Pedroncelli Pinot Noir 2017, Russian River Valley
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.
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St. Gregory Pinot Noir 2015, Mendocino$19.00
This is the 23rd release of the St. Gregory Mendocino Pinot Noir 2015, Mendocino County’s cool climate produces a very elegant and rich style of Pinot Noir with balanced acidity, dark color, full tannins and very fruity flavors. Their style is much more French Burgundy than California. The grapes for this wine come from three truly unique vineyards located within three distinct appellations within Mendocino County. 79% of the blend is from Lost Creek Vineyards owned by Steve Petrucci and is located at the 1,200 foot elevation in the mountainous Yorkville Highlands appellation. 7% is from the Naughty Boy Vineyard located in the high elevation Potter Valley, which is grown next to the headwaters of the Russian River. 14% is Pinotage which is grown by the Gearhart Vineyard which is located in Knights Valley, just south of the Ukiah Valley in Mendocino County.
This wine is dark purple garnet in color and Burgundian in style; with rich, full and attractive aromas/flavors of ripe black cherries, plum, toasty oak and hints of earth. Soft tannins, balanced acidity and a rich, velvety mouth-feel produce a luscious wine that is enjoyable now and will develop more complexity with additional aging in the bottle.
Delicious companions with this wine are duck with dried cherries, sage-roasted double pork chops with stuffing, and roasted lamb with Mediterranean vegetables.
Portalupi Pinot Noir 2016, Dolinsek Ranch, Russian River Valley$59.00
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.
Saintsbury Pinot Noir 2017, Carneros$42.00
A warm dry spring brought early budbreak, with ideal sunny conditions during flowering and fruit set. The warm consistent growing season pushed a larger than average crop to uniform ripeness efficiently. Pretty, dense aromas of rose petal, dark cherries, cocoa, anise and cardamom. Sweet cherry and plum entry with a zesty mid palate reminiscent of baking spices, leading into an opulent, elegant, lingering finish. Suggested Pairings: The richness of this wine pairs well with fatty, rich meats, such as lamb, duck, and stewed curries, as well as artisanal cheeses and wild mushrooms.