Sonoma County Pinot Noir

Cobb

Diane Cobb Coastlands Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

A Coup'la pinots on a Monday afternoon. Trying to figure out what percentage whole cluster this involves, or if it was just the herbal nature of this wine that made it seem so. 12.5% abv, pours rather light. Nose of herbal raspberry and dirty cherry mixed with a spicy character. The entry is lighter yet bright acidity is present. Dirty bing cherry, hint of cola, herbal, whole cluster appears in the middle and finish. Really neat wine and probably ready to go just about now. Quite nice structure, and I feel that this will probably hold another decade or so because of it. — a day ago

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9.2

Banshee

Russian River Pinot Noir 2016

Color of burgundy with nice ruby hue under the sun. Nose is above average with refined strawberries note, wet mushrooms, cranberry, spice, and quite powerful in alcohol. Taste of oak and berries, smooth and full body with a slight kick of spice and zest, subtle and refined sweetness, clean and full of flavors. Acidity shows up afterwards. Aftertaste of actually tasty bittersweetness, medium long, and again plenty of pleasant flavors. Nicely done. — 7 days ago

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Failla

Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

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95 Points- Vinous
“The 2014 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard is a total knock-out. Dark, rich and explosive, the 2014 possesses magnificent depth and pedigree to burn. The flavors are dense, sweet and wonderfully nuanced throughout. A wine of extraordinary, almost Nebbiolo-like aromatic intensity and firm tannin, the Hirsch is going to need at least a few years to unwind, but it is very clearly a special wine. Hints of rose petal, mint and sweet red berry linger on the long, enticing finish. My tasting at Failla was one of the highlights of the two weeks I spent in Sonoma earlier this year. Ehren Jordan's 2014s are superb across the board. The wines are made in a mid-weight style that balances forward fruit with the aromatics and phenolics that these cooler sites tend to confer on their own... Simply put, 2014 is one of the most impressive vintages I have tasted at Failla.” (AG) (1/2016)
— 18 days ago

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@Billy L. Excellent review! Cheers 🍷

Flowers Vineyard & Winery

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015

A deep ruby color with a wide brim. A huge burst of fruit on the nose consisting of raspberries, wild strawberries, and pomegranate with cedar notes bringing up the rear. This is a very deliberate Pinot. Showing a consistent profile through the vintages, it’s a really nice juxtaposition of delicate fruit and a full body with firm tannins. A bit of elegance on the palate with more nice red fruit, baking spice, toasted cedar, and lavender. This is such a nice representation of this style of Pinot, it really is quite well done. — 3 days ago

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Paper Planes

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Rosé 2018

Shay A
9.2

Monthly WTF guys blind tasting group. This month was our annual, and famed, Left Bank vs Right Bank theme. All wines served blind as usual. Started off with a Rosé and a champagne. Great night.

This is consistently a top rosé for me. This vintage seems to show more melon and cantaloupe vs previous vintages having kiwi, watermelon rind and stone fruits. Round and soft in style. Always delicious. Thanks
@Jack Thompson .
— 6 days ago

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Jack Thompson

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Really a thanks to you for showing me this producer! Glad you & others were able to try.
9.3
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@Shay A : Never heard of this one. I will have to seek it out.
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@Bryan Kesting : You will not be disappointed. One of my favorites years in and year out.

Chasseur

Freestone Station Pinot Noir 2007

Shay A
9.3

Wow this was good. Have to enjoy whole cluster though...shows that profile with power. Nothing green, but stemmy and crunchy. Cranberry, black cherry and plenty of underripe rhubarb. The palate had strong acidity with plenty of flavor. Green pepper (but not off putting), and blackberry tart. Very good. — 4 days ago

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Rivers-Marie

Occidental Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

Until last weekend, I had resisted the temptation to open any of the single vineyard pinots from Rivers Marie ever since joining the mailing list several years ago. Patience was rewarded. It was layered and complex with notes of strawberries, orange peel, earth, and more. Maybe a bit rich, but what a pleasure. — 10 days ago

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Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Freestone Pastorale Vineyard Pinot Noir

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9.2

Had a glass with the neighbor last night and this is what he was pouring. Thought it was a higher elevation wine with the way it was drinking. Fruit was nice a prominent but like I said it sort of had an alpine thing going on. Very different from the Burgundies that I normally drink but that’s what nice about drinking wine from all over the world. — 9 days ago

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wow @Ted ... who says you’re not social!?!?

Kistler

Kistler Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2003

Smells like a Sauternes. Super cloudy, unfiltered and unfined in appearance. Acidic cherry yet softly cherry. Roses cranberries. Fresh strawberry. I like this a lot. — 3 days ago

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Rivers-Marie

Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir 2016

Sigh. These 2016 are not moving very far. They’re ok but the 2015 was so great that I’m always left s not disappointed. — 7 days ago

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Skippy, get after the 2016 Venge Silenceux (did I spell that correctly?). Anyway, it excellent!!!
TheSkip

TheSkip

I still have too many of those 15s!