Siduri Wines

Owner(s) Adam Lee, Dianna Lee
Web site www.siduri.com
 
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Siduri Wines

Adam and Dianna Lee travel the states of California and Oregon sourcing grapes for their appellation-designated and vineyard-designated Pinot Noirs (20 different bottlings in 2011). Personally, I think managing the vast number is a difficult task and the wines show some inconsistency as a result, but most wines are very good. Part of this is attributable to the fact that with so many vineyard sources, not every vineyard performs beautifully in every vintage. You won't find a more passionate winemaker than Lee and you have to respect his talents and time management.

Adam is known as Uncle Sid by his peers because he was one of the first young hounds in the Pinot race and one of the first to produce Pinot Noir is a full-bodied style. He and his wife began modestly with an initial $24,000 investment (their combined savings) in 1994 and quickly become renown. He was the model and or mentor for many other Pinot Noir specialists such as Brian Loring (Loring Wine Company), Andrew Vignello (A.P. Vin) and Michael Browne (Kosta Browne).

Adam met his spouse and partner in Siduri Wines, Dianna, while working at Nieman Marcus in Texas. He was a wine buyer and she was in the Epicure Department. They started dating and shared a passion for wine. They talked about moving to the Russian River Valley and getting involved in the wine business, though Adam initially wanted to be a wine writer rather than a winemaker. When he moved to the Russian River Valley, he even started a publication called "Vintages, Vines and Wines."

Lee crafts his wines out of an urban warehouse winery in northwest Santa Rosa (981 Airway Court, Suites E & F). Founded in 1994, production is now 7,500 cases. His wines have good retail distribution and are sold through a mailing list (an informative newsletter accompanies each group of releases). Tours and tasting daily by appointment (707-578-3882, vino@siduri.com).

Lee also crafts Syrah and other varietals under the Novy label. IN 2014, Adam became the winemaker at Hawks View Cellars in Sherwood, Oregon. He has sourced grapes from Hawks View Vineyard since the mid-1990s. Hawks View produces wines with grapes from California, Oregon and Washington.

Reviewed Wines

2012 Siduri Sonoma County Pinot Noir

14.1% alc.,123 cases, $22. · Medium reddish-purple hue in the glass. Enticing aromas of darker red cherries and berries with hints of spice, anise and smoky oak, picking up intensity over time in the glass. The middleweight core of fresh dark cherry fruit is accented with a riff of cola and oak. Firm tannins provide structure and the acidity is nicely balanced. A solid drinker. Score: 87. Reviewed October 27, 2013 ARTICLE »

2012 Siduri Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 1,034 cases, $22. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose is appealing and picks up interest over time in the glass offering aromas of candied cherries, rose petals and pie spice. An Oregon-styled wine with mid weight flavors of tart cherries and cranberries, mild tannins, and a tight, hi-pitched finish. Score: 87. Reviewed October 27, 2013 ARTICLE »

2012 Siduri Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 1,175 cases, $32. Released April 2014. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Fantastic nose with hi-tone aromas of fresh strawberries, cherry pie, spice and oak accent, holding up over time in the glass. Mid weight, juicy array of red cherry and berry fruits backed by supple tannins and good acidity. An elegant, fruit-forward, very accessible wine. Score: 88. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Siduri Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 3,575 cases, $32. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. This wine is Russian River Valley Pinot Noir personified with plenty of appealing Bing cherry, rose petal, tea and dark chocolate aromas on the nose, and a judicious core of Bing cherry, spice and cola flavors on the palate. The tannic backbone is supple, oak is nicely integrated, and there is enough uplifting acidity to bring the fruit to life. Score: 88. Reviewed October 27, 2013 ARTICLE »

2012 Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 3,019 cases, $32. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose is flush with black cherry, black raspberry, anise and spice perfume. Dark fruits including blackberry and plum fill the mouth with flavor that persists on the finish. The wine has the typical structural muscle shown by wines from this region. A solid, fruit-driven offering that aims to please. Score: 88. Reviewed October 27, 2013 ARTICLE »

2012 Siduri Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 2,232 cases, $32. Sourced from Pratt Vineyard-Sexton Road and "828" from Camp Castro Vineyard with some Sonatera Vineyard and a few barrels of Hirsch Vineyard. Released April 2014. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Fresh aromas of berries, black grapes, forest floor, toast, vanilla and leather. Mid to full bodied core of black raspberry and blackberry fruits backed by muscular tannins. Finishes with reasonable length and intensity leaving some oak and tannin behind. Should be better in 6 months. Score: 88. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Siduri Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 1,834 cases, $32. Released April 2014. A blend of fruit from John Sebastiano, Clos Pepe and Cargasacchi vineyards. · Moderately dark reddish purple hue in the glass. Oak-kissed blackberry, cassis and vanilla aromas. Vivid and juicy on the palate, with a packed and stacked complement of sweet black cherry and blackberry fruits underlain with a good cut of acidity and backed by modest tannins. Very approachable now. Score: 90. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Siduri Shaw Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir

14.35% alc., pH 3.55, TA 0.62, 75 cases, $39. Vineyard owned by Ralph and Marlene Shaw and managed by Bob Grimes. The vineyard has been inconsistent over the past dozen years, but was stellar in 2012. Aged in 66% new French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Interesting aromas of dark berries and plums with hints of pine forest, wood box, and tea leaf. Discreetly concentrated and flavorful exhibiting an array of fruits including ripe strawberry, black raspberry and pomegranate. The oak is supportive but not intrusive, the tannins are modest and the finish has a burst of palate cleansing acidity. I like this wine for its acid-driven vigor. Score: 88. Reviewed October 27, 2013 ARTICLE »

2012 Siduri Arbre Vert Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 399 cases, $42. Released April 2014. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. A festival of earth-kissed cherry fruit on the nose and palate with riffs of clove and citrus, opening slowly over time in the glass. Discreetly concentrated, softly textured and harmonious, with an oak skirt showing. Some length in the mouth and finish with a little grip of tannin and citrus on the finish. Still not very showy the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Definitely needs another 6 to 12 months in bottle for most enjoyment. Score: 89. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Siduri Hawk’s View Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 235 cases, $42. Release June 2014. · Medium reddish purple hue in the glass. The most flamboyant and interesting nose of the Oregon offerings with aromas of black cherry, sassafras, forest floor and graham. Pleasing flavors of black cherry, black raspberry with good fullness and polish on the palate. Impressive persistence on the fruit-filled finish which leaves a modest amount of tannins in its wake. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and recorked bottle, this was clearly my favorite with the most memorable finish of the 2012 Oregon offerings. Will only improve in the cellar. Score: 92. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Siduri Muirfield Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 211 cases, $42. Release June 2014. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is inviting with deep aromas of darker cherries and berries, forest floor and savory highlights. Middleweight core of black cherry fruit which is nicely ripened and bright. Fairly bold with a substantial tannic backbone and a juicy finish with hints of citrus and irondriven minerality. About the same the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. This wine could use another year in bottle. Score: 90. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Siduri Bucher Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.69% alc., pH 3.73, TA 0.60, 100 cases, $44. Inaugural release from this vineyard located on Westside Road. Owned by John and Diane Bucher, the Bucher Vineyard is on a hillside with various aspects. Grapes were harvested at moderate levels of sugar over a two week window. The lots were fermented separately. Half of the wine came from the newest section of the vineyard (“Forklift” Block) which produced the wine with the greatest concentration and interest. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Intense aromas of black cherries, grilled peach and toasty oak. Succulent and sappy on the palate with plenty of black cherry goodness, carrying a tarry, earthy, even barnyard undertone that Burgundy lovers may relish. Easy to drink, with finishing intensity. Score: 88. Reviewed October 27, 2013 ARTICLE »

2012 Siduri Van Der Kamp Vineyard Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., 207 cases, $44. Release May 2014. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. The nose unfolds slowly in the glass to reveal bright aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, tea and wet leaves. Very tasty, with a classy core of black cherry, blueberry and pomegranate fruits backed by sweet oak. The tannins are firm but refined and the finish is spectacularly long. The higher alcohol is evident in the background, but this is a trade off for the sweet, luscious fruit presence. Score: 91. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Siduri Ewald Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 257 cases, $48. Release May 2014. · Dark reddish purple color in the glass. Complex nose with aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, briar, pine, spice rub, and others I could not pinpoint. Full-bodied, sweet and sappy, with a plethora of black fruits. Tremendous luscious fruit intensity with matched tannins. Complimentary oak in the background. The wine becomes softer and more cohesive with more nuance over time in the glass, but make no mistake, this is a fruit driven wine. Score: 90. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Siduri John Sebastiano Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 352 cases, $48. Released April 2014. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Enticing aromas of blackberry jam, sassafras, vanilla and earthy flora. Delicious array of dark cherry and berry fruits supported by suave tannins. Very charming soft mouth feel with plenty of finishing grace. A very appealing, beautifully composed and seamless wine that will only get better in the cellar. A real standout. Score: 94. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Siduri Lingenfelder Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 211 cases, $48. Release June 2014. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. Very aromatic, with expressive scents of cherry, nutmeg and rose petal. Good attack and finish with plenty of sappy black cherry fruit. Juicy and refined, but shouldering too much oak at present. This wine should be cellared for at least a year to integrate the oak. Score: 90. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Siduri Pratt Vineyard-Sexton Road Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.66% alc., pH 3.60, TA 0.63, 282 cases, $48. 25% whole cluster in the Pommard section of the vineyard. Other clones include 777 and 23. Unfined and unfiltered. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. This is the kind of Pinot perfume that drives pinotphiles crazy. Uplifting aromas of cherry latté, spiced Halloween punch, and black raspberry preserves lead to a delicious core of sappy black raspberry, black plum and spice flavors. Mouth coating from entry to finish with complimentary oak highlights. A pleasure nest. Score: 94. Reviewed October 27, 2013 ARTICLE »

2012 Siduri Soberanes Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 235 cases, $48. Release June 2014. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Exuberant nose with vibrant aromas of dark red cherries and berries, rose petals and wet earth. Highly flavorful featuring black raspberry, cassis and plum with an oak sheen. Velvety soft and silky in the mouth with balanced, suede tannins. The wine finishes with ornate fruit and a slight bit of heat. Needs more time to integrate the oak. Score: 90. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Siduri Sonatera Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 368 cases, $48. Release June 2014. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Appealing aromas of cherry pie glaze, raspberries and exotic wood. Rich and luscious flavors of dark plum, black cherry, sassafras and spice with complimentary oak and balanced tannins. A pleasurable, fruit-driven wine with a plush mouth feel. A touch of heat shows up on the finish. Score: 89. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Siduri Parson’s Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 258 cases, $50. Released April 2014. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Black fruits are featured with a heavy dose of charred oak and cigar box evident on the nose and palate. Luscious black cherry and blackberry core with muscular, slightly astringent tannins and a generous finish filled with plenty of fruit goodness. An awkward bruiser right now that will benefit from more time in bottle. Score: 87-88. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Siduri Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., 376 cases, $50. Release May 2014. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. Shy red cherry fruit with accents of stem and oak spice on the nose. The earthy cherry core has a cooked fruit tone. A feminine wine that is very dainty in this vintage. Currently, the oak and tannins stick out. Slightly tart cherry holds on at the finish which has a slight burn. About the same the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 88. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Siduri Cargassachi Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.69% alc., pH 3.53, TA 0.68, 211 cases, $52. 100% clone 115. Vineyard picked in two sections giving a mix of flavor profiles. Unfined and unfiltered. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose is quite typical of this vineyard with aromas of black berry and stone fruits, black currant, mesquite, iron and earth. Plush, soft, rich and inviting on the palate, this wine offers a mouthful of earth-kissed purple and black fruits perfectly matched to ripe tannins. The intense, grandiose, and aromatic finish is full of juicy fruit pleasure. Wines from this vineyard can be somewhat animale in character and brooding, but this wine sparkles with freshness and vibrancy as well as offering inviting finesse with power. The best Cargassachi Vineyard Pinot Noir I have ever tasted. Scary to think this will get better with more time in bottle. Score: 94. Reviewed October 27, 2013 ARTICLE »

2012 Siduri Keefer Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.59% alc., pH 3.53, TA 0.63, 517 cases, $52. From six separate sections of the vineyard. Each section was treated differently, using whole clusters on some but not on others, adding yeast to the must on some, but not on others, etc. The ultimate blend includes five out of the six sections. Clones are Pommard, 2A, 777, 115 and 114. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Lovely aromas of fresh cherry pie glaze, baking spices and sandalwood. The delicious and seductive core of juicy iced cherry and red berry flavors is wrapped in gossamer tannins. Beautifully composed and harmonious with a refreshing finish of cherry goodness. Keefer Ranch terroir really shows through in this wine. Score: 94. Reviewed October 27, 2013 ARTICLE »

2012 Siduri Sierra Mar Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

15.27% alc., pH 3.66, TA 0.65, 444 cases, $52. Each section picked at ideal ripeness with harvest spread over a month’s time. Each clone (943, 23, 777 and Pommard) was fermented individually, with winemaking treatment varying depending on the fruit condition. A bit more whole cluster than in previous years. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddishpurple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of Bing cherries, red rose petals and potpourri. Mouth watering flavors of peak-ripened fruits including black cherry, black raspberry and strawberry. Very smooth and seductive on the palate with welcoming concentration, finishing with a pleasing burst of robust fruit flavor. The wine picks up interest and intensity over time in the glass and the balance is spot on, portending a long life ahead. Score: 93. Reviewed October 27, 2013 ARTICLE »

2012 Siduri Hirsch Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 276 cases, $55. Release June 2014. Three new sections of vineyard added in 2012 as original section sourced wince 1995 was largely pulled out due to disease. A selection of 39% of the barrels for the final wine. 5 barrels of Pommard, 3 barrels each of Mt Eden and 114. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Very reticent, but shows tremendous potential. Aromas of black cherry, blackberry jam and sassafras. Mid weight flavors of black raspberry, black cherry and pomegranate with an earthy, leathery undertow. Very classy fruit with well managed tannins and admirable balance. Not particularly interesting now, but the pedigree shows through. Should be a killer in a year or two. Score: 91. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Siduri Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., pH 3.53, TA 0.68, 423 cases, $55. First single-vineyard Pinot Noir release from the 2012 vintage. Sourced from three sections of the vineyard which were fermented separately. Some whole cluster in two of the three sections. The final blend included 37% of the barrels, a strict selection not driven by profit but by quality. Unfined and unfiltered. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Intoxicating aromas of dark red and black cherry berry mix with a hint of oak vanillin. Delicious, intense flavors of dark berries and black plums, nicely spiced with a lush, long finish. The darkest fruited, most tannic, and most powerful wine in the 2012 Siduri lineup. When this wine enters your mouth, the experience is scintillating. If this wine doesn’t make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck, you must be undead. A distinctive wine that is tré Pisoni. Score: 95. Reviewed October 27, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Siduri Sonoma County Pinot Noir

13.1% alc., 1,251 cases, $22. Primarily sourced from Van der Kamp Vineyard on Sonoma Mountain and Castro and Sexton Sonoma Coast vineyards. · Light reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of black cherries, new leather and subtle oak. Reasonably concentrated dark red cherry and berry flavors with a hint of cola, oak and savory spice. Light on its feet with an appealing delicacy. Decent. Reviewed March 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Siduri Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.1% alc., 613 cases, $29. Grapes were picked at low Brix (20º) in November (first time for Siduri) and luckily heavy rains held off. Severe crop thinning. Only 17% of fruit made the cut for this bottling, mostly from old vines. · A simple but easy drinking wine with shy cherry, sandalwood and espresso aromas, cherry and raspberry flavors, good acidity and very soft tannins. Respectable concentration in an elegant, light weight offering. Decent. Reviewed March 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Siduri Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 2,434 cases, $32. A blend of fruit from five vineyards including 7 clones and 17 blocks, all of which were fermented and aged separately. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Quintessential Russian River Valley Pinot with deep, lush cherry cordial aromas and flavors, restrained tannins, good acidity, and a noteworthy cherry cola finish. Good. Reviewed March 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 1,333 cases, $32. A blend of fruit from Santa Lucia Highlands vineyards that are sourced by Siduri. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Very shy scent of darker berries and plum with a hint of oak. Never really opens up on the nose. Middleweight flavors of blackberry and black currant with a lacy oak overlay, softly textured with moderately muscular tannins. Decent. Reviewed March 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Siduri Sonatera Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., 307 cases, $32. 5 clones. · Light reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with intense Bing cherry aromas underlain with oak-driven espresso. Dark red cherry and berry fruits accented with baking spice are featured in a richly fruited wine with reasonable mid palate presence, styled with modest tannins and bright acidity, tailing off to a shallow finish with oak highlights. Decent. Reviewed March 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Siduri Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

12.9% alc., 1,252 cases, $32. 50% Sonatera Vineyard, 37% Castro Vineyard, 10% Ewald Vineyard and 3% Hirsch Vineyard. A blend of 8 clones from 11 different vineyard blocks picked both before and after the early October rains. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Surprisingly concentrated and flavorful considering the very low alcohol (according to Adam, "This is one of the leanest Pinot Noirs at 12.9% alcohol we have ever made, and yet it is rich and concentrated"). Aromas of darker berries, plum and new oak but never really opens up over time in the glass. Moderately rich red fruit flavors are accented by savory herbs and oak. Soft in the mouth with good acidity that adds verve. Good. Reviewed March 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Siduri Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 1,014 cases, $32. A blend of fruit from Cargassachi, Clos Pepe and Sebastiano Vineyards. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Appealing aromas of black raspberries, forest floor, and tobacco oak. Concentrated flavors of fresh black cherries, dark berries, spice, Hoison sauce and complimentary oak. A solid wine with redeeming balance that will have fans. Good (+). Reviewed March 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Siduri Ewald Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 149 cases, $48. A 3.1-acre vineyard in the Vine Hill area near Kistler. All fruit goes to Siduri. Clones 115 and 777. · Medium reddish-purple hue in the glass. Aromas of well-ripened cherries, cigar box and eucalyptus. Bright, juicy and crisp with a middleweight core of smoky black cherry and plum fruit, finishing with intensity. Has good concentration yet light on its feet. Still sporting a noticeable oak topcoat. Good. Reviewed March 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Siduri Soberanes Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

235 cases, $48. Adjacent Garys’ Vineyard but rows are oriented differently so the winds pass through the vineyard more evenly and because it is more fertile, the vines are planted closer together. Fourth leaf. Pisoni selection, and 667. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of dark currants, ripe plum and brandied raisins. Delicious and harmonious, with gorgeous flavors of black plum and blackberries with a note of spice and citrus in the background. The fruit really sparkles in this wine and lasts and lasts on the finish that offers a teasing hint of spice and mocha. Spectacular the following day from a previously opened and closed bottle showing an Elvis on velvet mouth feel. A complete wine that is very refined and sophisticated and clearly the jewel of this vintage for Siduri. Reviewed March 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Siduri Parsons’ Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 420 cases, $49. From a very warm site on the Santa Rosa Plain. Typically the wines are big and ripe. Clones are 115, 777, and Pommard. Kelley Parsons farms this vineyard along with vineyard manager Jim Pratt, and she is also a noted tomato grower in the area. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Vibrant, expressive nose showing aromas of berries on the vine, cherry pie and spice. A wowzer in the mouth with a gargantuan blast of very ripe and lush cherry and raspberry fruit that holds your attention on the huge finish. Soft and velvety in the mouth with enough balanced acidity and tannin to keep it on point. This wine will have fans among fruit lovers. Very good. Reviewed March 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Siduri Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 419 cases, $52. Grapes picked prior to October rains. Pisoni selection on two rootstocks. Some whole cluster. Aged 14 months prior to bottling. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose explodes upon opening with fresh cherry aroma and hints of spice, herbs and redwood. On the palate, the layers of flashy cherry and raspberry fruit really draw your attention and hold it through a finish like a three hour movie you don’t want to end. Spend some quality time with this one as it will gradually become significantly better in the glass. Reviewed March 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Siduri Keefer Ranch Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 320 cases, $52. · A classy wine with a velvety array of red cherry and strawberry fruit accented with baking spices and oak, which last through the generous aromatic finish. The acidity stands out in this wine. Adam likes to point out that the best 2011 wines have concentration without weight and this wine personifies that. My only nit is that there is a green thread running through this wine in the background. Good (+). Reviewed March 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Siduri Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 613 cases, $52. 38% 777, 27% Pommard, 27% 828 and 8% Pisoni clones. 115 did not make the final wine. Picked at 23.9º to 24.7º Brix. Mix of native and inoculated fermentations. · Medium dark reddish color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with bright aromas of cherry pie glaze, sandalwood and rose petals. Dark red strawberry and cherry flavors are featured in a mid weight style with balanced fine-grain tannins and some welcome finishing intensity. Offers some textural interest as well. Very good. Reviewed March 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Siduri Sierra Mar Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 445 cases, $52. Vineyard planted over several years (2007, 2008, 2010) by Gary Franscioni at the southern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands. Clone 23 (Mariafeld), Pommard and 943 (777 didn’t make the cut). · Deep, dark purple color in the glass. Aromas of spicy black raspberry with tobacco-laced oak in the background. The fruit really emerges with conviction as the wine is swirled in the glass over time. The mid palate infusion of nicely ripened dark red and black cherries and berries with a hint of Hoison sauce, anise, brown spice and oak is quite pleasurable. Soft and smooth on the palate with admirable balance and noticeable finishing presence. Very good. Reviewed March 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Siduri Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 196 cases, $54. · Only a third of the grapes harvested from this vineyard made it into this wine. Very modest reddish-purple color in the glass. The aromas never show up despite extended swirling in the glass. However, the flavors explode on the palate with intense flavors of black plum, black currant, and exotic brown spice. The fruit really makes an impression and finishes with power and length. Very soft in the mouth with supple tannins. Give this wine some time in the cellar. Very good. Reviewed March 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Siduri Hirsch Vineyard Fort Ross-Seaview Pinot Noir

12.9% alc. $55. Siduri has purchased Hirsch fruit from the oldest section of the vineyard since 1995. 2011 was the last year for most of the old vineyard due to leaf roll virus. Very small crop, 20% whole cluster. Indigenous yeast fermentations. Only 3 out of 5 barrels made the cut and 2 of the barrels were aged in new French oak. · Light reddish color in the glass. Very reticent nose with extremely shy aromas of cherries and spice. Cherry fruit is featured with a confected gum drop and pastry overlay, but with some unusual, indescribable flavors. Very light with fine tannins peaking out on the finish. Decent. Reviewed March 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Siduri Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 536 cases, $55. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Typical aromas and flavors of Pisoni but more approachable and welcoming in this vintage. The nose offers scents of black currants, black grapes, and blackberries with hints of black licorice, dark chocolate and oak. Delicious, full-bodied core of black fruits including plum and grape with a hint of root beer, clothed in noticeable but relatively restrained tannins, finishing with power. The velvety mouth feel is very seductive. A wine of recognizable breeding, crafted with great skill. Reviewed March 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Siduri Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

13.1% alc., 1,592 cases, $30, screw cap. 100% de-stemmed, native yeast fermentation. Sourced from 4 vineyards. Blend of Pommard, Wädenswil, 115, 667 and 777. · Light reddish-purple color in the glass. Varied aromas including cherries, sandalwood, brioche, toasted oak, underbrush and leather holster. Tasty red cherry core in a lighter, elegant style that has a slight confected tone. Mild dusty tannins make for easy drinking. An Evesham Wood styled Pinot Noir that is very Oregonian. Good. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 1,940 cases, $30, screw cap. · Darkest in color of the appellation wines and displaying the ripest fruit profile. Appealing aromas of plum pudding and blackberry jam are echoed in the flavors with complimentary oak-driven mocha in the background. Medium weight with a soft entry and exit and reserved tannins. Nothing is out of place. Very good. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Siduri Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.1% alc.m 496 cases, $30, screw cap. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Brooding aromas of dark red stone fruits initially, becoming more charming over time in the glass. A nicely composed, balanced, and flavorful medium intensity wine displaying a variety of flavors including pie cherries, dark red berries, sassafras, herbs and tar. Soft in the mouth with restrained tannins and some aromatic persistence on the cherry and citrus toned finish. Very good. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Siduri Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 910 cases, $30, screw cap. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose is not particularly appealing with very delicate dark red fruits primarily. An earthy wine with a linear display of dark red and black Pinot fruits and a savory mushroom note. Firm tannins, yet soft in the mouth. Slightly more expressive over time in the glass, but still lacks a distinctive crescendo. Check back in 6 to 12 months. Decent. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Siduri Hawk’s View Vineyard Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., 146 cases, $39, screw cap. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Intense aromas of black cherries and spice with a subtle floral note. Medium weight essence of black cherries lifted by bright acidity and framed by supple tannins. Very appealing riff of cherries on the pleasing finish. Easily approachable now. Very good. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Siduri Parsons’ Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 197 cases, $45. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with vivid aromas of black cherries, black raspberries and exotic spices. Big, bold and tasty with a full-on core of black cherry fruit with a sidecar of cola and Hoison sauce. A good spark of acidity keeps the wine juicy and refreshing and this, along with the smooth mouth feel, makes this wine a treat. Very good. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Siduri Ewald Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 196 cases, $48. · Dense and darkly colored in the glass. Aromas of ripe plums, mixed berry jam and oak. Intense core of black cherry and blackberry fruit that hits the mid palate with guns blazing. Full-bodied and thick with moderate tannins, and a riff of cherry skin and cirtus peel on the finish. Strap on your jock before attacking this big boy wine. Decent. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Siduri Sebastiano Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 148 cases, $48. · Moderately dark reddish-purple hue in the glass. Aromas of oak, old book, tobacco and delicate red berries. Elegantly styled on the palate with bright flavors of dark red berries and plum with an underpinning of toasted oak. Seamless with pleasing intensity and sleekness, displaying a long, chewy finish. Needs time for complete integration of oak and full enjoyment. Very good. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Siduri Sonatera Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 314 cases, $48, screw cap. Clones 667, 115, and 115. Native and cultured yeast primary fermentation, native MLF. · Moderately dark reddish-purple hue in the glass. Aromas of dark cherry liquor, tea leaf, grass and old cask. Medium bodied and smoothly textured with flavors of black cherries, black raspberries and dried cranberries with a dry herb note in the background. Well-made but just doesn’t grab my full interest. Good. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Siduri Cargasacchi Vineyard Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 195 cases, $50. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Copious black stone fruits and black berries on the nose with hints of jam on toast, charcoal and oak. Medium-weight core of dark Pinot fruits which are very expressive and attention-getting. Savory and earthy in nature with a subtle smoky, tarry note in the background. Great potential here with further cellaring. Good (+). Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Siduri Clos Pepe Vineyard Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 369 cases, $50. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Rather nondescript nose offering aromas of forest floor and demure dark fruits. Darker fruited on the palate with subtle oak in the background, displaying some very pretty fruit that is still introverted. Nicely crafted and seamless with satisfying finishing acidity, but needs at least a year or two in bottle for full enjoyment. Very good. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Siduri Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 241 cases, $50. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose is closed for business with very muted aromas of dark stone fruits and oak. Rather closed, uninspiring and earthy now with a linear display of dark stone fruits in a medium weighted style. Nicely crafted with well-behaved tannins, a good acid spine, and a silk and satin texture, but just isn’t offering much fruit flavor interest at this time. Cellar this one for a good year. Good (+). Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Siduri Hirsch Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 96 cases, $50. Ripeness was a challenge at Hirsch Vineyard with lower than normal crop size. Despite this, the resulting wine is quite alluring. · Light reddish-purple color in the glass. The aromatics are stunning with bright aromas of cherry pie glaze, fresh berries, tea leaf and spice. Perfectly ripe fruit offered in an elegant display of delicious dark red cherries and berries with a hint of cherry cola. Silky with perfectly matched tannins. Very appealing and quite approachable now. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Siduri Keefer Ranch Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 395 cases, $50. Six clones separately fermented and barrel aged. The ultimate blend was 43% clone 23, 31% clone 114, 19% clone 2A and 7% clone 777. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose features redder fruits with a nice whiff of spice and sandalwood. Very typical for this vineyard with a nicely spiced black cherry flavor, good crispness, and fine, dusty tannins. Oak adds a complimentary accent. In two words, very charming. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Siduri Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.1% alc. 582 cases, $50. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. This wine is showing the most oak now both on the nose and palate. Aromas of blackberries, boysenberries and coffee. Flavors of plum, dark berries, sassafras and cola with some oak in the background. Very soft in the mouth with notable echo of scent and fruit on the finish. Needs more time to integrate the oak but the core of fruit is gorgeous. Very good. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Siduri Sonoma County Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 2,657 cases, $20, screw cap. A blend of several wellknown vineyards (Van der Kamp, Sapphire Hill, Sonatera and others) and clones (Martini, 667, 777, 115, Pommard and Mt. Eden). · An appealing perfume of spiced black cherries and raspberries with oak in the background, fading some over time in the glass. Moderately intense black cherry core with some strawberry and pomegranate flavor in the background. A little earthy and oak influenced with a finish that is a little shallow. A back porch Pinot that is definitely worth the tab. Decent. Reviewed March 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Siduri Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 1,132 cases, $30, screw cap. · Prototypical Russian River Valley nose of Bing cherry and baking spice with a medium-weighted core of tasty and richly flavored dark cherries. The tannins are restrained and a touch of oak in the background is complimentary. A solid drinker. Good (+). Reviewed March 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 1,855 cases, $30, screw cap. 45% Rosella’s Vineyard, 26% Pisoni Vineyard, 20% Garys’ Vineyard, and 9% Sierra Mar Vineyard. Clones include Pisoni selection, 777, 828 and Pommard. · The deepest and darkest color in the lineup. Aromas of fresh plums, blackberry jam and a hint of oak. Intense, yet charming essence of black Pinot fruits with a substantial tannic backbone. A seamless and highly enjoyable wine that is clearly representative of Santa Lucia Highlands terroir. Very good. Reviewed March 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Siduri Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 1,028 cases, $30, screw cap. · Exotic, demure aromas of berry compote and bacon. Moderately intense flavors of juicy dark berries and plums with a hi-tone backbone fueled by lively acidity. A lot to like here with plenty of tasty fruit, gossamer tannins and a refreshing finish. Good (+). Reviewed March 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Siduri Keefer Ranch Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 247 cases, $48. · Subdued but alluring perfume of strawberries, red cherries, cream soda and dried rose petals. Delicious and vivid cherry and berry flavors with hints of baking spice and oak. A hi-collared wine with a lovely mouthfeel, comforting finesse, and a bright pop of cherry on the finish. This vineyard continues to impress. Reviewed March 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Siduri Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 298 cases, $50. Siduri is entering the second decade of working with this vineyard. A combination of Pisoni selection on 5C rootstock (33% whole cluster, indigenous fermentation), and Pisoni selection on 3309 rootstock (15% whole cluster, inoculated with a Williams Selyem winery yeast isolate). · Enticing aromas of black cherries, deeply colored berries and cola. A lip smacker with oodles of fruit that saturates the palate and persists on the finish with a clinging vengeance. Soft and smoothly textured, this is a kick-ass Pinot that will bring you to your knees. Reviewed March 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Siduri Wines Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 1,183 cases, $30, screw cap. A blend of fruit from Muirfield, Beran and Arbre Vert Vineyards. The vines in these vineyards are at least 17 years old. · Shy aromatics reveal scents of wild red berries, underbrush and herbs. Moderately light in weight, with attractive, slightly sweet flavors of dark strawberries and raspberries. Bright acidity with soft tannins that arrive with a rush on the dry finish. Needs another 6 months to free-up the aromatics and integrate the tannins. Good. Reviewed April 9, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Siduri Wines Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 1,782, $30, screw cap. A blend of fruit from six vineyards with nearly half coming from Keefer Ranch. Clones 114, 115, 667, 777, Pommard, 2A and 23. Plenty of single-vineyard juice in this wine as production was significantly ramped up in this vintage. · Lovely perfume of black cherries, grape soda, black currants, spice box and oak. Moderately rich core of black cherry fruit with underpinnings of sassafras, cola, root beer and oak toast. The ripest fruit in the 2008 appellation lineup. Juicy, with supple tannins and respectable persistence on the finish. Very good. Reviewed April 9, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Siduri Wines Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 486 cases, $30, screw cap. · Impressively nuanced nose highlighting scents of strawberries, blackberries, underbrush, leather, lavender and exotic Eastern spices. Moderately rich in intensity with a savory and loamy bent and supporting oak. Smoothly textured with a fruity finish. Good. Reviewed April 9, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Siduri Wines Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 611 cases, $30, screw cap. · Deeply colored. Alluring scents of raspberries and cherries with hints of spice and herbs. Very tasty, penetrating and attention-getting dark red fruit core set off by perfectly balanced acids and tannins. The restrained oak is a perfect compliment. Very juicy with a fruity persistence on the bright finish. There are not many appellation wines from the Sta. Rita Hills and this is the best I have ever tasted. The wine really shows off the bright acidity and well-proportioned tannic structure that are typical of the wines of this appellation. Tasted twice with the same results. A stunning appellation wine at a very attractive price. Reviewed April 9, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Siduri Wines Amber Ridge Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 147 cases, $45. · The nose on this wine is restrained and delicate at this stage showing aromas of black cherries and baked bread. Once you take a sip of this beauty, you are quickly seduced. Delicious flavor core of Bing cherries, pastry dough, cola and a touch of oak and an exotic spice note in the background. Great fruit intensity on the mid palate. The tannins are very supple making this very drinkable now. Silky, sensual and impeccably balanced, this wine sports the prettiest fruit in the lineup. Reviewed April 9, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Siduri Wines Keefer Ranch Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 247 cases, $48. · Lightest in color in the lineup of 2008 Pinot Noirs tasted. Starts off shy, picking up more fruit intensity in the glass. Aromas of ripe strawberries, cherries, raspberries, red licorice, crushed rock and subtle oak. Oakkissed dark red fruits are a bit flat and linear. Juicy with lively acidity, supple tannins, and pleasing finesse. A definite oak influence should resolve with more aging. This wine hasn’t come together yet but is promising. Good. Reviewed April 9, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Siduri Wines Sonatera Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 396 cases, $48. · Aromas are more savory than fruity featuring notes of brier patch, toast, herbs, oak and cedar. A bit reluctant at first, developing more charm with time in the glass. Oak-kissed berry and plum fruit with an earthy, feral edge. Admirable silkiness and balance, with mild tannins and some finishing persistence. Good. Reviewed April 9, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Siduri Wines Cargassachi Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 146 cases, $49. · A young wine with shy aromas of dark fruits, smoke, and oak spice. Earthy and brooding, deep and dark, with rich flavors of plums and blackberries, touched by savory herbs, black tea and chicory. Plenty of tannin to shed. The creamy mouth feel is very sexy. Hard to get your arms around this one now, but this is an incredible effort that will repay a few years in the cellar. Reviewed April 9, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Siduri Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Clone 115 Pinot Noir

(barrel sample) · Both of Siduri wines were distinctly browner in color, although by no means oxidized, compared to the rest of the wines on the table. Bright sour cherry and cinnamon nose. Very fruit-forward flavors, big wine, finishing grip and seems almost ready to drink. Reviewed March 23, 2008 ARTICLE »

2007 Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $36. · Moderately light garnet color. Aromas of berries and cherries with competing notes of oak char and oak spice. On the palate there is respectable richness of black raspberry fruit with hints of tar and black tea. The tannins are soft and the finish is crisp and refreshing. The vein of noticeable oak that runs through this wine spoils the experience for me. Reviewed September 5, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Siduri Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 241 cases, $50. · The nose offers aromas of dark berries, oak and creosol. Rich and fruit-driven, and somewhat linear. Very smoothly textured with caressing tannins and acidity. Good. Reviewed March 11, 2010 ARTICLE »

2006 Siduri Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Highly forthcoming Xmas spice nose. Delicious glycerol-laden fruit, dark fruit spectrum, very aromatic finish. Superb. Although Sidur single vineyard Pinot Noirs are too big, too alcoholic, too sweet for me (Russell) more often than not, the ones that don’t cross that line, including this example, are wonderful. (I agree with that statement). Reviewed March 23, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Siduri Terra De Promissoi Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $37. · Big stewed tomato and heavily oak spiced nose. Fruit intensity is lacking on the palate with green flavors and oak most prominent. Light in body, soft in texture with plenty of brisk acidity. Reviewed April 7, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Siduri Sapphire Hill Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., 295 cases, $40. Siduri has sourced fruit from this vineyard since 2000. This is consistently one of Siduri’s most elegant bottlings. 13 barrels out of 38 were chosen for this vineyard-designated wine. · A demurely colored and lighter weighted wine of great finesse with oak-kissed strawberries and cherries running throughout. The gossamer tannins create a silky texture. Very approachable, but leans a little heavily on oak. Reviewed November 17, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Siduri Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 490 cases, $45. Juice was bled off to concentrate the wine, more whole clusters were used than normal, and strict barrel selection was employed. A blend of Pisoni clone, Pommard clone and Dijon clones 777 and 828 aged 10 months in 80% new French oak. · Lovely aromas of black raspberry, plum jam, oak and green tea. Bright, tantalizing and full-bodied blackberry fruit with an attractive earthy note and a hint of citric tang on the clean finish. The tannins and oak are beautifully reigned in. The pedigree of the fruit really shows through in this wine and it is one of the best examples of Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir I have ever tasted. A show-stopper and everything you could ask for in a Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir. Reviewed November 17, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Siduri Sonatera Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., 486 cases, $45. A blend of 32% Pommard clone with the remainder Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777. Aged in 81% new French oak for 10 months. · Darkly colored. Fruity nose featuring very ripe blackberry and black stone fruits with toasty oak and a hint of spearmint. The attack of dark fruits is rich and fulfilling with a smooth follow-through, finishing with a generous strike of oak. Reviewed November 17, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Siduri Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $48. · An oak-inspired wine that has beautiful fruit. Aromas of black cherries, sage and oak. Full-bodied flavors of blackberries and black cherries with noticeable oak in the background. A robust, structured wine with delicious fruit, moderate tannins and a dry finish. Oak lovers will relish this wine. Score: 88. Reviewed October 3, 2009 ARTICLE »

2006 Siduri Truett Nolan California Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 192 cases, $70. This is a special wine to honor the birth of the Lee’s third child, Truett Nolan, who was born April 17, 2006. It is a blend of 50% Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir, 25% Sonatera Vineyard Pinot Noir, and 25% Clos Pepe Vineyard Pinot Noir. Barreled for 16 months. · The nose is restrained but charming offering oak-dusted black cherries and a small dose of good Pinot barnyard. Lovely red Pinot fruits are softly textured and enhanced by oak and spice. The whole package is seamless and comforting and the finish has remarkable persistence. This is a refined and restrained Pinot Noir that offers its pleasures slowly - a wine that seduces you rather than attacks you. It was still drinking beautifully the next day from a re-corked previously opened bottle portending a long life ahead. Here’s hoping the Lees keep having children. Reviewed November 17, 2008 ARTICLE »

2004 Siduri Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.5% alc.. · Deep garnet color. Rich and ripe scents of black cherries and raspberries. A hedonistic style that retains plenty of sweet fruit richness and has shed all of its tannins. Stacked and packed with fruit with admirable balance for such a big-boned wine. Reviewed July 9, 2009 ARTICLE »

2003 Siduri Muirfield Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc.. · A decent ‘whitebread’ wine that is soft in texture. Simple and fruity rather than complex. Reviewed March 27, 2007 ARTICLE »