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2021 Testarossa Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.56, TA 0.645, RS .04%, 3,700 cases, $55. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 39% new. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of oak-kissed cherry, baking spices and rose petal. Straight-forward and easy drinking with a core of wood-fired cherry and berry framed by soft, silky tannins and bright acidity. Oak plies the background in a complimentary manner. The finish is short but accommodating. Score: 89. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2021 Testarossa Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.19, TA 0.792, RS .05%, 288 cases, $57. Release February 2023. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Welcoming aromas of dark cherry, pomegranate, vanilla and a hint of toast. A flood of delicious dark stone and purple berry fruits greet the palate. and really pops. The bright acidity reflects its SRH origins.The intense fruitiness carries through an impressive finish. Oak plays a very subordinate role in this wine. Score: 92. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2021 Testarossa Rancho La Viña Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.25, TA 0.787, RS . 07%), 192 cases, $76. 15-year-old vines. 100% clone 115. Grapes were 100% de-stemmed and fermented in stainless steel. Aged 11 months in French oak barrels, 53% new. · Dark garnet color in the glass. Exuberant aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, cola, and oak-driven spice and smoke. On the palate, the flavors echo the aromas. This broad-shouldered wine acquires interest over time in the glass as it sheds some of its sumptuous oak The finish is modestly long with a sweet and sour stamp. Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2021 Testarossa Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

240 cases, $76. Release February 2022. 25-year-old vines. 100% de-stemmed and fermented in stainless steel. Aged 11 months in French oak barrels, 50% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. The woodsy nose offers fruit aromas of blackberry and blueberry. A mid-weight styled wine with a darker fruit profile than is usually present in Pinot Noir from Rosella’s vineyard (typically red fruit predominates). There is a discrete richness of purple berry flavor backed by suede tannins. The wine is quite tasty and although it lacks mid-palate generosity, the wine finishes on a high note with good length. Score: 91. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2021 Testarossa Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.25, TA 0.792, RS .05%, 528 cases, $76. Release August 2023. · Similar to the 2020 vintage of this wine but more backward and needs some time in the cellar. Dark garnet color in the glass. Aromas of darkest cherry, spice box and barnyard are appealing but slow to come to the fore. Mid-weight plus flavors of boysenberry, blackberry and pomegranate have discreetly concentrated richness that carry over to a very long and sleek finish. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2021 Testarossa Tondré Grapefield Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.18, TA 0.81, RS . 07, 504 cases, $76. Release December 2022. 12-year-old vines in a SIP Certified vineyard. Aged 11 months in French oak barrels, 70% new. · Dark garnet color in the glass. Aromas of blackberry, baking spice and toasty oak lead to a mid-weight plus styled wine with a bounty of blueberry and blackberry fruit. A masculine wine, with heavyweight fruit that coats the tongue. Succulent rather than complex and not for those seeking Pinot delicacy. Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2020 Testarossa Cuvée Los Gatos Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.50, TA 0.67, RS .07%, 2,932 cases, screw cap, $32. Released May 2022. The entry level offering. Grapes are sourced from Monterey County AVA sustainable vineyards. Aged 16 months in stainless steel and 11% new French oak barrels. · Light garnet color in the glass., A fruity nose featuring aromas of red cherry, strawberry and complimentary oak. Light and gentle in the mouth with a core of oak-kissed cherry fruit framed by gossamer tannins.Good freshness with a bright, slightly tart cherry drop finish. Score: 88. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2020 Testarossa La Rinconada Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.27, TA 0.644, RS 07%, 380 cases, $74. Released May 2022. 23-year-old vines, Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CCSW). 67% Pommard 4 clone, 33% Mount Eden clone. Grapes were 100% de-stemmed and fermented in stainless steel. Aged 19 months in French oak barrels, 57% new. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Very alluring perfume of warm cherry pie with spicy a la mode. The essence of red and dark red cherry and raspberry is long in the mouth and infused with tasty spice. Refined in character with bright acidity, agreeable tannins, and a compliment of oak. This wine is simply outstanding. Score: 94. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2020 Testarossa Rincon Vineyard Arroyo Grande Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.59, TA 0.592, RS . 03%, 432 cases, $74. Released August 2022. 35-year-old vines grown in a SIP Certified vineyard. Clones 2A, 667 and 115. 100% de-stemmed, fermented in stainless steel. Aged 21 months in French oak barrels, 60% new. · Dark garnet color in the glass. A vigorous nose arrives over time in the glass revealing striking aromas of blackberry, spice, and forest. A spirited wine with exuberant flavors of black cherry, black raspberry, blackberry, black licorice and spice. Flat-out delicious with a measured use of oak, a well-proportioned tannic backbone, snd a follow-through of uncommon tenaciousness. Score: 94. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2020 Testarossa Rosemary’s Vineyard Arroyo Grande Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.56, TA 0.533, RS .06%, 384 cases, $74. Released June 2022. 100% 667 clone. 33-year-old vines in a SIP Certified vineyard. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels, 56% new. 100% clone 667. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Vivid aromas of well-spiced cherry and easy oak. Well-crafted and charming in a mid-weight style, with a caressing mouthfeel and generous flavors of black cherry, black raspberry, cocoa, and toasty oak. The tannins are refined making for good approachability. Very slick mouthfeel. Not a blockbuster but a seductive wine. I rarely encounter a 100% 667 clone wine that is this complete. Score: 95. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2020 Testarossa Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.38, TA 0.656, RS .05%, 648 cases, $74. Released April 2022. 12-year-old vines. CCSW vineyard. 100% de-stemmed, fermented in stainless steel. Aged 17 months in French oak barrels, 56% new. · Dark garnet color in the glass. The woodsy nose is replete with aromas of potting soil, woodpile, peat and blackberry fruit. Mid-weight plus in style, with a rich core of pomegranate, purple and black berry fruits framed by gracious tannins for easy approachability. Impeccable harmony with a velvety texture and welcome persistence on the gloriously-fruited finish. Still gorgeous when tasted two days later from a previously opened bottle. Score: 95. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2020 Testarossa Niclaire California Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.40, TA 0.644, RS .08%, 615 cases, $100. Released June 2022. The winemaker’s choice of the best barrels in the cellar. Sourced from multiple vineyards including Sanford & Benedict (35%), La Rinconada (15%), Rincon (15%). Rosemary’s (8%), Brousseau (4%), and new oak barrel. A sexy wine that is Rancho La Vina (4%). 100% de-stemmed, fermented in stainless steel. Aged 17 months in French oak barrels, 65% new. · Dark garnet color in the glass. Haunting aromas of black cherry, raspberry, sous bois and new oak. Discreet intensity of flavor in a mid-weight style, offering flavors of dark red cherry, red raspberry, strawberry, and spice. Flawless, with a very sleek mouthfeel and spot-on integration of tannins and acidity. Very well-mannered now and easy to like, but has the balance to rest in the cellar for even more enjoyment in years to come. This is the winemaker’s best effort and it shows. Score: 96. WINERY » ARTICLE »


From Salty Goats Wine Company

2021 Salty Goats Coastline Project West Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 265 cases, $60. A blend of a Fort Ross-Seaview vineyard and Annapolis vineyard. The Fort Ross-Seaview vineyard was planted in 2002 3.5 miles from the Pacific Ocean at an elevation of 1000 feet. Selections planted are Calera and Schoolhouse. The Annapolis vineyard was planted in 2005 and sites at an elevation of 1,200-1,600 feet 5 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. Soil is Goldridge sandy loam. Clones are 115 and faux 828. Native yeast fermentation in stainless steel, 14 days on the skins, 25% whole cluster. Aged 12 months in French oak barrels, 20% new. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Aromas of purple and black berry compost along with a crisp ocean breeze perfume. Mid-weight plus in style, with discretely rich flavors of blueberry and boysenberry, and a slightly confected raspberry note. Fresh, with balancing tannins, and a deft hint of oak, some savory earthiness, and finishing with good fruit richness along with the slightest astringency. Score: 91. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2021 Salty Goats Fort Ross-Seaview West Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., 150 cases, $75. The Fort Ross-Seaview vineyard was planted in 2002 and organically farmed by Greg Adams and his team. The site is located at 900 feet elevation and surrounded by a redwood forest protecting the vineyard from coastal winds. Soil is hard sandstone and quartz. Selections are Calera and Schoolhouse. Native yeast fermentation in stainless steel, 14 days on the skins and 35% whole cluster. Aged 12 months in French oak barrels, 25% new. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Reserved aromas of black raspberry, boysenberry, earthy flora, and a hint of toasty oak. Similar to the Coastline Project but with more charm, a longer finish, and more appealing acidity on the finish that gives the wine lift and energy. The wine is packed with spiced dark cherry and raspberry flavors and there is an interesting saltiness. This wine is still very young and will need a few years in the cellar to fully reach full acclaim. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »


From Three Sticks Wines

2020 Three Sticks Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., pH 3.50, TA 0.64, 490 cases, $75. Released August 2022. Clones 115, 667, 943, and Swan and Calera selections. 10% whole cluster. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 55% new. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Invigorating aromas of dark pie cherries, garrigue, and complimentary oak. The palate echoes the nose with added flavors of black grapes and brown spices. No rough edges with refreshing acidity leading to a satisfying finish that lingers appealingly. Score: 92. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2020 Three Sticks Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., pH 3.48, TA 0.66, 872 cases, $75. Rochioli and Swan selection, and 115, faux 828, 667 and 777 clones. 20% whole cluster. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 56% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. The aromas of darker cherry and berry and earthy flora arrive over time in the glass. The gorgeous core of deeply-flavored dark cherry and berry fruit has a slightly confected tone. Richly fruited, reflecting the typical Gap’s sine quo non, yet with refined backing tannins. Not as big as some vintages of Gap’s Crown Pinot Noir but a solid wine in its own right. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2020 Three Sticks Walala Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., pH 3.49, TA 0.66, 432 cases, $75. Always a stunning wine from a vineyard perched high in the northwestern Sonoma Coast, six miles from the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline. The most isolated of the Three Sticks Estate vineyards. Released August 2022. Clones 115 and 113. 20% whole cluster. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 52% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. The welcoming aromas of black cherry, cocoa and sous-bois lead to a mid-weight melange of black cherry and boysenberry fruits that are flamboyant. A glamorous wine with inviting finesse and cool-climate refinement. Better and better when sampled over the following two days from a previously opened bottle. This special vineyard always delivers outstanding wines. Score: 95. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2020 Three Sticks William James Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., pH 3.52, TA 0.65, 424 cases, $75. Released August 2022. Clones Swan, Calera and 943. 20% whole cluster. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 52% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Bright aromas of darker cherry, graham, toast, and dried thyme. A well-spiced love letter with a long kiss of cherry on the mid-weight palate. Good acidity, calm tannins, with a lengthy finish. Plenty of oak sheen in this wine will determine your pleasure depending on your preferences. Score: 91. WINERY » ARTICLE »


From Kutch Wines

2021 Kutch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 625 cases, $42. Release January 10, 2023. Composed of select barrels from each of Kutch’s vineyard sources. 50% whole cluster and indigenous yeast fermentation. Aged in used French oak barrels and bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Very nice, fresh perfume of bright Bing cherry, floral goodness and earth. Mid-weight red and black cherry fruits are supported by bright acidity, a tag of oak and mild tannins. Silky in the mouth and satisfying. This wine has many of the same traits as the Kutch single vineyard wines in this vintage. Score: 91. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2021 Kutch Bohan Graveyard Block Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 100 cases, $54. Release July 11, 2023. A 1- acre block of Bohan Vineyard marked by a tombstone dating to 1875. Located 1,500 feet elevation 3.05 miles inland from the Pacific coastline. The vines are own-rooted, head-trained, and raised without irrigation. The soil in this block is distinctly rocky in a base of sandstone.100% de-stemmed and fermented with indigenous yeast. Aged in used French oak barrels and bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Dark garnet color in the glass. A mysterious nose offering aromas of wine cave, animale, chalk, and a dark berry medley. The richly appointed dark fruit core is well-spiced and accented with a hint of herbs. Somewhat primal and intriguing with a healthy tannic backbone and quenching acidity on the finish. This wine totally captured my interest when sampled the following day from a previously opened bottle. Score: 95. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2021 Kutch Bohan Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 175 cases, $54. Release January 10, 2023. This historic vineyard was planted in 1972 at 1,400 feet elevation 3.05 miles from the Pacific coastline. Goldridge soils. 50% whole cluster and indigenous yeast fermentation. Aged in used French oak barrels and bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Lovely aromas of black cherry, dark berries, forest and rose petals. This wine has a unique forest theme underpinning the mid-weight blackberry and pomegranate fruit flavors making it very interesting beyond simple fruitiness. A moderately firm tannic backbone predicts age-ability. Score: 94. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2021 Kutch Falstaff Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 550 cases, $69. Release January 10, 2023. Sandy loam marine soils (Goldridge). Vineyard planted in 1999. 50% whole cluster and indigenous yeast fermentation. Aged in used French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Vibrant aromas of dark cherry and raspberry with a earthy tone and a hint of iodine. Sleek in the mouth with mid-weight flavors of cherry, raspberry and a subtle herbal, woodsy tone. There is noticeably bright acidity with a slinky texture and a decent but not exceptionally long finish. Score: 92. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2021 Kutch McDougall Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 500 cases, $69. Release July 11, 2023. This vineyard is perched high above the fog line at 1010 feet and 3.5 miles from the Pacific coastline and receives more warmth than any of the vineyards Kutch works with. 50% whole cluster and indigenous yeast fermentation. Aged in used French oak barrels and bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Soaring aromas of purple berry, dark rose petals, wood pile, and sous bois. Very charming at a young age with middleweight flavors of purple and black berries and dark chocolate endowed with appealing spice. Redeeming balance is evident but the wine’s nose is its most striking feature. The quenching, very long finish leads to an urge for another sip. Pinot Noir from this vineyard is stellar year in and year out. Score: 94. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2021 Kutch Mindego Ridge Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 500 cases, $69. Release July 11, 2023. A high elevation (925 feet), 10-acre vineyard located 8 miles from the Pacific Ocean owned and farmed by David and Stacy Gollnick. Vineyard planted in 2009. 50% whole cluster and indigenous yeast fermentation. Aged in used French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Plenty of aromatic goodness on the nose with scents of blueberry, dark cherry, cola, and savory herbs. An explosion of dark stone and berry fruit greets the mid-palate, expanding and then saturating a fortuitous finish featuring memorable, spicy fruit. This wine is clearly the best Pinot Noir I have had from this vineyard. A treasure chest of Pinot goodness. Score: 95. WINERY » ARTICLE »


From Modus Operandi Cellars

2021 Modus Operandi Cellars Bacigalupi Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

15.0% alc., 100 cases, $75. Releasing January 2023. Vineyard has been planted and managed for the past 30 years by John Bacigalupi and his family. Harvest Brix 25.0º. 50% clone 777 and 50% clone 667. 100% de-stemmed and fermented in open-top tanks. Aged in French oak barrels, 50% new. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Muted aromas of blackberry jam, pine sap, herb garden and toasty oak. Full-bodied and richly endowed with very ripe purple and black berry fruit flavors framed by silky tannins. Goes down easy, with well-hidden hefty alcohol, and finishes with admirable length. Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2021 Modus Operandi Cellars Gap’s Crown Vineyard Petaluma Gap/Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

15.0% alc., 150 cases, $85. Releasing January 2023. 60% clone 777 and 40% clone faux 828. Harvest Brix 25.7º. 100% de-stemmed and fermented in open-top tanks. Aged in French oak barrels, 50% new. · Dark garnet color in the glass. Muted aromas of well-ripened black cherry, dark rose petals, sous bois and dusty oak. Mid-weight plus in style with a core of boysenberry and black cherry fruit flavors that awaken the senses. The striking finish offers both intensities of fruit flavor and length. The pedigree of this vineyard shows through. The high alcohol peeks out as the wine warms in the glass. Score: 91. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2021 Modus Operandi Cellars UV-Laguna Vineyard Russian River Valley/Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

15.0% alc., 100 cases, $85. Releasing January 2023This vineyard was planted by Ulises Valdez Sr. in 2011. The soil is a unique mix of sand and dense clay known as “Sebastopol Clay.” The Pinot Noir benefits from the moisture trapped in the clay by allowing the grapes to achieve ripeness without excessive water stress during the warm summer months. 50% clone 777 and 50% clone 667. Harvest Brix 26.7º. 100% de-stemmed and fermented in open-top tanks. Aged in French oak barrels, 50% new. · Dark garnet color in the glass. Aromas of black raspberry, dark rose petals and wood shop. A middleweight-crafted wine with a core of cherry cola and baking spice flavors. There is a redder tone to the fruit than other wines in the 2021 lineup. The alcohol is well hidden and the tannins are silky. Score: 92. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2020 Modus Operandi Cellars Silver Eagle Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.25% alc., 50 cases, $85. Current release. This 30-acre vineyard is located north of Occidental in the Green Valley of Russian River Valley AVA. Vosne-Romanée selection. Harvest Brix 25.5º. 100% de-stemmed and fermented in open-top tanks. Aged in French oak barrels, 50% new. · Dark garnet color in the glass. Cooked fruit aromas of blueberry-pomegranate accompanied by some oak vanillin and a slight note of volatile acidity. Full-bodied, with layers of dark purple and black fruit flavors accented by an underlying earthy tone. Silky in the mouth with modest tannins. This wine is ripe fruit driven and with little nuance. Score: 87. WINERY » ARTICLE »


From Woodenhead Vintners

2020 Woodenhead Starbridge Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., pH 3.51, TA 0.66, 161 cases, $66. Since 2010, Summa Vineyard, located on the extreme West Sonoma Coast, and a source for Williams Selyem Pinot Noir in the late 1980s and early 1990s, was sold to Thomas Rivers Brown and the grapes are used for Brown’s Rivers-Marie label. Scott and Joan Zeller, who own a property adjacent to the original plantings at Summa Vineyard, planted the 2-acre Starbridge Vineyard in 2000 using vine grafts for the original vines at adjacent Summa Vineyard. The clones are unknown and Zeller refers to them as the “Summa clones.” In 2020, the Starbridge Vineyard grapes did not suffer smoke taint from the wildfires. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Reserved but appealing aromas of purple grape, incense, forest path, and muddy earth. The dark red cherry fruit core is framed by savory notes of herbs and tobacco. Silky in texture, with very gracious tannins, redeeming acidity, and a persistent finish. Score: 92. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2019 Woodenhead Ritchie Vineyard Martini Clone Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., pH 3.57, TA 0.67, 158 cases, $56. The vines are 47 years old and Woodenhead has been purchasing Pinot Noir from Kent Ritchie since 2010. There are several Pinot Noir blocks in the Ritchie Vineyard: the Cinder Cone is Martini and Pommard clones, another bock is exclusively Swan clone and adjacent is a block solely planted to Martini clone. Most recently, Nikolai has sourced the Martini clone block for its superiority. Often the grapes are blended into the winery’s Russian River Valley bottling or the popular Wet Kiss Pinot Noir but in 2019 the grapes were exceptional. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Very engaging aromas of purple and black berry fruits with a floral accent. Discretely rich in a mid-weight style, with earth- kissed blackberry and black currant fruit flavors. The tannins are well-proportioned and there is admirable length on the dry finish. This wine reflects the typical expression of the Martini clone. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2017 Woodenhead Buena Terra Vineyard E Block Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., pH 3.50, TA 0.653, 154 cases, $70. Gold Medal at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair and California State Fair in 2022. Vines planted in 1994. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Quintessential Russian River Valley Pinot Noir nose offering enticing aromas of Bing cherry, BBQ spice rub, cola, and earthy flora. Bright black cherry, spice, cola, and matcha tea flavors are shadowed with toasty oak. This beauty is expansive through the mid-palate and finish and an inviting cut of acidity brightens the finish. Score: 94. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2017 Woodenhead Ritchie Vineyard “Cinder Cone” Block Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., pH 3.42, TA 0.646, 116 cases, $70. Cinder Block contains both Martini 58 and Pommard 5 clones. There is a total of 910 vines planted in 1972., making it one of the oldest plantings of Pinot Noir in the North Coast. The unique soil consists of two feet of Goldridge loam on top of volcanic cinder cone material. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of black cherry, potpourri, red licorice and a hint of oak. Mid-weight in style, with the striking essence of black cherry and black raspberry fruit that saturates the mid-palate and carries through a remarkably lengthy finish. A thread of oak and earthiness adds interest. Outstanding balance. Score: 94. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2016 Woodenhead Ritchie Vineyard “Cinder Cone” Block Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., $N/A. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. A complex nose offers aromas of black cherry, cocoa, Herbs de Provence, warn leather and toasty oak. On the palate, the wine is taking on an aged, tertiary character. Cherry-driven, with notes of cola and smoke backed by bright acidity. The fruit intensity is modest allowing both tannin and acidity to stick out a small amount. Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »


From Broadley Vineyards Celebrates 35 Vintages

2021 Broadley Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., $23. Released July 2022. A blend of grapes from the Broadley Estate Vineyard, and Malliris, Button Field, Sunny Mountain, and Walnut Ridge vineyards. Aged 9 months in neutral French oak barrels. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Aromas of cherry, raspberry, rose petal and wood spice lead to a lighter-styled wine with flavors that echo the aromas. There is a slight confected tone of red licorice. Silky in the mouth with refreshing acidity and just a hint of oak backing. A solid daily drinker at the right price. Score: 89. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2021 Broadley Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.1% alc., $29.75 (November only). Current release. This wine is composed of a variety of blocks containing older and newer vines. 15% whole cluster fermentation. Aged 11 months in French oak barrels,10% new. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. The earth-bound nose also offers scents of black cherry fruit and red rose petal. There is a plethora of luscious red and black fruits framed by a herbal tone. There are some untamed tannins. The finish is noticeably longer than the WV bottling. Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2021 Broadley Marcile Lorraine Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.1% alc., $46.75 (November only). Current release. This wine is produced each year from the same distinctive block of old vine Pinot Noir (Pommard and Dijon clones). 30% whole cluster fermentation. Aged 11 months in French oak barrels, 20% new. · Dark garnet color in the glass. This mid-weight plus styled wine is clearly a step up in quality. Inviting aromas of blackberry, baking spices, and dark red rose petals. Impressive fullness and length on the mid-palate that features black raspberry and blackberry fruit flavors. The wine’s balance is impeccable and the length of finish is impressive. Score: 93. WINERY » ARTICLE »


From Bluebird Hill Cellars

2019 Bluebird Hill Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., pH 3.78, RS 0, 200 cases, $35. Harvest Brix 22º. Clones 115 and Pommard (37.5%), 777 (20%), and 667 (5%). Aged in French oak barrels, 20% new. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. The nose leads with appealing aromas of well-spiced cherry, blueberry and leather. Light to mid-weight in style, driven by red cherry and red berry flavors with a shadow of oak. An easy, forward drinking wine with a short finish. Score: 89. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2019 Bluebird Hill Cellars Mom’s Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., pH 3.53, RS 0, 200 cases, $54. Harvest Brix 22.1º. 50% Pommard and 25% each 667 and 777. Aged in French oak barrels, 25% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Oak-kissed cherry and blueberry aromas lead off. Cherry-driven in a mid-weight style with a thread of oak. Forward-drinking, with modest tannins, and a decent finish. A satisfying wine but not epic. Score: 91. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2019 Bluebird Hill Cellars South Block Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., pH 3.68, RS 0, 100 cases, $54. Harvest Brix 22.0º. 50% 667, 25% each 115 and 777. Aged in French oak barrels, 25% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Aromas of cherry, dried herbs and graham lead to a middleweight-styled wine featuring red and blue berry fruit flavors with a touch of spice. Very welcoming with a silky mouthfeel and a noticeably long finish. The pick of the 2019 vintage litter. Score: 92. WINERY » ARTICLE »

2019 Bluebird Hill Cellars Zenith Vineyard Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., pH 3.61, RS 0, 100 cases, $54. Harvest Brix 22.2º. 50% Pommard and 50% 777. Aged in French oak barrels, 20% new. · Light garnet color in the glass. Aromas of red cherry, woodpile, and oak spice. A delicate wine with a lighterweighted gist of cherry fruit. Nicely balanced, with gentle tannins and a modest finish. Score: 90. WINERY » ARTICLE »


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