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Calstar Cellars is winemaker's Richard Davis' own label started in 2001. Davis has been a winemaker for over 20 years and has done stints at Flowers Vineyard & Winery, Tandem Winery and two central coast wineries. He is currently the winemaker for Londer Vineyards, Halleck Vineyards and La Czar Vineyards.
He has released a Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir from both Sangiacomo and Halberg Vineyards and a vineyard-designated Pinot Noir from Londer Estate. In 2009, he added River's Edge Vineyard in the Anderson Valley to his Pinot Noir lineup.
The wines are available on the website.
2008 Calstar Sangiacomo Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
15.05% alc., pH 3.42, $35. Aged in 30% new oak (80% French, 20% Hungarian). Winemaker Rick Davis (Londer). · Moderately light in color. Appealing aromas of spiced berry jam on toast which fade some over time in the glass. Tasty essence of red berries with satisfying flavor intensity. Supple tannins, a refreshing grip of acidity and well-integrated alcohol. Good. (Note: I found the wine discounted to $28) Reviewed March 2, 2011 ARTICLE »
2007 Calstar Cellars Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., $22. From winemaker Rick Davis (Londer, Halleck). · The nose starts off bright with aromas of black cherries, red berries, spring herbs and a hint of oak. Over time in the glass, the intensity fades unveiling notes of wet leaves and brioche. Nicely herbed red fruits with discreet richness, soft tannins, and moderate persistence. A workhorse Pinot that is not extraordinary, but has everything in check leading to a pleasant drinking experience that is value-priced to boot. Decent (+) Reviewed February 15, 2010 ARTICLE »
2006 Calstar Cellars Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., $28.50. This is winemaker Richard Davis’s own label. He also makes the wines at Halleck Vineyard and Londer Vineyards. Best of Class winner at the 2008 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition. Sourced from Sangiacomo and Hallberg vineyards. · Bright Bing cherry initially, developing a darker fruit profile with time in the glass. Cherry-driven flavors with a hint of prune, tea and subtle oak. A very satisfying drink that is silky textured and beautifully composed. Not a serious wine, but readily accessible and a good value. Reviewed November 17, 2008 ARTICLE »