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. — 4 days ago
Own a handful of vintages of Rivers-Marie Pinot. This is the first I’ve opened up.
What I would expect from a TRB Pinot. A bit more extraction. Still young and a touch astringent. Hence the reason for waiting until now. Needs 3-5 more years with a lot more road ahead.
More thoughts as it opens further & sets on the palate.
Blackberries, black cherries, plum, dry cranberries, pomegranate, blue fruits, raspberries, lots of earth; crushed, dry rocks, rich dark earth, dry brush & top soil, some eucalyptus, mint, dry herbs, mid intensity, dark spice, black tea, very nice, rainfall acidity with fresh, dark, red flowers with violets. The rich almost Kistler style finish is rich, elegant, nicely polished and persists minutes onto spice & dry earth. — 15 days ago
A wonderful Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast. Easy drinking and fruit forward.
Showing nice complexity with a smooth mouthfeel.
Dry on the palate with red and black fruits, light oak, vanilla spices, espresso, light cola, chocolates and peppercorn.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity.
Good by itself as a sipping wine by the porch.
14.1% alcohol by volume.
91 points. — 7 hours ago
I had a disappointing experience with the 2017 a few months back (I think it was in a dumb phase, because these are normally delicious), and wanted to see how the 2016 fared. I also wanted to compare my GlasVin aromatic burg glass with my new Grassl Cru burg glass.
Classic RM SE wine here. At five years, it’s still voluptuous and rich enough to play to those who enjoy the bigger style but has plenty of acidity and snap on the palate to cater to those who prefer more restraint. It does have some signature blood orange both aromatically and on the palate, along with spice, dark floral tones/potpourri and rich black cherry. Whereas the 2017 showed more cola and menthol, I don’t get that at all here. Bright and lifted overall profile. Quite delicious and will be easily for another 5+yrs.
As an aside, the Grassl Cru glass has a much more narrow rim and makes the aromatics more concentrated than the GlasVin. They both drank similarly. Maybe Grassl for more lean/true burgundy pinots that may need concentration and GlasVin for new world/bigger style pinots since they don’t need as much help in the aromatic department. — 17 days ago
Nose is dominated by flowers and cinnamon. Palate displays coffee notes, sandalwood, smoke and star anise. Tannins are still prominent, as is the acidity. It’s so vibrant and textured. The finish just extends and expands. Another one of our domestic pinot faves.
I was thrilled to read in a recent WS article shared by a friend, that TRB has taken full ownership of this winery. He has a compelling vision for its future. Schrader inadvertently threw shade on this. That’s going to change going forward. — 14 days ago
1/2 hour decant (fine and cloudy sediment). A stunning medium rustic ruby red with some bricking. Luv most of their vintages at 10+ years and this vintage is no exception. Nose: Intense notes of red berries, sandlewood, wet leaves, spicy toasted oak, and smoke. Taste: WOW! A soft, creamy, juicy full body wine with complexity and depth that is aging beautifully. Notes of strawberry, earth, minerals, floral, tobacco, and a spiced raspberry tea long finish. — 7 days ago