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91 • Artesa 2011 Estate Reserve, Pinot Noir, Carneros $40. Cellar Selection.
Ruby color. Bright aromas of spicy sour cherry pie, toasty chocolate granola and coffee beans, and grilled apples with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a savory beet, roasted nut, and blood orange accented finish. Very precise and chiseled flavors and acidity that will shine at the table. (tasted on Dec-02-2013)
90 • Artesa 2012 Pinot Noir, Carneros $25.
Ruby color. Aromas of sour cherry compote, supple leather purse, and faint pickled beets with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless blackberry and herb accented finish. A effortless sipper or table companion. (tasted on Dec-02-2013)
89 • Napa Ridge 2009 Pinot Noir, Napa Valley $21.99.
Ruby color. Robust aromas of spiced cherries and sandalwood with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a roasted pecan and creamy vanilla kissed finish. Very attractive and well balanced flavors. (tasted on Nov-25-2013)
87 • Rutherford Vintners 2012 Pinot Noir, Napa Valley $21.99.
Garnet color. Aromas of warm berry pie and chocolate toffee with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, honeyed black cherry, wild strawberry, mineral, and delicate spice finish. (tasted on Nov-25-2013)
86 • 10SPAN 2012 Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County $15. Best Buy.
Ruby black color. Aromas of lipstick, dried cherries, and honey with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a spiced plum and vanilla yogurt accented finish. A pleasant everyday sipper. (tasted on Dec-16-2013)
84 • Turning Leaf NV Pinot Noir, California $8.
Aromas of cherries, nougat, and clay with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and tangy berry sorbet and earth finish. (tasted on Dec-23-2013)
83 • Redwood Creek NV Pinot Noir, California $8.
Ruby black color. Aromas of roasted cherries and nuts with a soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy citrus and spiced apple finish. (tasted on Dec-23-2013)
83 • Barefoot NV Pinot Noir, California $6.99. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Aromas of cherry and roasted nuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a toasty, citrus scone kissed finish. (tasted on Dec-23-2013)
83 • The Naked Grape NV Pinot Noir, California $7.99.
Garnet color. Mild aromas of melon and berries with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a brisk, dark roasted nut accented finish. (tasted on Dec-23-2013)
93 • Mooney Family 2012 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands $52.
Ruby with a red rim. Aromas of red cherries, raspberry, strawberry, wild mushrooms and vanilla. Round and silky, jam packed with ripe voluptuous crushed strawberries, cherry compote, juicy red plums and vanilla kissed mushrooms. Hint of leather, licorice and allspice. Notes of rich earth and iron in the big finish. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
92 • Reynolds Family Winery 2011 Pinot Noir, Los Carneros $45.
Light ruby with a pale brick rim. Aromas of morello cherry, wild raspberry, fraise du bois, red currant, vanilla, clove, nutmeg and exotic mushrooms. The highly fragrant nose leads to silky and seductive notes of forest floor, cherry compote, wild strawberries, grilled mushrooms and cocoa nibs. Long complex finish perfectly frames the wine for another sip. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
88 • Portola 2010 Estate, Pinot Noir, Santa Clara Valley $38.
Deep ruby with a red rim. Aromas of cherry, strawberry, portobello mushrooms and vanilla bean. Finely integrated tannins frame dark cherry, strawberry and black plum flavors, vanilla, smoked mushrooms and spice. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
88 • El Pistolero NV Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands $29. Cellar Selection. Sustainable Agriculture
Ruby with a brick red rim. Aromas of wild raspberries, boysenberry, plum skin, shiitake, freshly tilled soil, barnyard and dried cherries. Dark berry fruit, toothsome but well-integrated tannins with woodland mushrooms, vanilla and a hint of black pepper spice. Has the structure and tannins to further develop with some additional bottle age. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
85 • Vaughn Duffy 2012 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley $36.
Deep ruby with a velvet purple rim. Aromas of strawberry, raspberry, plum and spice. Dry and somewhat lean with flavors of cherry skin, black plum and crushed boysenberry. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
84 • Reynolds Family Winery 2012 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley $45.|Find-a-Wine|
Medium ruby with a brick red rim. Aromas of blackberry, black raspberry, cassis, vanilla and strawberry jam. Ripe, dark fruit with black plums, vanilla and moderate tannins. Finish is a bit lean as the fruit does not persist and balance the wine. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)