ago

David, Shay and 3 others liked this

Hirsch Vineyards

East Ridge Pinot Noir 2013

I normally like the West Ridge and its more subtle notes over the East Ridge, but this bottle of East Ridge was just fantastic. It was so very deep and yet still energetic and full of soaring, bright clean red fruits, combined with a lovely long finish. My wife and I basically raced each other to the bottom of this bottle. — 11 days ago

David, Mike and 3 others liked this

Williams Selyem

Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2010

David T
9.3

Tried having this yesterday but, couldn’t bring it in to Nepenthe per usual due to their heavy Covid-19 business loses. Totally understandable. But, as Phil Collins sang, “Tonight’s The Night!”

The nose reveals dark, ruby, ripe & just a touch candied fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, spiced plum, blue fruits, poached strawberries, cherries with raspberries hovering the edges of the glass. Dark spice, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, mixed dark(er) berry cola, limestone/sandstone, touch of savory meats, light tobacco notes, soft woodiness, shades of licorice, light, fresh Provenance herbs, sage, whiffs of black pepper, tree bark w/ some sap, touch of damp, dark earth, top soil with brilliant fresh, candied; dark, red, blue florals framed in soft violets in a field of lavender.

The palate is; ripe, ruby, round and lush. The mouthfeel is gorgeous & sexy. Still showing some tarry, teethed tannins. The length, structure, balance & length have just arrived with another 8-10 years of good life ahead. Dark, ruby, ripe & just a touch candied fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, spiced plum, incredible blue fruits, poached strawberries, cherries with classically perfect Williams Selyem raspberries . Dark spice, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, mixed dark berry cola, steeped fruit tea, used coffee grounds, some dark chocolate, limestone/sandstone, touch of savory meats, light tobacco notes, wood shaving dust, shades of licorice, light, fresh Provenance herbs, sage, mint, whiffs of black pepper, tree bark w/ some sap, touch of damp, dark earth, top soil with brilliant fresh, candied; dark, red, blue florals framed in soft violets in a field of lavender. The acidity is round, voluptuous and perfect. The ripe, ruby, lush, well, knitted, balanced fruit & earth and polished long finish is glorious and persists endlessly into soft, dark spice with just the right amount of gentle heat.

Williams Selyem Pinots really start to be special at the 10 years plus.

This will continue to improve over the next 3-4 years and start a slow decline.

Also, appreciate they kept the ABV under 14%.

Photos of, Williams Selyem Winery & Tasting Room, designer barrel rack, tasting area where we tasted and one of their rolling hillside vineyards.
— 19 days ago

Brandon, Paul and 30 others liked this
Neil Valenzuela

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Freaking Spectacular!

Lando

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015

Mike R
9.4

Thank you @Sam Lando - loved it - really in its drinking window right now — 7 days ago

Mike, Ryan and 38 others liked this

Martinelli

Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2013

A couple of wines to celebrate our anniversary.

Full or dark cherries and raspberries and a rich mouthfeel.
— 2 days ago

Tom, Shay and 8 others liked this
David L

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Happy anniversary!
David L

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Incredible vineyard. 

Hirsch Vineyards

San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir 2018

Inviting nose that takes a short while to open up. Fresh red fruit character of pomegranates and bing cherries. Slight undertone of forest floor and baking spice. Medium bodied and bright, clean acidity. — 9 days ago

Rob, Romain and 2 others liked this

Ferren Wines

Silver Eagle Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Well made Sonoma coast pinot noir, cherry, cranberry, pomegranate, raspberry, vanilla, blood orange, rhubarb. — 12 days ago

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Ceritas

Hellenthal Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

Up there with the Porter Bass in the Ceritas Pinot lineup for me. Red cherries and a bit dry on the finish. As expected, a nice, easy drinking bottle. — 13 days ago

Shay, David and 11 others liked this