Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir
Briceland Vineyards, Humboldt County
2013 Briceland Vineyards Humboldt County Pinot Noir
13.6% alc., 212 cases, $31. A
blend from four southern Humboldt County vineyards: Lost Coast, Espey, Elk Prarie and
Phelps. Aged 1 year in a combination of mostly older Virginia and French oak barrels.
Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The nose has a prominent oak overlay
with clove and vanilla scents dominating the black cherry fruit. Much better on the palate
with a mid weight charge of cherry and raspberry fruit that fills the mouth with plenty of
sweet sap. A mellow wine with plenty of Pinot charm sporting modest tannins and crisp acidity.
Considerably more appealing the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle with
plenty of black cherry and spice presence supported by oak.
2013 Briceland Vineyards Phelps Vineyard Humboldt County Pinot Noir
148 cases, $35. Aged 1 year in a combination of Virginia and French oak barrels of which
about 20% were new. Unfined and unfiltered.
Medium reddish purple hue in the glass. A
cherry-fueled wine with notes of conifer and oak adding a notable contribution. Discreetly
concentrated with juicy acidity and a long, cherry-fueled finish. Much better the following
day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle with better integration of oak.
Clos Saron, Sierra Foothills
The estate Clos Saron Home Vineyard is 2.2-acres containing 4,500 own-rooted vines planted in red
loam and clay topsoil on decomposed granite and volcanic ash subsoil sprinkled with granite rocks,
basalt and quartz. It is located at an elevation of 1,600 feet in the Oregon House Valley in the Sierra
Foothills. The vines are dry farmed, and sustained by combining organic and biodynamic principles.
Every vine is tended to numerous times during the season.
Winemaker Gideon Bienstock vinifies his Home Vineyard Pinot Noir according to the following
protocol. The grapes are de-stemmed and crushed within 20 minutes of harvest. The must ferments
in open-top oak fermenters coopered by the Rousseau family in Gevrey Chambertin. Ambient yeast
drive fermentation and there is no malolactic inoculation, acid corrections and no SO2 additions
during barrel aging. The wines are aged sur lie as long as necessary until bottled manually directly
from barrel, unfined and unfiltered.
I have been a fan of the wines because they are unique and distinctly different from Pinot Noir made
in other winegrowing regions of California. The wines are typically concentrated, earthy and tannic,
and reward long cellaring. Visit the website at www.clossaron.com.
2011 Clos Saron Home Vineyard Sierra Foothills Pinot Noir
13.3% alc., 119 cases, $60.
Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is reluctant to offer its charms, showing
primarily aromas of wine cave and oak. More expressive the following day from a previously opened
and re-corked bottle with blackberry and black currant fruit aromas showing up. Rich and sappy,
rugged but not harsh, with mouth coating black raspberry and black cherry fruit backed by muscular
tannins. The palate was also more appealing the following day. Cellar this wine for at least three
2011 Clos Saron Home Vineyard Lower Block Sierra Foothills Pinot Noir
13.2% alc., 48 cases,
$65. From the coolest microclimate of the Home Vineyard. Vines planted in 1999.
purple color in the glass. The fruit never shows up on the nose, even the next day, offering only
aromas of underbrush, cardamom spice and iron. More expressive on the palate with a very tasty
core of blueberry and boysenberry fruits backed by proportional dry tannins and lively acidity. The
finish is particularly notable for its persistence compared to the other 2012 Home Vineyard Pinot
Noirs. More sweet boysenberry fruit showed up the following day from a previously opened and recorked
bottle. Still tight and needs a few years in the cellar.
2011 Clos Saron Home Vineyard Old Block Sierra Foothills Pinot Noir
$75. From the oldest .5-acre section of the Home Vineyard. Own-rooted vines planted in 1980.
Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Generous aromas of black cherry, cassis and
sous-bois. Very refined and balanced with mouth filling flavors of black cherry and black raspberry.
Powerful, but sleek, with cleansing acidity and a very appealing, long and sweet cherry finish.
Considerably more giving and interesting the following day from a previously opened and re-corked
2007 Clos Saron Home Vineyard Sierra Foothills Pinot Noir
13.4% alc., 82 cases.
Moderately dark reddish purple color in the
glass. Hi-tone aromas of blackberry, black currant, Prada leather
coat and oak vanillin rise from the glass. Generously fruited with
sappy flavors of black raspberry, and blackberry. Firm, but
balanced tannins, and a big finish plush with fruit goodness. I
really liked this wine best among the older vintages tasted together
on this day. Still compelling the following day from a previously
opened and re-corked bottle. Drink or hold for up to 10 years.
2006 Clos Saron Home Vineyard Sierra Foothills Pinot Noir
13.4% alc., 78 cases.
reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of black cherry, forest floor, wet loam and a hint of smoky
oak. Impressive freshness with flavors of black cherry, black raspberry and black plum. Pleasing
integration of tannins and a very long and satisfying finish. Drink within the next five years.
2005 Clos Saron Home Vineyard Sierra Foothills Pinot Noir
13.3% alc., 40 cases.
reddish purple color in the glass. The nose has taken on secondary characteristics of iron, ash,
decayed earthy flora and iodine. The medium weighted black cherry, black raspberry, ripe strawberry
black tea and oak flavors are fresh and concentrated. The wine is not tired or fading, and still bright
and flavorful. Some may find the muscular tannins too daunting. Drink up or can hold another few
years. This wine that will appeal to fans of aged Pinot Noir.
COBB, Sonoma Coast
2012 COBB Rice-Spivak Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
12.5% alc., 225 cases, $70. From a
6-acre vineyard located near Sebastopol. Dijon clones and Swan selection planted in Goldridge soils.
Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of black cherry, spice, rose petal and
espresso. Silky and polished in the mouth, with an attack of fresh cherry and raspberry fruit with a
hint of spice and cranberry. Impeccably balanced with a good acid backbone, soft tannins, and
2012 COBB Coastlands Vineyard Old Firs Block Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.0% alc., 300 cases, $80. This 14-acre
vineyard sits on a ridge in Occidental in the far western Sonoma
Coast. A variety of selections including Martini and Wädenswil
were planted in this block in 1989, some of the oldest vines on the
West Sonoma Coast.
Moderate reddish purple color in the glass.
This is an extraordinary wine that is still cloaked in a significant oak
overlay. Aromas of dark cherries, conifer, espresso and toast lead
to a delicious cherry core of fruit that is dominated by oak. Juicy
acidity adds tension, and contributes to the vibrant finish which is
exceptional for its generosity and persistence. This wine needs at
least a year in the cellar to better integrate the oak.
Lange Estate Winery & Vineyard, Dundee Hills, Oregon
2012 Lange Three Hills Cuvée Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.9% alc., $38, screwcap. Sourced
from Lange Estate, Freedom Hill and Yamhill vineyards.
Dark reddish purple color in the glass.
Inviting aromas of black raspberry, plum and espresso oak. Modest in weight, but packed with flavor,
offering tastes of black raspberry, black cherry, and pomegranate with a touch of oak and dark
chocolate. Welcoming softness in the mouth with admirable balance and good tannic bones for the
2012 Lange Estate Reserve Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.7% alc., $35, screwcap. Estate
grown. A barrel selection.
Moderately dark reddish
purple color in the glass. Restrained aromas of
blackberry and black raspberry. More expressive on the
palate with luscious blueberry, pomegranate, plum,
black raspberry and spice flavors with a compliment of oak in the
background. Round and polished with a soft, smooth mouth feel
and a memorable fruit-driven finish.
2012 Lange Yamhill-Carlton Assemblage Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.9% alc., 200 cases,
$70, screwcap. Sourced from vineyards with Willakenzie soils.
Dark reddish purple hue in the glass.
Shy, but pleasant scents of ripe dark fruits. Full-bodied attack of dark berries with length and soothing
flavor. The tannins are well matched and there is a good cut of underlying acidity. The finish is plush
with boysenberry fruit. The nose was still shy the following day from a previously opened and recorked
bottle indicating this wine needs more time in bottle.
Pisoni Estate, Santa Lucia Highlands
The Pisonis are now celebrating three decades of farming cool-climate grapes making the 2012
vintage extra special. Everyone told Gary Pisoni he was crazy in 1982 when he wanted to plant Pinot
Noir in the Santa Lucia Highlands at a time wine experts were recommending Riesling, Gamay Noir
and Pinot Blanc. Gary knew better, and he thought the rugged, wind-shipped mountain rising 1,300
feet above sea level with a flinty, granite-laden soil would be ideal for making great Pinot Noir. The
only drawback was the lack of water, but this was solved by daily treks with a water truck from the
Salinas Valley floor to irrigate the tender vines. After eight years of water witchers and the drilling of
five dry wells, a suitable water source was discovered. Gary now works side-by-side with sons Mark
who manages the vineyard and Jeff who makes the Pisoni and Lucia wines.
2012 Pisoni Estate Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
Dark reddish purple color in the glass.
The aromas leap from the glass including blackberry, cardamom
spice and oak vanillin. Juicy and full-bodied, but not jammy, with a
gorgeous fruit core of blackberries, boysenberries and plums
framed by generous, but balanced tannins. Some earth-based
goodness chimes in as well. The fruit clings to every nook and
cranny and refuses to go away, displaying a sweet, tenacious
finish of uncommon length. Even better the following day from a
previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very approachable now,
but has the stuff to last 20 years. I thought I had died and gone to
heaven when I tasted this beauty.
Privé Vineyard, Chehalem Mountains, Oregon
In the words of Tina Hammond, “2013 was a wonderful vintage, with a sunny and warm growing
season ending in a cool fall.” Tina recommends holding the wines for at least 12 months in your cellar
before opening. After tasting the wines, I agree. The wines are not as big and sappy and showy as the
2012 vintage. Both wines are 100% Pommard clone on vines planted in 1980 in Jory soil.
2013 Privé Vineyard le nord Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
12.9% alc., $59.
Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Complex aromatic profile that reveals itself slowly in
the glass including scents of Bing cherry, spice, rose petal and conifer. The core of cherry fruit is tight
but promising with subtle notes of mocha, cola and oak in the background. Velvety in the mouth with
a reserved finish. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the
aromatics were much more alive with more spice, rose and cherry, but the fruit was still reluctant to
show its stuff. Decant if you must drink now, but preferably wait at least a year.
2013 Privé Vineyard le sud Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., $69.
Moderately light cherry
color in the glass. Enticing aromas of cherry, leaf, spice
and balsam lead to a mid weight core of fresh and juicy
cherry flavor with a whisper of oak in the background.
Very elegant and more giving than the le nord, with suave
tannins and a deeply aromatic, cherry-fueled finish. When tasted
the following day from a previously opened bottle, the nose was
more expressive. Two days later, the wine was still hitting on all
cylinders. Patience will be rewarded.
Ransom Wine Company, Sheridan, Oregon
2013 Ransom Jigsaw Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
12.8% alc., pH 3.75, TA 0.58, 3,136 cases,
$19. Multiple clones from multiple vineyards in three AVAs. 100% de-stemmed, high percentage of
whole berries sent to 1.5-ton open-top fermenters. 4-day cold soak, wild and inoculated yeast
fermentation, hand punch downs two to three times a day. Aged 10 months, blended, filtered and
Moderately light red cherry color in the glass. Demure aromas of cherry, tea leaf and subtle
oak. Light to mid weight flavors of cherry and raspberry with supportive oak. Juicy, with decent
tension, a silky texture, and mild tannins. An easy drinking wine that lacks flash or finish, but will
perform nicely at the dinner table.
2012 Ransom Selection Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
12.6% alc., pH 3.32, TA 0.65, 781 cases, $29. Harvest
Brix 23.2º (average). Sourced from JMD, Temperance
Hill, Zielinski, and Johan vineyards. Dijon, Pommard
and Wädenswil clones. 100% de-stemmed with a high
percentage of whole berries sent to 1.5-ton fermenters.
6-day cold soak, wild and inoculated yeast fermentation. Aged 16
months in mixed French oak cooperage one to two-years-old.
100% free-run juice with no fining or filtration.
purple color in the glass. Scents of black cherry, forest floor,
conifer and seasoned oak lead to mid weight flavors of bright
cherry, raspberry and Damson plum fruits that coat the mouth and persist through a citrus and
cranberry imbued finish that has some persistence. Silky smooth on the palate with the balance
weighted toward vibrant acidity. Tasted twice with consistent findings.
Rhys Vineyards, Santa Cruz Mountains
2012 Rhys Family Farm Vineyard San Mateo County Pinot Noir
13.1% alc., $59. From a 6.16-
acre vineyard planted to Rhys selection, Swan, 115 and Pommard.
Moderate reddish purple color in
the glass. The nose is quite inviting, with aromas of black cherry, exotic spices, anise and
sarsaparilla. Bright, juicy and very approachable, with flavors of cherry, raspberry, cola, and oakdriven
toast and spice. Very elegant and charming, with mild tannins and a silky texture. Finishes
easy, but a little short.
2012 Rhys Home Vineyard San Mateo County Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., $79. From a small, 1.57-
acre vineyard containing a mixed field blend of selections.
Moderate reddish purple hue in the glass.
The nose is closed for business initially, opening more the following day from a previously opened and
re-corked bottle. Darker cherry and raspberry flavors are featured. Very tasty, and soft and smooth in
the mouth. Finishes with showy oak and slightly astringent tannins. Lacks some excitement now, and
should be cellared for at least a year.
2012 Rhys Alpine Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
12.9% alc., $69. From an 11-acre vineyard planted to Rhys
selection and heritage clones. 12-24” topsoil over soft shale at
1230’ to 1400’ elevation.
Moderately dark reddish purple color in
the glass. Very complex nose with scents of alpine strawberry,
raspberry, black cherry, conifer, sous-bois, spice and rose petal
dancing in and out over time. Softly textured, harmonious and
very approachable, with a tasty black cherry core framed by
modest tannins and juicy acidity. Still showing a blanket of oak
that will integrate over time. Finishes with impressive length and
Willowbrook Cellars (JCO Limited Wines), Russian River Valley
This winery was launched by winemaker Joe Otos in 2001 who was only 26-years-old at the time. A
tasting room is located in the Hudson Street Wineries complex in Healdsburg. Visit
2012 Willowbrook Estate Grown Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
13.7% alc., $42. From a 3-acre
vineyard located in the southwestern corner of the Russian River Valley. A mix of Dijon and Pommard
clones and Swan and Calera selections.
Light garnet color in the glass. Aromas of red cherry,
cranberry, sandalwood and rose petal rise from the glass. Light and elegant, with a charge of cherry
fruit on the attack and finish. Silky in the mouth with a whisper of smoky oak in the background.
Demure but satisfying.
2012 Willowbrook Kaufmann Sunnyslope Vineyard Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., $42.
Moderately light reddish
purple color in the glass. Very pleasant array of scents including
Bing cherry, black raspberry coulis and conifer. Light to mid weight
flavors of black cherry, plum and cassis. Soft and caressing on the
palate with impressive mid palate presence and finishing length.
Forward drinking with modest tannins and well integrated acidity.
Still very appealing the following day from a previously opened and
Wonderment, Napa Valley
Owner and winemaker Stephanie Cook has a colorful career background resumé including
international fashion model, a culinary degree, and owner of a successful catering company. She
always harbored the secret dream of becoming a winemaker and finally pursued this end when she
began working at Robert Biale Vineyards. In 2011, she crafted her first Pinot Noir and Zinfandel
wines. In 2012, she honed her skills at Spottswoode, spent 2013 at Anomaly Vineyards, and in 2014
worked 2 months as a winemaker at Spy Valley Wines in Marlborough. Visit the website at
2012 Wonderment Campbell’s Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
15.3% alc., pH 3.66,
232 cases, $40. Campbell’s Vineyard is a Dutton Ranch property first planted in the mid 1990s. This
14-acre vineyard lies in the Green Valley of Russian River Valley and is planted to Pommard 4 and
777 clones. This wine is 100% Pommard 4.
Moderately dark black cherry color in the glass. Initially,
the aromas of Bing cherry, cola, and clove are appealing. Over time, the fruit trends to display a
roasted quality. Full-bodied core of very ripe black cherry, black raspberry, cola and baking spice
flavors with a hint of complimentary oak. Vigorous and deep on the palate with balanced tannins.
Well-crafted in this very ripe style.
2012 Wonderment Dr. Stan’s Vineyard Carneros Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., pH 3.65, 79 cases, $50. From a vineyard of
less than 1 acre of 30+ year-old Pinot Noir vines planted to Dijon
Moderate ruby color in the glass. Oak-kissed cherry perfume
leads to a mid weight earthy wine featuring flavors of cherry, dried
herbs, cola and noticeable oak overlay. Well-structured with dry
tannins and enough acidity to bring the fruit to life. The wine
finishes with a modicum of juicy cherry fruit. When tasted later in
the day from a previously opened and re-corked wine, the oak was
more integrated and the wine was noticeably more pleasing.
2012 Beaux Frères The Beaux Frères Vineyard Ribbon Ridge Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., $90. 100% estate
vineyard Pommard and Wädenswil clones on their own roots. 23-
acre vineyard planted with tight spacing from 1987 to 1991
(average vine age 22 years). Biodynamically farmed. Unfined and
Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Very sexy
aromas of fresh cherry pie glaze, exotic spices, ripe raspberries,
sous-bois and sweet oak, becoming more exuberant over time in
the glass. Intense mid palate attack of ripe cherry and black
raspberry fruits with a whisper of oak in the background. Elegant
and harmonious with juicy acidity and a grand finish. A very young
wine with excellent long term prospects.
2012 Bryter Estates Tre Sette Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
15.1% alc., 110
cases, $68. “Tre Sette” means “Three Sevens” in Italian and refers to the single clone of 777 used in
making this wine. Gap’s Crown Vineyard is in proximity to the Petaluma Gap. Planted in 2002 and
2005, the soils are clay loam with significant rock. 30% whole cluster fermented. Aged 14 months in
90% neutral French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered.
Moderately deep red cherry color in the
glass. Pleasing aromas of Bing cherry, spice and sandalwood. Mid weight plus core of spiced cherry
fruit with hints of anise, mocha and red berries. Plenty of sappy fruit, yet light on its feet. Flavors are
not over ripe and nicely framed by complimentary oak. Finishes with a burst of cherry goodness.
2012 Conarium Madeline’s Cuvée Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., pH 3.60, TA 0.60,
100 cases, $35. Harvest Brix 25º. A barrel selection of various vineyard origins. 25% whole cluster
fermentation, crushed by foot before a 7-day cold soak. Aged sur lie for 16 months in French oak
Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Lively aromas of black cherry, sous-bois and
toasty oak. Discreetly weighted and quite flavorful, with tastes of black cherry, ollaliberry, and oak that
attack with purpose, but fade a bit on the finish. The tannins are nicely balanced and the mouth feel
is very silky.
2012 Dutton Estate Karmen Isabella-Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.6% alc., pH 3.62, TA 0.55, 1805
cases, $40. Dutton Ranch farms over 80 unique vineyards in the
cooler areas of the Russian River Valley, primarily in the Green
Valley AVA. This wine resulted from a selection of 3 favorite
vineyards (Thomas Road, Marty’s and Manzana) representing the
Duttons’ vision of a signature Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.
Clones “828,” 777 and 115 planted in Goldridge soil. 100% destemmed,
5-day cold soak, three punch downs daily, aged 10
months in 33% new French oak barrels. The final blend is a barrel
selection of reserve quality. Winemaker is Terry Adams.
reddish purple color in the glass. Bright perfume of fresh Bing cherries, raspberries and toasty oak.
Upon entry, the wine fills the mouth with pure cherry pleasure and hints of cola and oak spice. A
sophisticated offering that is forward and easy to like, with supple tannins, vibrancy, a silky mouth feel,
and a luscious cherry-themed finish.
2013 Ken Wright Shea Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., $45.
Vines planted in Willakenzie soil in 1989.
Moderately light cherry color in the glass. Perfumed with
scents of cherry, raspberry, dusty earth and underbrush. Light in weight, even a bit shallow, with
flavors of red cherry, cranberry and red raspberry with a hint of spice. A delicate wine with soft
tannins and a short, somewhat empty finish. Could pick up intensity and interest over time but the
wine was unchanged two days later from a previously opened and re-corked bottle.
2013 Sante Arcangeli Split Rail Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., pH 3.62, TA 0.59, 370
cases, $36. This vineyard is located at 1,700 feet
elevation on a Corralitos mountaintop. Clones include
Martini, Wädenswil, Mt. Eden, Swan, 32 and Pommard 4.
Harvest Brix 22.5º-24.5º. 100% de-stemmed, aged sur lie
with battonage for 10 months in 95% French and 5% Hungarian
oak barrels of which 30% were new and 70% were used. Unfined
Moderately light cherry color in the glass. Lovely
nose with alluring aromas of Bing cherry, sandalwood and spice
cabinet. A delightful wine that is deep on the palate with an
impressive attack of fleshy dark cherry, black raspberry and spice flavors complimented by a subtle
vein of savory herbs in the background. The fine-grain, slightly weighty tannins provide good
structure, and the persistent finish brings waves of vivid, flamboyant fruit.
2012 Screen Door Cellars Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.8% alc., 100 cases, $45. Inaugural vintage from winemakers
Bobby and Shannon Donnell. Sourced from one unnamed vineyard. Primarily Pommard clone with a small portion of "828" and 115 picked over the top of the bins and co-fermented. Aged 11 months in 40% new French oak barrels.
Moderate dark cherry color in the
glass. The nose is really inviting, bursting with aromas of ripe Bing
cherries, strawberries, sarsaparilla and spice. The wine is very
giving with plenty of deep cherry flavor accented with a hint of cola.
Very luscious, yet nimble, with modest tannins and deft balance.
Quintessential Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.
2012 Soliste Barrique 9 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
12.9% alc., 23 cases, $100. Single vineyard, single clone,
one barrel. From the Guidici Vineyard (the source of Soliste's Forêt bottling), this barrel
stood out from the others that went into the Forêt. Hand bottled into unique Burgundy bottles, then
Moderately light red cherry color in the
glass. Plenty to like about this wine with hi-tone aromas of
cherry, spice box, sous-bois and buttery oak. Light to mid weight
flavors of cherry and strawberry with elegance to spare. Seamless
and demure with supple tannins and harmonious acidity. Very
Chambolle-Musigny in character with a charming delicacy that
seduces rather than imposes its will. This wine will be fascinating
to follow over the ensuing years.
2013 Sonoma-Loeb Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., pH 3.72, TA 0.59,
$39. Winemaker Phillip Corallo-Titus uses Pinot Noir clones 667, 777 and 115 to produce this wine.
Harvest Brix 25.6º-26.8º. Wild yeast and proprietary Burgundian strains were used in the
fermentation. Aged 11 months in French oak barrels.
Moderate reddish purple color in the glass.
The elevating aromas of spiced black raspberry and black cherry are very inviting. A bold expression
of Pinot Noir with luscious flavors of black raspberry, black cherry, spice, mocha and coffee-scented
oak. Very satisfying with a notably intense finish and admirable balance.
2013 Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Lot #23 Carneros Pinot Noir
14% alc., $13.
reddish purple color in the glass. Pleasant aromas of black cherry, strawberry glaze and toasty oak.
Light to mid weight flavors of juicy cherry with a hint of anise and cola. A bit shallow on the attack but
finishes with a burst of cherry flavor backed by slightly astringent tannins. This wine delivers what you
would expect for Pinot Noir at this price point.
2013 Turtle Vines Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
13.9% alcohol, pH 3.79, TA 0.58, 30
cases, $34. 80% Pommard, 20% 667. Harvest Brix 24º. 5-day cold soak, 100% destemmed,
not crushed. 5% whole cluster fermentation. Aged in Flextanks with 20%
Moderate light cherry color in the glass. Aromas of red cherry, spice, and
Herbs de Provence. Light in weight, but flavorful, with a good mid palate attack of cherry
and raspberry fruits complimented by a hint of oak. Light on its feet and easy to cozy up to,
with a refreshing cut of acidity on the finish.
2012 Twomey Cellars Monument Tree Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., 142
cases, $68. The first single vineyard wine from this estate vineyard. For years, this vineyard has been
the backbone for the Anderson Valley bottling.
Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of
strawberry, cherry, spice box and smoky oak become more effusive over time. Juicy flavors of black
cherry and ripe strawberry with a hint of spice are easy to like. Appealing finesse and harmony, with
fine tannins, refreshing acidity and a bright finish.