Sonoma County Pinot Noir

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2011

David T

The Phelps Pinot’s take awhile to come around. This 11 overachieves the vintage and has put on weight since I first tasted it at Phelps. Plenty of life ahead of this wine. I will wait another 2-4 years to open another. On the nose; dark cherries, cherries, blue fruits hues, dry cranberries plum and blackberries, limestone minerals, violets, red floral and red roses. The body is medium. The tannins silty/silky soft. The fruits are ripe & ruby. Sweet & sour dark cherries, cherries, pomegranate, blue fruits hues, dry cranberries plum, and blackberries. Silky volcanic minerals, limestone, cola with a touch of red vines, dark rich dry soil, hints of crushed rocks, fruit tea, violets, and red. Roses, beautiful rainfall acidity. The length, structure, length and balance are harmonious. The long, elegant, well polished finished lasts over a minute and is fruit and floral driven. @Compline...Master Sommelier Matt Stamps & Ryan Stetins new restaurant & retail shop downtown Napa. Food is very good & inexpensive. Good retail shop wines all $12-$48. Leave it to a Master Sommelier to find really good affordable wines. They have a bright future. — 6 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Nice, I've not had any J Phelps PN before.
David T

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When they started making them, they pretty good, not great. They’ve been inching the quality up every year and are now really quite nice, but I believe, they are not a pop & pour off the Fed Ex Truck. They take 5-6 years in bottle to really integrate and show their beauty.


Coastlands Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

This all about balance and transparency. Wonderful aromatics. What you smell is what you get, cherries, earth , minerals and cola. My only bottle , very curious how this bottle would have evolved. — 3 days ago

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@Joe Davant I look forward to it , thanks. BTW I believe 2012 was the last (and maybe only) time they bottled it. Perhaps someone with a better knowledge base can chime in.
John Howard

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Only vintage of this. I was there at the vineyard with all of these guys right before harvest.
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@John Howard thanks for the confirmation.


Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015

Wine takes a good two hours to open up but has everything from raspberry to herbal notes...just hasn't really settled down and seems to be more on the primary side right now. I am very impressed by this wine, and honestly the QPR on this wine is quite fantastic at $30/bottle. I would have paid $60 or more for this (don't tell Genevieve or TRB). Not a stunner, but definitely way better than your average $30 pinot. — 13 days ago

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Absolutely!!! Couldn’t agree more - but I would pause at 60. I think the QPR just amps the enjoyment factor here

Smith Story

Thorn Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

Aged for 16 months in 25% new oak barrels, this wine displays all the right notes of that exposure and is not overblown. Only three barrels of this wine were made - some 60 Aged for 16 months in 25% new oak barrels, this wine displays all the right notes of that exposure and is not overblown. Only three barrels of this wine were made - some 60 barrels - and it hits 12.9% abv. It is praised as an elegant wine, the kind Pinot Noir lovers love to love. Medium dark, this medium weight wine shows a nose of cola, black tea, orange peel and spices. The palate is smooth and almost silky. The tannins are just enough and the acidity is perfect. Tart berries, tea notes and spice flavors all play in harmony. The wine is smooth without laying down, exciting without being boorish. — 2 days ago

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Williams Selyem

Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir 2002

Shay A

Forgot to post these from the other day. Mark, Dan and I were able to enjoy a relaxed afternoon at the wine storage facility, and some unique stuff was opened, as always!

I’ve had very few Williams Selyem wines, but it is always a treat to enjoy them. This is without a doubt the oldest Pinot that I think I’ve had the privilege to taste. Amazing that at 16yrs old, this can still have such abundant fruit characteristics. Even more, it really needed quite a bit of time to open. Pop and pour was mainly red clay, soft plum, herbs and the faintest bit of raspberries. After some time in bottle, the raspberries burst forth and were gorgeous. Since this was so old, acidity wasn’t as pronounced, but I think that gave the raspberries an even more lush and abundant flavor. Lovely bottle. Could still go 2-3yrs. Compliments to
@David T for this gift.
— 5 days ago

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Really great sharing the experience with you.
Hugh O'Riordan

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Fun tasting

Jax Vineyards

Y3 Pinot Noir Rosé 2016

Damn good Rosé! Bountiful berry fruit and a beautiful color in the glass. Sorry about the label, this bottle fell victim to wine fridge over-crowding! Looking forward to the 2017s. — 3 days ago

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The Y3 SB is delicious also.
Kirk Feyereisen

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@David L I agree. Have yet to try their Chard, also looking forward to the Jax Cab. Looks to be a good value! Cheers!

Paper Planes

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Rosé 2016

Shay A

Feel like I’m the last kid on the block to finally try this, and I’m happy to say this most definitely lives up to the hype.

Being in TX, rosés can be a perfect companion alongside the brutal heat, and this is probably the best rosé I’ve had to date (though I’d put Arnyca’s up there even though it’s quite different, and Gargiulo’s Rosato). Many rosés come across flabby and too fruit forward. This balances fruit and acidity perfectly. Watermelon dominates the nose, alongside kiwi and melon. Very faint color. Fantastic finish with a rush of cantaloupe, more watermelon, and grapefruit tart. For me, acidity is the one trait many rosés fail at, yet this one does it better than any I’ve had. Lovely 12.5ABV. Thanks to
@Shawn R for letting me finally give this stuff a whirl! Highest rating I’ve ever given a rosé!
— 2 days ago

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Glad you liked it! @Shay A
Patrick Derdeyn

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You havent had the Kutch rose. That’s the problem with only 50 cases.
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@Patrick Derdeyn : My problem seems to be I haven’t had much Kutch at all. Only their SC Chardonnay. This Paper Planes rosé is great, and it’s actually the only wine they produce.


La Neblina Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2013

Jeff D

Expressive California fruit with a solid streak of woodsy minerality. Wears its weight well with spicy tannin and piquant acidity. Exotic range of fruit but mostly steers clear of baking spice/cola territory, and minimal oak. Unfined and unfiltered, classically made wines from sunny climes. — a day ago

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Hirsch Vineyards

The Bohan-Dillon Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2012

I was not a fan of this vintage when it first came out, but time in the bottle has done this wine a world of good. This is Hirsch's entry level wine and it's currently punching far above its weight. Bright but deep red fruits, high acidity and tannins that have settled into a good spot. A really nice Monday night wine with salmon. — 10 days ago

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Rhys Vineyards

Alesia Green Valley of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2006

Very pretty but really blossoms with air, as tangerine peel and a little pine cones out to play, clearly California but with class and restraint. Still plenty of gas left in the tank on this one but it is very good now with some time open. — 21 hours ago

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