Tag: Pinot Noir

Henri Goutorbe “Special Club” Grand Cru Aÿ Brut Champagne 2008, France




Light yellow in color with a golden hue.

Strong nose of yeast, spices, apples, citrus, bread, minerals and white pepper.

Medium plus in body, with small bubbles and medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with citrus, apples, yeast, bread, lemons, earth, minerals and spices.

Medium on the finish with limes and almonds.

This is a nicely aged 14 year old Champagne. Showing great complexity at this point.

Tasty and interesting. Rich, yet elegant. Loved the mouthfeel and the well integrated bubbles.

Nicely balanced right now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Good by itself or with food, and better after 30 minutes of airtime.

I paired it with a delicious grilled Octopus.

A blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. disgorged October 2020.

12% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$90.

Kanpai Wines Mizu No Oto Pinot Noir 2018 Sonoma Coast, California

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim and medium intensity.

Fruity nose of cherries, red currants, light oak, tobacco, spices and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, raspberries, spices, light wood, earth, dark coffee and black pepper.

Tangy finish with fine tannins and raspberries.

This young Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast is already drinking very nicely. Spicy and elegant.

Fruit forward with a nice mouthfeel. Easy drinking and good by itself or with food.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 30 minutes of airtime.
As it opens up, more structure comes in.

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

Paired nicely with the Brie cheese.

13% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$70.

Gaderian Wines Sunset Knoll Vineyard Carneros Pinot Noir 2019, Napa Valley, California


Ruby in color with medium intensity and a reddish rim.

Fruity nose of bing cherries, blueberries, light oak, spices, licorice, light vanilla, tobacco and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, sweet strawberries, spices, herbs, light oak, peppercorn and chocolates.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Pinot Noir from Napa Valley. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Nice and engaging and fruit forward with a nice mouthfeel.

A good quality wine that shows what it is and where it’s from. Smooth and elegant.

This Single Vineyard is easy drinking and good by itself or with food. Good for parties too.

A great wine to have all by itself, which is exactly what I did.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$45.





Foretell Wines Fort Ross-Seaview Pinot Noir 2013 Sonoma County, California



This is a very enjoyable Pinot Noir from Sonoma County.

Dry on the palate with medium acidity.

Showing red fruits with oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, herbs, light vegetables, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Wine Enthusiasts 90 points.

This 8 year old is showing very nicely now. Might have been better a couple of years ago, but I really enjoyed it.

The high alcohol is well integrated by now. Spicy and entertaining. Nicely balanced and tangy.

A good wine to sip on by the porch.

A small production of only 260 cases.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$75.

Big Table Farm Winery Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir 2019, Oregon


Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim and medium intensity.

Strong Nose of bing cherries, red candy, light oak, light earth, Mediterranean spices and milk chocolates.

Medium bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, raspberries, spices, light wood, dark chocolates and black pepper.

Tangy finish with soft tannins and cranberries.

This is a very nice Pinot Noir from Oregon. Easy drinking and pleasant.

A good quality wine. Fruit forward, elegant and fresh tasting.

Still very young and needs a few years in the bottle to bring out more complexity, but already very enjoyable. Showing good potential, and would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

I had the 2017 a couple of years ago, and it is very consistent, although I liked this vintage better.

Good by itself as a sipping wine by the porch. I gave it a light chill and had by the pool. I liked it even better after an hour of airtime.

A small production of only 235 cases.

13.2% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$68.

Krug Brut Champagne 1998, France






Golden in color, very pretty.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and small bubbles.

Dry on the palate with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Showing lots of yeast and bread notes with citrus, limes, green apples, Mediterranean spices, herbs, white pepper and minerals.

Tasting this aged vintage champagnes is always a great experience. I really liked the nose once it opened up.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 30 minutes of airtime, and I liked it better once it warmed up a bit.

Thank you John for sharing this with me.

Paired very well with the caviar and the charcuterie board.

12% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$450.

Topel Winery Orsa Rosé of Pinot Noir 2020, Russian River Valley, California

Pale salmon in color.

Light nose of limes, grapefruits, earth, river rocks, raspberries, minerals and spices.

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

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

Tangy finish with bitter almonds.

This is a nice and refreshing Rosé from Russian River Valley. Tangy and spicy.

Earthier than I expected, and feels like a Rosé from Southern France.

Easy drinking and good for the pool. Good by itself and better with food.

12.8% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$22.

Lucky Rock Wine Co. County Cuvee Pinot Noir 2019, California



Ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, cherries, strawberries, spices and minerals.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry and fruity on the palate with cherries, strawberries, blueberries, dark chocolates and spices.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice and easy drinking Pinot Noir from California. Spicy and tangy.

A nice party wine that I paired with a fatty Brie cheese by the lake.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$22.

Tripantu Pinot Noir Reserve 2019, Chile



Nice reddish in color with medium minus intensity.

Nose of cherries, raspberries, spices, herbs and vegetables.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with raspberries, bing cherries, earth, herbs and spices.

Short finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a nice and easy drinking Pinot Noir from Chile. Simple and good by itself or with food.

Fruit forward right out of the bottle, and gets earthier as it opens up.

I gave it a light chill and had it by the pool.

Aged in French and American oak barrels for 6 months.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

86 points.

$20.

https://wineinsiders.com/wine/2019-tripantu-pinot-noir-reserve-casablanca-valley

Tolosa Winery 1772 Edna Valley Pinot Noir 2018, California


Ruby in color with medium intensity and a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose with bing cherries, red currants, light wood, spices, light earth, herbs and dark coffee.

Medium bodied and soft with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, sweet raspberries, plums, earth, spices, light wood, tobacco leaf, peppercorn and herbs.

Nice length on the finish with soft tannins and red chili pepper.

This is a very enjoyable Pinot Noir from Edna Valley in California. Fruit forward and nicely balanced with an elegant mouth feel.

Gentle and very tasty. Soft, smooth and spicy. Easy drinking and good by itself as a sipping wine.

This three-year-old is showing good potential, and will age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years. Showing nice complexity already.

As it opens up, soft tannins come in and give it good structure.

Grapes come from a Single Vineyard and were aged in French Oak barrels for 9 months (19% new).

I paired it with a cheese plate.

13.4% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$70.