Sonoma County Pinot Noir

Camino Cellars

Umino Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Muddy maroon with purple meniscus. Nose is cola, lavender, dried herb, wildflowers and berry tart. Entry is less cola and lavender and more of the herbs, wdflowers and raspberries that had ripened yesterday! Middle shows more of a rounded and full bodied character. Finishes with tart black cherry, wild raspberry, and sharper acidity. Think this one would improve with 3-5 years of bottle age. Killed this one a bit too early but curiosity killed! Nice little bottle from Tadeo Borchardt. — 6 days ago

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Hirsch Vineyards

West Ridge Pinot Noir

I’ve been holding off on drinking any of the 2012 vintage from Hirsch because the folks at the winery said this vintage that needed time in the bottle. @Bill Bender’s notes about the 2012 Hirsch Reserve encouraged me to open a bottle, and I’m glad I did. The wine was deep and broad with more earth, forest floor, mushroom, and loamy notes than I have come to expect from Hirsch wines. The structure has settled down and the more beguiling feminine aspects of the West Ridge are now showing themselves. This was fanatic with crispy roast duck at Gideon Ridge. On a side note, I’ll give a plug to that restaurant. IMHO, it’s the best restaurant in the high country, with great food, service and views. Just plan ahead because reservations are often 6-8 weeks out during the summer season. — 14 days ago

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Alma de Cattleya

Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2017

Really good for the money. Cherry but mostly red currants and rose pedals well done. I will buy this. — 9 hours ago

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Aubert

CIX Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011

Shay A
9.3

Fun Friday evening with great wines.

This surprised me at how good it was. Then again, I don’t get to enjoy older Aubert Pinot very often. Normally, Aubert pinots are powerhouses of flavor, but I wonder if the cool/wet vintage of ‘11 dialed things back a bit in a good way. Very perfumed and floral. Black cherries, rose petals, and sandalwood aromatics. Great acidity on the palate with red and black fruits (and even a hint of blueberries), baking spices and cedar. These may be best with some age on them. Thanks
@Keith Fisher .
— 7 days ago

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Occidental (Stephen Kistler)

Cuvée Elizabeth Bodega Headlands Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

Brighter acidity than expected with pleasing notes of blood orange, plus a great nose of damp forest floor and mushrooms. After 30 minutes or so this developed nice depth and complexity that danced on the tongue. — 5 hours ago

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Kistler

Cuvée Natalie Silver Belt Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

David T
9.2

Classic Kistler. Bright red fruits of, cherries, strawberries, dry cranberries, lots of baking spices, cola, fair amount of woodiness with bright red florals, nice acidity and good polish — 8 hours ago

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Williams Selyem

Eastside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir 2008

Shay A
9.2

Fun Friday evening with great wines.

Classic WS raspberries all over this wine. Bright and acidic. Very fresh and juicy raspberries, fleshy strawberries, stem and herbs. A touch thin on the palate, but time may have beefed it up a bit after I had left. Just a hint of black cherries here, but overall, the profile here is decidedly red fruit driven with a light body and high acidity.
— 7 days ago

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The Withers Winery

English Hill Pinot Noir 2017

A delicious Pinot Noir. English Hill of course drew my eye, being English. The horse on the label is noble and gallant. But what of the liquid? Blood orange, sage, white flowers, good salinity too.

Paired today with sous vide cooked duck breast and a reduced balsamic, red wine sauce. Terrific.
— 4 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Nice, sous vide here tonight as well, curried chicken breasts. I love that kitchen gadget.
James Forsyth

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Totally agree and sounds delicious, Severn. It is a nice combo of both perfectly accurate and yet idiot proof cooking!

Williams Selyem

Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

I think the WS winemaking style seems to render many of their single vineyard wines similar to one another and this one followed that pattern. Good, but not great, and lacking some of the characteristics I’ve come to enjoy from Hirsch vineyard wines. — 6 days ago

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Maybach Family Vineyards

Irmgard Pinot Noir 2017

Very elegant Pinot that leans more Burgundian than Californian but still has good purity and density. I’ve had Aston and Boar’s View pinots from TRB but I like this one the best! — a day ago

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