2018 Reichwage Winery Twin Hills Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $N/A. Estate vineyard in the
Moderate garnet color in the glass. Pleasing aromas of black cherry, dark red rose petal,
cardamom spice and a subtle herbal note. Mid-weight flavors of dark red cherry, raspberry, clove and cola with
subtle oak in the background. A grassy, herbal perfumery note is pervasive.
2019 Reichwage Winery Twin Hills Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., 350 cases, $50. Estate vineyard farmed
organically since 2014. Native yeast fermentation, 10% whole
cluster, aged 22 months in 15% new oak.
garnet color in the glass. Enticing aromas of dark cherry,
potpourri, rose petal and spice. Deep, dark cherry core in a midweight
plus style with added notes of dark chocolate, cola and
refined oak. Supple tannins with a soft, seductive finish. Sheer
beauty of flavor.
2018 Montagne Russe Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., 350 cases, $32. Aged in oak on the lees for
10 months, 10% new.
Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Aromas of Bing cherry, baking spices and
sweet oak. Confected fruit flavors of cherry and raspberry with a hint of vanilla. Soft, gentle tannins and a
moderate finish. Less appealing over time in the glass and a hint of alcoholic heat shows up as the wine warms
in the glass.
2018 Montagne Russe Terra de Promissio Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.7% alc., 95 cases,
N/A. Aged 10 months on the lees in oak, 40% new. Calera clone.
Moderately dark garnet color in the glass.
Pleasant aromas of black cherry, pomegranate, cassis, vanilla and caramel. Mid-weight plus in style with a
plethora of well-ripened, darker cherry and berry fruits backed by svelte tannins. Tobacco oak plies the
background. A sense of alcoholic heat shows up over time as the wine warms in the glass.
2018 Montagne Russe Tondre Grapefield Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
15.3% alc, 100 cases, $N/A.
Moderate garnet color in the glass. A strong smell of oak pervades the nose that also offers aromas of black
cherry compote and rose petal. Full-bodied, with a succulent core of oak-kissed black cherry, blackberry and
pomegranate fruit flavors. The high ABV offers a silken, polished mouthfeel. Beautiful fruit but too much oak
2018 Montagne Russe Dragon’s Back Black Knight Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
13.9% alc., 143
cases, $60. Aged on the lees in French oak, 40% new for 10 months.
Moderate garnet color in the glass.
Pleasing aromas of blueberry, blackberry and forest floor. A cheerful and uplifting wine offering discretely
concentrated flavors of black cherry and dark red berry with an herbal thread and only a shadow of oak. Wellmannered
tannins and balancing acidity. If you believe in minerality, this wine has it!
2018 Montagne Russe Spring Hill Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.0% alc., 115 cases, $69. Aged
on the lees for 10 months in French oak, 40% new.
Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. The nose offers
a noticeable floral perfume along with scents of earth and terra-cotta. Full-bodied, lush and creamy with a gush
of blackberry and cassis flavors framed by ripe, fine-grained tannins. The fruit pushes the ripeness envelope
but does not cross over into sur maitre.
2018 Montagne Russe Le Meilleur Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., 25 cases, $105. A selection of the
five best barrels from the 2018 harvest. A blend of grapes from five vineyards. Aged for 12 months in new
French oak barrels.
Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Engaging aromas of black cherry cola, baking
spices, forest floor and sawdust. Richly appointed array of dark red and black fruit flavors with a nice spice
accent. The fruit is vivid with good weight and presence. Very polished with admirable balance.