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Soloman Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir

9.138 ratings
8.84 pro ratings
Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
Mark Eastom

Forgot to write notes, but remember enjoying it a lot. Alcohol was around 13.5, with medium body, cherry fruit, cola and nice acid.

Forgot to write notes, but remember enjoying it a lot. Alcohol was around 13.5, with medium body, cherry fruit, cola and nice acid.

May 19th, 2021
Noah Hart

Turkey day!!

Turkey day!!

2 people found it helpfulNov 26th, 2015
Austin Blackwell

Cherry and strawberry fruit aromas with spices. Cherry compote palate. It’s a brighter style from Foxes which I really like.

Cherry and strawberry fruit aromas with spices. Cherry compote palate. It’s a brighter style from Foxes which I really like.

Sep 6th, 2021
Clay Senechal

Not distinctive enough, but a nice sumptuous Pinot with a slightly smoky edge.

Not distinctive enough, but a nice sumptuous Pinot with a slightly smoky edge.

Nov 24th, 2019
Dave Teal

I usually like Oregon Pinots exclusively but the 2013 was lovely. I’m a DC resident so I’ll be ordering more!

I usually like Oregon Pinots exclusively but the 2013 was lovely. I’m a DC resident so I’ll be ordering more!

Mar 30th, 2019
Dane Brannan

Drank the 2013 in Jan 2017. Could use another year or two in the bottle.

Drank the 2013 in Jan 2017. Could use another year or two in the bottle.

Jan 20th, 2017
Todd Stone

A bit of a pucker- not a fan but still a good wine

A bit of a pucker- not a fan but still a good wine

Dec 27th, 2016
Mike Rushing

Another really nice bottle.

Another really nice bottle.

Oct 29th, 2016
Ryan Mayes

Burgundian

Burgundian

Oct 22nd, 2016
Zachary Price

Part of my October wine club shipment, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this little beauty. As opposed to the Burgundy Pinot I last reviewed, this is a strictly new world juice. As noted in previous reviews, new world producers (think US, South America, Australia, etc.) have started to play around with their Pinots and in California, a prevailing trend is to create a luscious, velvety juice from an otherwise subtle grape and then punch it up several more notches. This wine is a cuvée of Dijon 115 and 667 clones with a bit of Pommard. Solomon Hills is a part of the Santa Maria AVA, located on its western edge which means it is situated perfectly to take advantage of the maritime climate of the area. The soils are sandy loam which allow the roots of the vines to dig deep - yielding an excellent mineralty and salinity to the grape. As stated before, this isn't your average Pinot, feel free to pair with something fatty and enjoy. ~$58 | #foxen #solomonhills #pinotnoir

On the eyes: Pale, med concentration, ruby red, med stain, med+ tears, no gas/floc.

On the nose: Floral, clove, juicy strawberry and cherry, with just a bit of pleasant industrial aroma. Med+ alcohol.

On the tongue: Med acid, med tannin, med+ alcohol, med body. Tons of floral rose character and juicy red fruit flavor that dances on the palette, spicy going down, cinnamon and clove, with a nice subtle mushroom note, ending with toasty, smoky oak. Med+ alcohol, long finish. If you like your Pinots bold and heavily new world, you can't get much better.

Part of my October wine club shipment, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this little beauty. As opposed to the Burgundy Pinot I last reviewed, this is a strictly new world juice. As noted in previous reviews, new world producers (think US, South America, Australia, etc.) have started to play around with their Pinots and in California, a prevailing trend is to create a luscious, velvety juice from an otherwise subtle grape and then punch it up several more notches. This wine is a cuvée of Dijon 115 and 667 clones with a bit of Pommard. Solomon Hills is a part of the Santa Maria AVA, located on its western edge which means it is situated perfectly to take advantage of the maritime climate of the area. The soils are sandy loam which allow the roots of the vines to dig deep - yielding an excellent mineralty and salinity to the grape. As stated before, this isn't your average Pinot, feel free to pair with something fatty and enjoy. ~$58 | #foxen #solomonhills #pinotnoir

On the eyes: Pale, med concentration, ruby red, med stain, med+ tears, no gas/floc.

On the nose: Floral, clove, juicy strawberry and cherry, with just a bit of pleasant industrial aroma. Med+ alcohol.

On the tongue: Med acid, med tannin, med+ alcohol, med body. Tons of floral rose character and juicy red fruit flavor that dances on the palette, spicy going down, cinnamon and clove, with a nice subtle mushroom note, ending with toasty, smoky oak. Med+ alcohol, long finish. If you like your Pinots bold and heavily new world, you can't get much better.

Oct 19th, 2016