Sea Smoke Southing Pinot Noir 2018
The Sea Smoke Southing Pinot Noir 2018 refers to the south-facing hillside bluffs found on the estate vineyard. Each year, the goal for this wine is to create the ideal marriage of complexity and elegance. Southing is a true expression of the terroir of Sea Smoke Vineyard: seductive flavors and fine tannins complemented by cool climate acidity. The ever-changing nose of the 2013 Southing exhibits dusty red fruit, savory spices and rose petals. The fine tannins and minerality are enhanced by the estate vineyard’s characteristic cool climate acidity.
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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.
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!
Hartford Court PInot Noir 2018, Russian River, CA$43.00
This Hartford Court Russian River Pinot Noir 2018 is fruit forward, spicy, earthy and supple – sourced from estate owned vineyards in Green Valley and grower owned vineyards in the Sebastopol Hills and Laguna Ridge sub-regions of Russian River Valley. Complex aromas of ripe cherries, violets and cedar are followed by flavors of perfectly ripe, firm black cherries, mixed red and black berries. Allspice and coffee notes complement a long, multi-faceted finish in this exciting, new Hartford Court Pinot Noir! 90 Points Outstanding – California Grapevine.