Tag: Pinot Noir

Macrostie Winery and Vineyards Rosé of Pinot Noir 2020, California

Pretty salmon in color with light intensity.

Fruity nose of strawberries, light raspberries, citrus, light green apples, spices and minerals.

Medium-bodied with medium-plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with strawberries, green apples, grapefruits, bitter herbs, spices, light earth and white pepper.

Spicy finish with limes and bitter almonds.

This is an enjoyable Rosé from California. Vibrant and bright.

Refreshing, good by itself and better with food. A good wine to have by the pool, too.

I paired it with a few different cheddar cheeses.

100% Pinot Noir grapes are grown in Sonoma County and Mendocino County.

14.1% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$28.

Castello di Amorosa Sprumante del Castello Brut 2017 Napa Valley, California

Pale lemon in color with a light golden hue.

Soft nose of citrus, lemons, apples, pears, yeast, white pepper, minerals and light spices.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and small bubbles.

Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, green apples, minerals, bread, spices, light yeast and white pepper.

Tangy finish with spices and limes.

This is a great Vintage sparkling wine from Napa Valley. Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel. Shows nice complexity, once it opens up.

Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years. Will age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years.

Needs an hour of airtime to open up properly. As it opens up, more bread and yeast notes show up. Reminds me of a good quality Champagne.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a smoked salmon with heirloom tomatoes, yolk dust and crispy capers.

A blend of 73% Chardonnay and 27% Pinot Noir. Made in the traditional method.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$49.

Campbell Lane Winery StoneRidge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019, Oregon

Light burgundy in color with medium intensity. Pretty color.

Fruity nose with cherries, strawberries, blueberries, light oak, spices, licorice and milk chocolates.

Medium-bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, sweet strawberries, raspberries, spices, light herbs, chocolates and black pepper.

Tangy finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice and fruit forward Pinot Noir from Oregon. Nicely balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food.

Still young, as it was bottled only a few months ago. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 to 5 years, and see how it evolves in the bottle.

This Single Vineyard is tasty, engaging and easy drinking. Good right out of the bottle, and better after 20 minutes of airtime.

A good everyday wine to sip on by the porch. I gave it a light chill and had by the pool, with cheeses and crackers.

100% Pinot Noir grapes were aged in French oak barrels for 10 months.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$36.

The Vice Wines The House Pinot Noir 2019, Napa Valley, California

Reddish in color with light intensity.

Fruity nose with bramble, bing cherries, strawberries, raspberries, light oak, light licorice, vegetables, earth, herbs, light barnyard, black pepper and spices.

Light to medium in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, earth, oak, light vanilla, tobacco, vegetables, black tea, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is an easy drinking Pinot Noir from Napa Valley. Tangy and spicy with lots of fresh red fruits and earth notes, that make it interesting.

Good by itself and better with food. A good every day wine, fresh and juicy.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 30 minutes of airtime.

Would be interesting to try it in a couple of years and see how it evolves.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Great with the prosciutto.

100% Pinot Noir grapes were aged for 3 months in French Oak barrels. Unfiltered

13.8% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$25.

Belle Glos Clark and Telephone 2019 Santa Barbara County, California

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

Sweet nose of black plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates and black pepper.

Full bodied, soft and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked strawberries, spices, oak, vanilla, licorice, tobacco, chocolates, light earth and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice easy drinking red wine from Santa Barbara County. Fruit forward with mild complexity and a nice, smooth mouthfeel.

Good by itself or with food. Good right out of the bottle and better after an hour of airtime.

Pinot Noir for the Cabernet lover. Rich and extracted. Spicy and opulent. Alcohol is already nicely integrated.

I’ve had this wine many times before, but never so young. Surprisingly good at this age and Will be better in 5 years.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$50.

Alexana Winery Revana Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018 Willamette Valley, Oregon

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

On the nose strawberries, bing cherries, raspberries, light wood, earth, light vegetables, spices and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, oak, sweet strawberries, light vanilla, spices, dark coffee, pencil lead, earth, vegetables, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This young Pinot Noir from Oregon is starting to drink nicely now. Showing mild complexity and a soft mouth feel.

Good right out of the bottle and gets earthier as it opens up. Good by itself and better with food.

This Single Vineyard is still young, and would age nicely in the next 7 years. Would be nice to revisit it in 2 to 5 years. Showing great potential.

I paired it with Italian Prosciutto and goat cheese.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$55.

Bee Hunter Wines Docker Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 Mendocino, California

Ruby in color with a wide reddish, cloudy rim.

Fruity nose with sweet raspberries, bing cherries, blueberries, vanilla, light oak, light vegetables, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with black cherries, plums, sweet strawberries, raspberries, spices, light chocolates, earth, black pepper and herbs.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

The six-year-old from Mendocino County, drinks like a fresh wine. Easy drinking right out of the bottle, and very pleasant. A Good quality Pinot Noir.

Fruit forward and rich. Tangy and tasty. Good by itself or with food.

This Single Vineyard is well balanced with nice complexity and a soft mouthfeel.

This Pinot Noir seems to be aging nicely, and will continue to drink well in the next 5 years. Tangy and interesting. A great wine to sip on by the porch.

I paired it with a triple cream Brie cheese with wild mushrooms.

Aged in French oak barrels (30% new) for 2 years.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$60.

Thomas Henry Wines Napa Valley Pinot Noir 2018, California

Ruby in color with medium intensity.

Fruity nose with blueberries, cherries, sweet strawberries, light oak, spices, tobacco, chocolates and black pepper.

Medium-bodied with medium acidity.

Dry and fruity on the palate with currants, plums, cherries, strawberries, light tobacco, coffee, chocolates, bitter herbs, spices, black pepper and earth.

Medium finish with soft tannins.

This is a nice Pinot Noir from Carneros. Easy drinking with a soft mouthfeel. Nice and engaging.

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

A good everyday wine.

I paired it with a gorgeous day by the pool.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

88 Points.

$22.

Girasole Vineyards Pinot Noir 2019, Mendocino County, California

This is a nice and easy drinking Pinot Noir from Mendocino County in California.

Nose of cherries, blueberries, spices, light earth and black pepper.

Medium plus in body and fruit forward with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, currants, sweet strawberries, raspberries, spices and light chocolates.

Nice and good right out of the bottle with a screw top.

Alcohol is nicely integrated and over 14%, so watch out as it is dangerously easy drinking. 😉

Aged in French oak barrels for 8 months.

I had it with cheeses and light appetizers by the lake.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$16.

Scout and Cellar Gallivanti Pinot Noir 2019 North Coast, California

Ruby in color with a wide and cloudy, reddish rim.

Fruity nose with bing cherries, earth, barnyard, light vegetables, smoke and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, smoke, vegetables, spices, earth, peppercorn, bitter herbs and dark coffee.

Short finish with fine-grained tannins and spices.

This is a nice everyday Pinot Noir from the North Coast of California.

Spicy and good right out of the bottle. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Fruit forward and good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

100% Pinot Noir grapes. Unfined and vegan

14% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$24.