WineSnob* Pinot Noir 2018, Russian River
The 2018 WineSnob* Pinot Noir is from a single vineyard in the Laguna Ridge area of the Russian River Valley. The vineyard is farmed using organic practices. The wine was aged for a year-and-a-half in 25% new and 75% neutral French oak. It is light in body and has fruity notes of strawberry and cherry cola layered with earthy notes of mushroom and wet leaves. It’s a nice wine to sip on its own, but it also pairs especially well with mushroom-rubbed pork chops or stuffed mushrooms, truffle fries, and veggie pizza.
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Pali Huntington Pinot Noir 2017, Santa Barbara$29.00
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
Hartford Court Land’s Edge PInot Noir 2016, Russian River, CA$56.00
Land's Edge Pinot Noir is a classic “True” Sonoma Coast multi-vineyard Pinot Noir blend from stunningly beautiful, mostly estate vineyards that overlook the cool Pacific Ocean coastline. This wine has a floral, raspberry and black cherry scented bouquet complemented by balanced oak and broad, deep and rich cola, earth and spice notes in the finish. “The 2016 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Land's Edge Vineyards is soft, open and expressive, all of which suggest it is best enjoyed over the next few years. Dark red cherry, plum, spice and a hint of new oak meld together on the supple finish. The Land's Edge is a blend of fruit from Far Coast and Seascape, and is a great introduction to the house style.” Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate. 92 Points.
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.