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95 • Fotinos Brothers 2010 Pinot Noir, Los Carneros, Napa Valley $59.
Ruby. Inviting aromas and flavors of honeyed graham cracker, coconut and cherry tart with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, wonderfully rich, elegant and harmonious finish with vanilla, spice, berry and praline notes dancing on the tongue. A sensationally delicious Napa pinot with great use of American oak. (tasted on Nov-26-2012)
92 • Forchini 2009 Proprietor's Reserve, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley $34.
Rich, earthy aromas of clay, peanut brittle, and spicy cherry vinaigrette with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy caramel apple, lemon curd, and forest floor accented finish. A very nice composition of Old and New World styles in a mature frame. Pair with veal. (tasted on Nov-26-2012)
92 • Mario Perelli-Minetti 2009 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $31.
Deep garnet color. Rich aromas of vanilla cherry bark, spiced orange tea, mocha, and cranberry relish with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, spicy poached peach and pomegranate chutney finish. An exotically spicy and delicious pinot. (tasted on Nov-26-2012)
91 • Renteria 2009 Knittel Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Carneros Napa Valley $40.
Deep ruby color. Smoky roasted coffee and chocolate covered cherry aromas with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy spiced apple, raspberry, and vanilla cream accented finish. A vibrant choice for tuna steaks and Peking duck. (tasted on Nov-26-2012)
91 • Savannah-Chanelle 2010 Tondre's Grapefield, Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands $45.
Garnet black color. Aromas of pickled okra, toffee and sour cherry pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, vanilla, whole nut, soil, and spice kissed finish. A very attractive and balanced pinot for sipping or the table. (tasted on Dec-10-2012)
90 • Savannah-Chanelle 2010 Regan Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains $50.
Deep garnet black color. Aromas sweet dill pickles and boysenberry pie a la mode with a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and lively, spiced apple, craisin, cocoa and peppery spice notes on the finish. Bright acidity will make this a star at the table; try with salmon. (tasted on Dec-10-2012)
90 • Deep Sea 2009 Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County $36.
Ruby with a tawny cast. Aromas of honeyed berries and coconut flan with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a mouthwatering finish with notes of tomato, nuts and spice. A very hedonistic pinot noir for sipping or the table. (tasted on Dec-10-2012)
89 • Renteria 2009 River Ranch, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley $40.
Aromas and flavors of chocolate graham cracker and waxy honeyed dried cherries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, citrus, praline, pimento olive, and peppery spice accented finish. A lively and appetizing pinot for sipping or the table. (tasted on Nov-26-2012)
89 • Savannah-Chanelle 2010 Armagh Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $45.
Deep garnet violet color. Meaty aromas of baked cherries, sandalwood incense and vanilla have a peppery spice center with a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a chewy, fruit leather, honey and mineral finish. Highly extracted flavors make the a warming sipper or pair with game fowl like ostrich and pheasant. (tasted on Nov-26-2012)
89 • Deep Sea 2010 Solomon Hills, Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley $39.
Deep garnet color. Attractive aromas of vanilla cream, orange sorbet, and raspberry pie with silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a cedar, peppercorn, and tomato accented finish. A big and bold pinot with some syrah-like qualities; pair with elk. (tasted on Dec-10-2012)
89 • Lumos 2009 Temperance Hill Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Oregon $34. Salmon Safe Certified-Food Alliance Certified
Dark garnet color. Aromas of dried cherries and tomatoes with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a wildflower honey, green apple, kiwi, and mineral accented finish. A very nice table wine. (tasted on Dec-10-2012)
89 • Abbey Creek 2010 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $28.
Garnet violet color. Deep aromas of dark roasted nuts, mocha maple fudge, and berry pie with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and tart currant, sea salt, and pencil shaving accented finish. A nicely structured wine for the table; pair with roasted duck. (tasted on Dec-10-2012)
88 • Indigene 2007 Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley $31.
Ruby with a brown black cast. Aromas of peanut brittle, latex, pepper and berries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dried cherry, nut, and earth accented finish. Interesting Amarone-like mature oxidized notes. Pair with veal. (tasted on Dec-10-2012)
88 • Heron Hill Winery 2009 Ingle Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Finger Lakes $19.99.
Aromas of pickled beets, carrots, and chocolate cherries with a dryish medium body and a savory, smoky herb and pepper accented finish. A savory pinot for the table. (tasted on Nov-26-2012)
83 • Weibel Family 2010 Pinot Noir, Potter Valley $16.95.
Aromas of cocoa, apple-cherry tart, and dried lime with a soft, dryish light body and a drying nutskin and dusty tannin finish. (tasted on Nov-26-2012)
82 • Fulkerson 2010 Estate, Pinot Noir, Finger Lakes $15.99.
Aromas of tropical fruit gelato, praline, and floral/herbal soap with a soft, bitterish light body and an quick tomato on vine, mushroom and earth finish. Old World and a touch soapy. (tasted on Nov-26-2012)
82 • Johnson Estate 2011 Freelings Creek Reserve, Pinot Noir, Niagara Escarpment $19.
Bright ruby color. Aromas of lime powder, incense and cherry Pez with lightly tannic, dryish light-to-medium body and a curious tomato relish and children's flavored vitamin finish. Odd. (tasted on Nov-26-2012)
81 • Heron Hill Winery 2009 "Classic Series", Pinot Noir, Finger Lakes $14.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Pale scarlet amber color. Aromas of pickled tomatoes, roasted nuts, and dried cherries with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and a tangy craisin, dolmades, and nutshell finish. (tasted on Nov-26-2012)