Jackson Estate Outland Ridge Pinot Noir 2017$43.00Add to cart
Wild strawberry jam aromatics with smoky, briary and raspberry flavors, finished with a burst of blueberry. Cultivated on Mendocino County's Anderson Valley’s high eastern ridge, this remote vineyard is full of chunky, broken rock in thin, powdery soil similar to a Goldridge classification. The Jackson Estate Outland Ridge 2017 Pinot Noir's vines strain to cling to the ridgelines yet produce deep profoundly complex and age worthy wines.
Jayson by Pahlmeyer Pinot Noir 2018$56.00Add to cart
The Jayson 2018 Pinot Noir is rich with a juicy texture. Aromas of root beer and candied marasca cherries lead to subtle notes of cinnamon, vanilla bean and custard. The mouthfeel is concentrated and expansive mid-palate. A youthful acidity brightens the palate, then finishes velvety smooth. This is a fruit-driven, hedonistic, approachable Pinot Noir.
La Crema Pinot Noir 2014, Anderson Valley$39.00Add to cart
The Anderson Valley AVA is considered by many to be one of the premier growing regions for Pinot Noir in California and wines from the area exude unique characteristics. Located near the cool influence of the Pacific Ocean, Anderson Valley offers a diverse range of geography from the valley floor broken up by meandering rivers to mountains that rise to over 1600 feet sitting above the fog line. This Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from two of our estate vineyards. Maggy Hawk in the cool “deep end” of the valley is one of the last vineyards before the Pacific Ocean and benefits from the proximity to the maritime influence. Skycrest Vineyard is situated within the warmer Eastern section of the valley and sits at a much higher elevation. Both vineyard sites benefit from unique soils comprised of weathered sandstone which moderates vine vigor and allow for excellent drainage. Clones for this wine include 115, 667, 777, and 828.
Aromas of black currant, rose petal, and cedar box are followed by flavors of blackberry, red cherry and forest floor. On the palate, the wine exudes concentrated flavors and silky tannins. This wine loves a burger with pickled onions, smoked cheeses, herbed roast chicken (or classic coq au vin!), pizza with sun-dried tomatoes and crab-stuffed mushrooms.
Mer Soleil Pinot Noir 2017, Santa Lucia Highlands$50.00Add to cart
Grapes for the Mer Soleil Pinot Noir 2017 come from vineyards in the southern and middle sections of the Santa Lucia Highlands, whose diversity enables them to create a more layered wine. With the alluring color of dark plum, this wine features scents of ripe cherries with cocoa, pomace, blueberry, toasted wood and a soft, powdery whiff of old-fashioned lipstick. The palate is all about texture – entry is soft, with a round, complete quality. Flavors of cherry cobbler mingle with cola notes and hints of anise. Tannins are structured yet extremely fine, providing a lush, lingering mouth feel. On the finish, a wisp of acidity adds balance and freshness, a reminder of this wine’s origins in a cool, coastal region of California.
Miura Pinot Noir 2017, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA$38.00Add to cart
Born in the United States, but raised in Spain and England, Emmanuel Kemiji is a graduate of the University of California at Davis. After a remarkable career as a Master Sommelier, Emmanuel Kemiji took his passion for wine to the vineyards in 1995.The name Miura is derived from Don Eduardo Miura, the most famous breeder of Spanish fighting bulls and a name synonymous with nobility, boldness, and power. The Miura Pinot Noir 2017 bottle is unique, sporting an etched image of a red-eyed bull rather than a paper label. From the Mission Ranch we get an extremely luscious and full-bodied fruit that oozes with strawberry and raspberry fruit. From the cooler Silacci Vineyard we get a more perfumed and brighter fruit with pleasant earth tones underneath.
Nielson Pinot Noir 2014, Santa Maria Valley$31.00Add to cart
The Santa Maria Valley-of Santa Barbara County- is one of California’s coolest AVAs, with one of the longest growing seasons in the world. The region is defined by its well-drained, lean soils and the unique east/west transverse mountain ranges that act as a funnel for morning fog and cold afternoon winds off the Pacific Ocean, resulting in balanced, vibrant wines, full of earth, spice, red fruit and floral aromatics. Each vineyard, block, and clone were separated in the winemaking process to best maximize each lot’s distinctive character. The goal is to best express the complexity of Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir which delivers notes of dark cherry, cinnamon and camp fire. The 2014 Nielson Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley has notes of red fruit and violets accompanied by a distinctive earthiness, indicative of its Santa Maria Valley sourcing.
Noria Pinot Noir 2017, Russian River Valley, Michael Valentine Vineyard$47.00Add to cart
Nori Nakamura first learned about fine wine at his uncle’s Italian restaurant in Tokyo. Fulfilling his dream he enrolled in the viticulture program at UC Davis where he graduated in 2002. Subsequently, he has gone on to become assistant winemaker at Koves-Newlan, Pine Ridge Vineyards & Artesa and head winemaker at Jamison Ranch and currently at Larson Family Winery. He created Noria Wines to make wines that paired well with Japanese cuisine – and they do, as well as many other foods.
The 2017 Noria Pinot Noir Russian River, Michael Valentine Vineyards features Intense aromas of raspberry, violet, a hint of dark cherry, rose-petal, and seductive bouquets of cedar, white pepper, and caramel. Fragrant entry. Stylish, refreshing red berry flavor quickly expands on the palate. Vibrant acidity and silky mouth feel melt into an elegant, long finish. A hint of sweet oak and spice notes add nuance and complexity. Pure and delicate. Enjoy with sushi. Shabu-shabu and braised lamb shank.
Noria Pinot Noir 2018, Sangiacomo Vineyard, Sonoma Coast$43.00Add to cart
Pinot noir made to pair with delicate dishes made from fresh, seasonal ingredients
Delectable aromas of raspberry, cherry, rose petal, and a hint of strawberry as well as attractive bouquets of cedar, caramel, and anise. Dazzling red berry flavor expands on the palate. Supple acidity and refined tannins lift the mid-palate and provide the exquisite mouthfeel with finesse and depth. A nuance of elegant oak notes adds a touch of spiciness and tension to the delightful finish. Sensual and transparent. The Sangiacomo Pinot pairs well with Sukiyaki, Roasted duck & pork and Pasta with fresh tomato sauce.
Pali Huntington Pinot Noir 2017, Santa Barbara$29.00Add to cart
Named after owners’, Tim Perr and Scott Knight, coastal hometown of Pacific Palisades (Pali for short), located on the west side of Los Angeles, the wine bears the name of a Pacific Palisades neighborhood – Huntington.
Brilliant deep red/garnet color. Nose shows fresh cherries, strawberry, baking spices, toasted oak and hints of bacon fat. The palate gives up dark red fruit flavors, earthy mushrooms and loads of spices finishing with warm notes of vanilla and coffee. Silky texture on a medium-weighted palate with perfumed flavors that permeate up to the nose. Lively, visceral and brooding.
“This bottling is one of the most reliably delicious Pinot Noirs for less than $30 each vintage, and this year is one of the best. Warm, even buttery aromas of brioche, strawberry jam and baking spice prove immensely inviting, leading into an approachable yet complex palate where fruit-punch flavors are lifted by clove, tart plum skins and vanilla on the finish.” Editor’s Choice – 92 Points – Wine Enthusiast
91 Points – Wine Spectator
Pedroncelli Pinot Noir 2017, Russian River Valley$21.00Add to cart
Aromas of rose petals, pomegranate and a touch of nutmeg greet the nose. A velvety light body embraces the hints of strawberry and plum fruit with spicy toasted oak notes. The wine has bright acidity, a smooth long finish and is balanced with mild tannins. An elegant and tasteful Pinot Noir.
Portalupi Pinot Noir 2016, Dolinsek Ranch, Russian River Valley$59.00Add to cart
In 1996, Jim Dolinsek purchased the 10.5 acres property located on Laguna road that was then planted with apples and grapes. Jim’s father coincidently used to pick cherries on the ranch in the 30’s. The ranch was originally planted by the Frati family which included Old Vine Zinfandel. The vineyard has a rich Italian history of making field-blends including Alicante bouschet, teraldago, tempranillo, golden chasselas, black muscat and mouverde. The soil is the rich Russian River Valley Gold Ridge soil that provides complexity and muscle to the wines.
Tim Borges of Portalupie Winery has known Jim and his brother for over 30 years and had the good fortune to start working with Dolinsek Ranch with the first vintage of Zinfandel in 2009. In 2013, Portalupi started purchasing the entire crop of Pinot Noir. Portalupi has been producing award winning Old Vine Zinfandel and Pinot Noir since.
Baked bread and compost aromas compete with oak toastiness and ripe dark cherry in this wine, which veers into a beautiful velvety mouthfeel.
Root and Rubble Pinot Noir 2018, Sonoma County$42.00Add to cart
Winemaker Adam Lee has made Pinot Noir for 35 years from just about every distinguished vineyard in California and many in Oregon. His winemaking skills are unimpeachable so now, having passed the winemaking baton on to Matt Revelette at Siduri, he is trying all the things that may not have gotten past the accountant’s green eye shades in the past.The Root & Rubble Pinot Noir 2018 PInot Noir, Sonoma County, concrete block is a case in point. It is fermented and aged in concrete. For six months no less. No oak. No stainless steel. Just the semi-permeable nature of 1,200 gallon square tanks permitting a hint of oxygenation through their structure. He was fussy about the choice of clones and chose 828 and Martini 23 on account of their thick skins.
The inspiration for this particular experiment was a trip to Châteauneuf-du-Pape where Adam saw the practice being used for Grenache. It is even more extensively used than that. The results are a light wine with a perfumey bouquet, fruit-driven flavors expressing the pure flavors of the grapes, and a long finish of charm and finesse.
In the meantime drink this wine now. It is intentionally crafted for early consumption.
“It is with great excitement that I share with you the first vintage of Root & Rubble – a Sonoma County Pinot Noir 100% fermented and aged entirely in square concrete tanks. The inspiration for Root & Rubble came to me during a recent trip to France’s renowned Chateauneuf-du-Pape region. I noticed many of the producers comparing Grenache to Pinot Noir, which they age in square concrete tanks as opposed to the traditional oak barrels. “What if Pinot Noir was aged in concrete tanks, not barrels?” was the very thought I kept coming back to. Fermenting Pinot Noir in concrete is not that unusual, but both fermenting and aging in concrete is nearly unheard of. So, the idea of an experiment emerged. As they say, where there is a will there is a way, and finding a concrete tank locally brought this dream to reality, with the tank arriving at the winery just before the first grapes from the 2018 harvest arrived. The 2018 vintage was sourced from the Barbieri Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. Typically used for blending, clone 828 was selected for its thicker skins and strong tannin presence, letting the wine stand on its own. It is truly a pure expression of Pinot Noir – with no influence from oak – only the character of the grape, of the place, and of the concrete.” Adam Lee, (Siduri Winery) 90 Points Jeb Dunnuck, 91 Points Vinous