2007 Paradise Ridge Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
13.7% alc., 700 cases, $27. 2 vineyards, 5 clones.
Shy fruit overshadowed by scents of toasted oak and roasted nuts. Oak-tinged Bing cherry and strawberry
tastes. Light and simple with generous oak. I preferred the 2006 version of this wine. Decent.
2007 Fog Crest Vineyard Laguna West Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., $32. Crafted by noted winemakers David Ramey and Daniel
Moore. Sourced from a single neighboring vineyard.
Mineral-infused cherry and
berry aromas with a little funk, forest floor, truffle and oak toast. Strawberry and
cherry flavors with a little tutti-fruiti thrown in for interest. Lighter weighted with
mild tannins and hi-tone acidity. A back porch Pinot with no pretensions.
2007 Ketcham Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.4% alc.,pH 3.65, 760 cases, $32. Winemaker is
Michael Browne. 80% Ketcham Vineyard, 20% O’Neel Vineyard, Nonella Vineyard and Manzana Vineyard.
Pommard, Dijon 777, 667, 115 and 828 clones. Aged 16 months in French oak.
Aromas of cherry cola,
lavender and wood chips. Moderately rich black cherry, black currant fruits with an earthy, spicy underpinning.
Smooth in the mouth with a short, but pleasing finish. Decent (+).
2007 Ketcham Estate Ketcham Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.6% alc., 420 cases, $41. A reserve wine that is 100% Ketcham Estate
Vineyard fruit. Sourced from a 16-acre vineyard with a broad selection of clones.
Restrained aromas of dark red cherries and berries with a complimentary hint of
spice. Very tasty essence of dark cherries and plums with admirable
persistence. Silky smooth with supple tannins. Still a little closed, but offers
considerable upside potential. More sophistication and plushness than the
regular bottling. Very good.
2006 Baton Laguna Ridge Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.9% alc., $35.
Project of Bill Vyenielo, who as General Manager, helped develop Peter Michael
Winery into the respected position it is today. Jeff Pisoni is the winemaker.
Moderately light in color. Delicate aromas of ripe black cherries and oak. Rich
flavors of black cherries and dark berries with a hint of cola and oak. Smoothly
textured with well-proportioned dry tannins and some interest and persistence on
the fruit-driven finish. A solid, well-priced wine. Very good.