Sonoma County Pinot Noir

Kukeri

Cuvée Ivonne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2019

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.

90 points.

$42.
— 4 days ago

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Rivers-Marie

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2012

David T
9.1

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

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@Joshua Fisher tasted this label young numerous times. This is my first held bottle.
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Glad to see you back and posting
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Love that you are back!

Martin Ray

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019

Pale ruby color. Aromas of raspberry, candied orange peel and violets. Bright, red fruit, herbs and black tea. What a vino!
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🥇 94 Points - James Suckling
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Cheers! Happy weekend!🍷

AldenAlli

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

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

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Rivers-Marie

Silver Eagle Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Shay A
9.3

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

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Tobin Spratte

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I ran into an RM Summa Vineyard at the shop today. I blame you for my purchasing it. It's a 2018, so sounds like it needs cellar time. What say you?
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@Tobin Spratte : Happy to be the reason of your purchase! Not sure what you paid, but the Summa, Summa OV, Occidental and Silver Eagle wines are no brainer wines every year. I’d definitely hold that Summa a few years.
Tobin Spratte

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@Shay A the shop had only one case so I had to jump on it. $85. My philosophy is if you pay over $60 for a young red wine, you probably should cellar it. I made the mistake of opening a Pisoni too soon. It was good but not anywhere close to its potential.

Aston Estate

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015

Ron R
9.4

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

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Marcassin

Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009

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

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Peay Vineyards

Ama Estate Pinot Noir 2016

Bit more fruit forward and fleshy than I’d expect from true Sonoma Coast Pinot. An observation, not a fault. Nose shows dark cherries, baking spices, mint. Palette largely follows. — a day ago

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What a superb pic - love it. Made my day 😍
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You can say that again. What a great pic after a long week.
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Perfect

Gary Farrell

Fort Ross Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

Classic Sonoma Coast. Tart red fruit and minerals. Nice bright acidity. This is an easy one to enjoy. B — 6 days ago

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Rhys Vineyards

Alesia Chileno Valley Syrah 2004

We were so fortunate to have Jeff Brinkman, Rhys’ winemaker for the past 15 years, join our tasting of nine Rhys Syrahs from 2003 - 2013. Stew, smoke, meat, classic bret. I loved it, others not so much. — 7 days ago

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Big numbers, bro…
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@Ron R thx bro for calling me out, still gets a morning after 9.5