Balletto Pinot Noir 2018, Russian River Valley$25.00
Balletto Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2018 exhibits everything you would expect from a serious pinot. It combines full and captivating aromatics with a delicate texture that defines the Balletto style of Pinot Noir. The wine itself is full of contradictory forces: it’s weighty with a luscious mid-palate, but also surrounded by notable tannins and acidity that keep it focused, balanced and taut. It has plenty of dark fruit, but it’s also layered with savory earth and spices that offset it. The overall impact is complex, impressive and delicious. The 2018 Balletto Russian River Valley Pinot Noir was grown on seven different estate pinot vineyards. The sites range from quiet rolling hills to steep and cold hillside plantings. This diverse combination adds distinct elements from each site and creates a complex wine with structure and grace.
Banshee Pinot Noir 2018$35.00
This is the most important wine in the Banshee lineup, and they treat it as such. The 2018 edition is an exciting, yet friendly wine, bursting at the seams with aromas of macerated wild berries and an elegant, soft earth undertone. The flavors combine both sweet and tart, reminiscent of Santa Rosa plums and wild blackberries that grow so commonly in Sonoma Wine Country. The finish is bright, slightly herbal, and savory making this an excellent food wine, as well as a charming drinking experience by itself.
Belle Glos Pinot Noir 2018, Los Alturas Vineyards, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA$59.00
Probably better known for their wildly popular Meiomi Pinot Noir, Belle Glos makes a wonderful single vineyard Pinot from the Los Alturas Vineyard in the Santa Lucia appellation. Located in one of the highest-plantable sites in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County, this pristine bench offers the Las Alturas Vineyard cool, coastal days with consistent sunshine and a foundation of Gloria sandy loam soil. When planting this 15-acre vineyard, they matched various Pinot Noir clones to individual slopes and soil attributes of the land. Yields are deliberately kept low in order to preserve the fruit intensity these clonal choices provide. The Belle Glos Pinot Noir 2018, Los Alturas Vineyard starts off with a deep ruby red color and intriguing aromas of sun-warmed blackberries, ripe plums, with hints of black licorice. A complexity of dark berry fruits unfold on the palate; blackberries and bing cherries along with dark chocolate flavors. Vanilla and cedar oak undertones on the mid-palate further enhance the wine. The overall impression is rich with refined tannins, firm acidity and explosive layers of ripe fruit.
Beresini Pinot Noir 2014, Black Dog Ranch, Carneros$42.00
The delicious 2014 Pinot Noir Carneros, Napa Valley is made from 3 clones of Pinot Noir – the Swann clone, the Calera clone and the Martini clone. The Beresini 2014 Pinot Noir shows classic Carneros Pinot notes of red cherry, earth and cranberry. This wine is medium weight with crisp acidity and bright red fruits followed by earthy/mint tones.
Champ de Reves Pinot Noir 2015, Anderson Valley$42.00
As a winegrowing region, there is no other Pinot Noir AVA in America that has more potential than Anderson Valley in Mendocino. The features of the valley are a Mecca for the cultivation of Pinot: here one finds daily, cooling maritime influence, dramatic geological contours with high mountains on either side of the valley, rocky soils and a mix of classic California flora and trees. The Champ de Reves spectacular vineyard is perched high above Boonville in the hills of Anderson Valley, just 18 miles from the Pacific coastline.
The Champ de Reves 2015 Pinot Noir, Sable Mountain shows complex aromas of raspberry, smoked meat, juniper berry, sage, and cigar box. The palate exhibits flavors of strawberry, huckleberry, caramel, white pepper and Assam tea. Plush entry and fruit-driven mid-palate lead into a prodigious but finely knit tannin backbone.
Domaine Drouhin Cuvee Laurene Pinot Noir 2017, Dundee, Willamette Valley, Oregon$75.00
French Soul, Oregon Soil. That's how Domaine Drouhin characterizes itselt. Their estate winery in the Dundee Hills of Oregon, creates elegant, fine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines forged from the family's tradition of fine winemaking in France. Named after Véronique Drouhin's elder daughter, Laurène is their flagship wine, and is produced entirely from Pinot Noir grown on the family's estate in the Dundee Hills.In recent years, Laurène has been named one of the “Great Wines of America” by Paul Lukacs in his book of the same name and “perennially one of Oregon's best wines” by Portland Monthly Magazine. The 2017 Laurène is an essay in balance. Its color is both brilliant red and deep ruby. The nose is baked fig, rhubarb and pomegranate. On the palate, the texture is both light & viscous, with mouth coating tannins, and flavors of spice & ripe raspberries with a touch of tartness. The exceptionally long finish leaves you with sweet, lush fruit & wonderfully bright layers. While intensely woven now, a couple years of cellaring, or decanting, will reveal silk, elegance and an expressive depth of texture. Enjoy now, and over the next 8-10 years.
Domaine Roy 2017 Maison Roy “Incline” Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley$60.00
The winery began in 2012 with Marc-André Roy and Jared Etzel who continue in their fathers’ footsteps who partnered to establish Beaux Freres Winery in 1991. The winery focuses on wine from two estate vineyards in the Dundee Hills and Carlton under the Domaine Roy et Fils label, and wines from non-estate fruit is labeled Maison Roy et Fils. The 2017 Maison Roy & fils Petite Incline is comprised of a blend of vineyards from the Dundee Hills & Yamhill Carlton. The Domaine Roy Petite Incline 2017, Willamette Valley is a selection of barrels that show the earliest accessibility and allow for prime drinking on release. The color is lighter, the tannins are soft and the wine is quite floral. The aromatics present red berries, mint and dried herbs while the palate shows ripe red fruit and a round lighthearted profile that will provide optimal drinking for the next 5-6 years. 90 Points Wine Enthusiast. Enjoy with Roasted Salmon – another great coming from the northwest!
Dutton Estate Pinot Noir 2015, Karmen Isabella, Russian River$40.00
Vintage to vintage consistency and representing the Russian River Valley terroir are the hallmarks of the Dutton Estate Karmen Isabella Pinot Noir 2015. Beginning with a red brilliant hue in the glass, you’ll be further enticed by the intense aromas of raspberry, Bing cherry, tart cranberry, and delicate rose petals. The entry is bright and supple with red currant and wild strawberries intermingling with pomegranate, plum, and orange rind. The finish is long with a kiss of French vanilla. Enjoy it now or store for the next four to seven years. 1026 cases produced. 92 Points – Planet Grape, Publisher’s Pick and California Grapevine – “Fragrant, floral, seductive, bright, raspberry and cherry fruit aroma with hints of rose petals and Asian spices; medium body, crisp, elegant, nicely balanced, red fruit flavors with bright acidity and a silky mouthfeel. Very highly recommended.”
Emeritus Pinot Noir 2016, Hallberg Ranch$55.00
The 2016 Hallberg Ranch Pinot is pure, elegant, layered and complex. Its purity and elegance come from our unique dry-farming methods, which allow the grapes to develop beautifully full flavors without becoming overripe. As a result, each clone provides unique flavors and textures to the final wine. Reminiscent of a warm black cherry tart dusted with cinnamon, this wine carries hints of caramelized sugar and freshly toasted almonds. You can enjoy a lovely layered complexity thanks to the 11 different clones of Pinot Noir planted throughout Hallberg Ranch, blended and bottled.
Fess Parker Pinot Noir 2018, Santa Rita Hills$34.00
The Fess Parker Pinot Noir 2018, Santa Rita Hills starts with hints of nutmeg and dusty minerals. The palate deftly balances density with lifted acidity, carrying flavors of roasted cherry and root beer spice. 10% Pinot Noir. 91 Points Wine Enthusiast.
Fiddlehead Pinot Noir “Seven Twenty-Eight” 2013, Fiddlestix Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Santa Barbara USA$44.00
Named after the mile marker of the Estate Fiddlestix Vineyard, 7.28, on Santa Rosa Road, which is smack dab in the middle of the glorious Santa Rita Hills AVA and sandwiched by the Santa Rosa Hills to the south and the Santa Rita Hills to the north. This wine reflects the cool climate influence on Fiddlestix fruit and is a blend of all six clones planted in this Vineyard. The terroir always gives forth to great color, fabulous spicy aromatics, broad textures, a juicy mid-palate and sassy acidity, and produces a wine saturated with the essence of smoky, black cherry cola. It's incredibly true to Pinot noir, true to its roots and always aged in the bottle prior to release for your ultimate enjoyment. Fiddlestix Vineyard delivers every time!
Foxen Pinot Noir Block 8 2016, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley$68.00
Rich nose; smooth and silky juicy bing cherries and raspberry; mellow, lush and ripe with tangy acidity and lovely structure; elegant, long and racy with a long, pure finish. An incredible, profound Pinot Noir, Foxen's 2016 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard Block 8 was completely destemmed and aged 17 months in 50% new French oak. Its deep ruby color is followed by sensational notes of sweet cherries, black raspberries, crushed flowers and a touch of licorice. Medium to full-bodied, layered and multi-dimensional, with seamless texture, this is California Pinot Noir at its finest. Drink it any time over the coming 7-8 years. “A powerful, structured wine, the 2016 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard Block 8 is literally bursting at the seams with explosive energy. A host of savory herbs, smoke, licorice and tobacco open up in the glass, but this is a wine to put a way for a few years, as the elements still need time to come together. The firm, grippy finish and the wine's overall delineation are both striking.” — Antonio Galloni – 95 points