Tag: Pinot Noir

Castello di Amorosa Cresta d’Oro Vineyard Rosato di Pinot Noir 2020, California



Pale salmon in color.

Light nose of lemons, light strawberries, citrus, limes, river rocks, green apples, sea salt and earth.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with raspberries, strawberries, limes, grapefruits, bitter herbs, spices, light earth, green apples and minerals.

Nice length on the finish with limes.

This is a very enjoyable Rosé from Russian River Valley. Nicely balanced, crisp and refreshing. Light and engaging without being bitter nor tart.

This Single Vineyard is showing nice complexity already. Easy drinking and good by itself.

Gets earthier as it opens up with an old world feel (30 minutes).

Good by itself or with food. A tasty wine that I enjoyed all by itself by the pool.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$35.

Belden Barns Wines Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir 2019, California



Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim, and medium plus intensity.

Fruity nose of bing cherries, strawberries, raspberries, spices, oak, light barnyard, earth, vegetables, herbs and tobacco leaf.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with raspberries, cherries, oak, spices, chocolates, vegetables, bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Pinot Noir from Sonoma. Easy drinking and good by itself or with food.

Nicely balanced with a soft mouthfeel. Spicy and fruit forward.

Would be nice to revisit it in a couple of years.

Good right out of the bottle and gets earthier as it opens up. A good wine to sip on by the porch.

I paired it with cheeses, nuts and olives.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$40.





Castello di Amorosa Morning Dew Ranch Pinot Noir 2018, Anderson Valley, California



Light ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of red candy, bing cherries, raspberries, light wood, licorice, spices, dark chocolates and light black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, raspberries, strawberries, light oak, spices, peppercorn, chocolates and light tobacco leaf.

Long finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley. Showing nice complexity with a soft, smooth mouthfeel.

Good by itself right out of the bottle. Spicy, fruit forward and entertaining. Elegant and easy drinking.

This Single Vineyard Pinot Noir is a good quality wine, that will age nicely in the next five to seven years.

I paired it with different kinds of cheeses.

100% Pinot Noir grapes were aged for 11 months in (53% new) French oak barrels.

13.1% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$75.

Kukeri Wines Pentaluma Gap Lakeville Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019, Sonoma County, California



Reddish in color with medium intensity.

Fruity nose with cherries, ripe strawberries, raspberries, light oak, vegetables, earth and spices.

Medium-bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with raspberries, strawberries, bing cherries, oak, wild flowers, light vanilla, spices, dark chocolates, herbs and peppercorn.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This young Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast is drinking nicely already. Fruit forward and easy drinking. Light and approachable.

This Single Vineyard is showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

After after an hour of airtime, it gets earthier, with some bitter herb notes. Would be nice to revisit it in 2 years.

Good right out of the bottle and good with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A very small production of only 5 barrels.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$42.

Smith Devereux Winery M Vino Rosé 2020, Russian River Valley, California



A very pretty color of light salmon with a peach hue.

Fruity nose of sweet raspberries, limes, red apples, melons, flowers, red candy, rose pedals, earth and herbs.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity, crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with raspberries, strawberries, limes, grapefruits, bitter herbs, earth and light vegetables.

Nice tangy finish with limes and almonds.

This is a very tasty Rosé from Russian River Valley. Smooth and nicely balanced. Elegant with pretty legs.

This Single Vineyard is showing a great mouthfeel with nice acidity. Really enjoyed the nose.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself. A great party wine that everyone would love.

100% Pinot Noir grapes. A very small production of only 125 cases.

13.6% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$36.

Bellingar Estates Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Reserve 2017, Oregon



Light purplish in color with light intensity.

Lovely nose of violets, blueberries, black cherries, sweet strawberries, spices, herbs and black pepper.

Medium bodied and soft, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, raspberries, spices, herbs, light vegetables, earth and black pepper.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice Pinot Noir from Oregon. Nicely balanced with mild complexity. Reminds me of a Santa Barbara Pinot Noir.

Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel. Soft and elegant.

A good porch wine. Good right out of the bottle and better with some airtime (45 minutes). Spicy and interesting.

Good by itself or with food. I gave it a light chill and paired it with light appetizers.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$35.

Bollinger Limited Edition Rosé Champagne 2006, France

This is a delicious Vintage Rosé Champagne from a great vintage.

Showing lots of bread and yeast notes, citrus, over ripen apples, spices, minerals, white pepper, sea salt, light earth and herbs.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity, and nicely integrated small bubbles. Just the way I prefer it.

This 15 year old is very tasty now. Nicely balanced with lots of complexity.

Thank you John for sharing this with me.

Good by itself or with food. I didn’t need anything but a nice glass with it.

12% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

Bee Hunter Wines Elevate Pinot Noir 2017, California



A very pretty ruby in color with a wide brick/ reddish rim.

Fruity nose with cherries, blueberries, vanilla, licorice, oak, spices, light vegetables, herbs and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate and fruit forward with cherries, strawberries, raspberries, light chocolates, spices, light oak, rose pedals, herbs and peppercorn.

Long finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very nice Pinot Noir from California. Easy drinking and well-balanced with a soft mouthfeel.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and good right out of the bottle.

Tangy and fruit forward. Rich and elegant with nice complexity.

I love the fact that it is relatively low in alcohol. A great porch wine.

A good quality wine that will age nicely in the next 5 years.

Grapes are from Mendocino County (68%) and the rest from Sonoma County.

13.2% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$50.

Castello di Amorosa Cresta D’Oro Vineyard Rosato 2019, Russian River Valley, California



Pretty color of light peach with a touch of pink.

Strong nose of light strawberries, wild flowers, rose pedals, peaches, raspberries, limes, citrus, green apples, minerals, white pepper and light grapefruits.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with green apples, lemons, limes, grapefruits, river rocks, light raspberries and light earth.

Crisp finish with limes and almonds.

This is a very tasty Rosé from Russian River Valley. Nice and refreshing. Elegant and fruity, with a really pretty nose.

Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel. Nicely balanced with nice complexity. Fresh and lively.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

100% Pinot Noir grapes from a Single Vineyard, were aged in egg shaped concrete vessels.

13.6% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$39.

Kukeri Wines Russian River Valley Cuvée Ivonne Pinot Noir 2019, California

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of cherries, raspberries, spices, light oak, chocolates, vanilla, licorice and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity. Soft and smooth.

Dry on the palate with bing cherries, strawberries, raspberries, spices, light chocolates, oak, black pepper, licorice and light vanilla.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a tasty Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley. Easy drinking with mild complexity. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Light and airy.

Still young, but already enjoyable, even by itself. Would be nice to see how this evolves in 3 to 5 years.

Good right out of the bottle. I gave it a light chill and paired it with a beautiful view.

100% Pinot Noir grapes were hand picked and aged for 12 months in French oak barrels (30% new). A small production of only 5 barrels made.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$42.