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94 • Tolosa 2011 Reserve, "1772", Pinot Noir, Edna Valley $60. Sustainability in Practice Certified
Brick red with a light red rim. Aromas of morello cherry, black raspberry, Damson Plum, wild mushrooms, vanilla and spice. Toothsome tannins turn silky with a cherry laden mid-palate followed by wild mushrooms, vanilla, toasted brown spices and dried berries. Opulence balanced with just enough earth, spice, acid and complexity. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
94 • Chime 2012 Pinot Noir, Sonoma County $19.99. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, dark chocolate, and baked cherries and beets with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, plush vanilla and pepper kissed finish. A pure, flavorful, and elegant pinot for sipping or the table. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
93 • Clos du Val 2010 Reserve, Pinot Noir, Carneros, Napa Valley $55.
Light red with a moderately pale red rim. Initial aromas of dried cherries, raspberries and Damson plums. Meaty maitaki mushrooms, grilled beets and savory herbs bridge the nose and flavors. Just enough toothsome, but finely integrated tannins pull everything together. Long, mouthwatering, and satisfying finish. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
93 • Lumos 2011 Five Blocks, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $25. Salmon Safe Certified-Food Alliance Certified
Deep ruby color. Aromas and flavors of floral honey, spiced cherry, and herbal pickled melon with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, sandalwood, nut brittle and mineral accented finish. Very flavorful and well balanced with excellent acidity for sipping or the table. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
93 • Tolosa 2011 Block Select, "Marley Anne", Pinot Noir, Edna Valley $60. Sustainability in Practice Certified
Garnet red with a reddish-orange rim. Aromas of black raspberry, cherry nougat, vanilla, allspice, herb and beets. Soft and round with fine tannins. Vanilla tinged spicy new oak frames tangy cherry-berry flavors to a mouthwatering finish. A great sipper or table wine. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
93 • Renteria 2010 Pinot Noir, Los Carneros, Napa Valley $40.
Brick red with a light red rim. Aromas of cherries, dried strawberries, black plums, vanilla, portobello, vanilla and cloves. Rich and unctuous cherry and wild berry flavors are framed with supple tannins, toasty spice-kissed oak, vanilla and wild mushroom. Bold style with plenty of barrique that manages to keep everything in check. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
93 • Renteria 2010 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley $40.
Brick red with a reddish-orange rim. Aromas of toasty vanilla kissed cherries, black raspberries, lingonberries, roasted chestnuts and wild mushrooms. Silky tannins and balanced with strawberry, cherry and raspberry flavors. Touch of earthiness lead by wild mushrooms is accented by an understated use of oak, allowing the wine and terroir to really shine. Long, silky, balanced, elegant opulence. Great acidity on the finish brings you back for more. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
92 • Chateau St. Croix 2012 Pinot Noir, Lake County $30.
Dark garnet violet color. Aromas of creamy tapioca and toasty berry pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy sour cherry, praline, vanilla and toasty cedar accented finish. A delicious and balanced oak nuanced pinot noir for all applications. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
92 • Clos du Val 2011 Pinot Noir, Carneros, Napa Valley $32.
Light cherry red with a pale red rim. Aromas of cherry, boysenberry, nougat and plum with a touch of forest floor. Medium-bodied with silky cherry flavors with a hint of vanilla, beet, mineral, and bright citrus balance. Precise, very New World and driven by the pure fruit. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
92 • Martha Clara Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir, North Fork of Long Island $28.99.
Dark ruby garnet color. Bold aromas of roasted coffee beans, cacao nibs, and crusty cherry pie with silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a elegant marinated beet,roasted chestnut, and earth accented finish. A uniquely flavorful and classy pinot for sipping or the table. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
91 • Elk Run 2011 Cold Friday Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Linganore $32.11.
Deep ruby with a copper brown cast. Vibrant aromas of chestnut honey, exotic peppercorns, and spiced cherry with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a ripe berry, beet, cola, and nut accented finish. A very distinctive and tasty sipper or table wine. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
91 • CULT 2009 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley $45.
Brick red with a light reddish-orange rim. Aromas of cherry, raspberry, plum, portobello and red licorice. Lightly spicy notes of black pepper and garden soil on the nose. Soft, savory, and voluptuous with a cherry, beet, and plum core framed with generous vanilla, black raspberry and baking spice. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
91 • Fotinos Brothers 2011 OSRII Block, Pinot Noir, Los Carneros, Napa Valley $59.
Cherry red with a light red rim. Aromas of raspberries, sour cherries, black pepper, shiitake, chocolate, and a hint of tar. Complex flavors of cherries, black raspberries, barnyard, cocoa nibs, pepper and wild mushrooms. Finish in long, silky and complex. Reminiscent of Premier Cru Beaune. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
91 • Bouchaine 2010 Pinot Noir, Carneros $30.
Deep ruby red with a magenta rim. Aromas of boysenberry, black raspberry and toasty meringue. Fruit driven with a red cherry core, juicy boysenberry, chocolate, slate, and vanilla. Silky and clean. (tasted on Nov-09-2013)
90 • Tolosa 2011 Block Select, "Lily Gil", Pinot Noir, Edna Valley $60. Sustainability in Practice Certified
Bright red with a light red rim. Aromas of cherries, raspberries and vanilla. Medium bodied and dry with red plum and cherry flavors, licorice, vanilla and mushrooms. A mellow, savory sipper. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
90 • Castoro Cellars 2011 Estate Grown, Pinot Noir, Paso Robles $25.
Medium ruby red with a brickish rim. Pretty red cherry and raspberry aromas are followed by shiitake mushrooms, Autumn leaves, boysenberry, milk chocolate, vanilla and apple pie spice. Pure cherry and strawberry core is framed with vanilla bean, lingonberry, vanilla bean, nutmeg and a touch of leather, allspice and black earth. Finish is long and complex with just enough toothsome tannin to yearn from roast bird, grilled vegetables and tuna steak on the grill. (tasted on Nov-14-2013)
90 • Bouchaine 2011 Rockin' H Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $40.
Deep ruby red with a velvet rim. Aromas of black raspberry, crushed cherry, eucalyptus, coffee, black licorice and vanilla. Ripe cherry and raspberry flavors with vanilla, licorice, root beer and nutmeg. Long and silky finish is complex and highly intriguing. (tasted on Nov-09-2013)
90 • Tulocay 2011 Haynes Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Napa Valley $30.
Ruby red with a brick rim. Aromas of red cherries, black plum, vanilla, allspice, nutmeg, black licorice, forest floor and beets. Full bodied and richly textured with cherry, wild strawberry and crushed plums. Generous fruit is silky and spiced with allspice, clove, cinnamon and vanilla bean. Well balanced finish. (tasted on Nov-09-2013)
90 • Arrow Creek 2012 Pinot Noir, California $17.99. Best Buy.
Cherry red with a pale red rim. Aromas of cherries, plums, raspberries, portobello mushrooms, baking spice, forest floor and pomegranate. Silky and voluptuous raspberry-cherry flavors are framed with a touch of spice and white mushrooms. A clean style with just enough earth to add complexity without taking away from a silky fruit-driven wine. Could be mistaken as Cru level red Burgundy from a sunny vintage. (tasted on Nov-10-2013)
90 • Schug 2012 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $25.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Translucent cherry red to a brick red rim. Aromas of wild raspberries, boysenberry, Rainier cherry, wild mushroom, cloves, allspice, vanilla and lingonberry. Silky and lush with voluptuous cherry and raspberry flavors framed with forest mushrooms, baking spice and a touch of vanilla. Long, seductive finish. (tasted on Nov-09-2013)