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94 • Kevin Olson 2011 Pinot Noir, Monterey County $45.
Ruby color. Attractively vibrant aromas and flavors of sour cherries, mulberries, cedar and sundried tomatoes with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, peppercorn, Asian spice, and sandalwood incense nuanced finish. A distinctively flavorful and vibrant pinot that is certain to please. A phenomenal choice for Beijing duck. (tasted on Jan-08-2013)
94 • Jazz Cellars 2010 Lone Oak Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands $48.
Dark garnet violet color. Savory aromas suggest waxy honeycomb, olive, and pickled beets and berries with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium body and a concentrated dried berry, barnyard fence, and overripe fallen apple accented finish. A great blend of fruit and funky Old World rusticity. Pair with rabbit and turkey leg. (tasted on Apr-25-2013)
94 • Canihan Family 2010 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $49.
Deep garnet color. Jazzy aromas of dried cherry, toffee, vanilla with supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a lavish, nut, berry and baking spice driven finish. A delicious and lush pinot noir with great fruit and style. (tasted on May-10-2013)
94 • Ledson 2011 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley $60.
Garnet color. Aromas of berry pie and chocolate toffee with a silky fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, cherry-orange compote and creamy walnut and mocha gelato accented finish. A rich and decadent pinot with great fruit and structure. (tasted on May-10-2013)
94 • Parmelee-Hill 2011 Estate Grown, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Valley $45.
Bright ruby color. Toasty aromas of toffee and berry pie with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, chewy dried cherry, smoked peppercorn, spice, and roasted nut finish. A deliciously balanced and richly flavorful pinot for all occasions. (tasted on Aug-16-2013)
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 • Reynolds Family Winery 2010 Pinot Noir, Los Carneros $45.
Deep garnet robe with a red brick rim. Vibrant nose reminiscent of cranberries, ripe cherries, geraniums and toffee. Supple texture and earthy flavors follow and the caramel note is amplified in the aftertaste. Ample fine tannins and sprinkle of pepper. A rich, meaty pinot noir for sipping and the table. (tasted on Feb-25-2013)
93 • Alba 2010 Pinot Noir, Warren Hills $21.99.
Dark ruby color. Earthy aromas of tomato on the vine, clay, roasted nut, and honeyed cranberry with supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and savory roasted root vegetable, dried cherry, and slate accented finish. A great table wine with a real European style. (tasted on May-15-2013)
93 • City Winery 2011 Reserve, Bacigalupi Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley $38.
Pretty garnet color with a hint of violet. Aromas of honeyed berry scone and toffee with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a elegantly balanced and richly concentrated fruit, nut, vanilla and spice nuanced finish. Deliciously satisfying. (tasted on May-10-2013)
93 • Angela 2010 Angela Estate Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton $40.
Dark ruby garnet color. Funky aromas of savory cheese, spicy raspberry compote, fruit punch, and clay with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a floral, spiced apple, watermelon, and cherry pie finish. Lots of complexity and exotic flavors here. A marvelous sipper or pair with Peking duck. (tasted on Apr-25-2013)
93 • Storyteller 2011 "Into the Fog", Pinot Noir, Los Carneros $24.99.
Dark ruby black color. Aromas of clay, cocoa, and craisin with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, elegant dried cherry, vanilla, and delicate spice nuanced finish. Very stylish and tasty. (tasted on May-15-2013)
93 • Zina Hyde Cunningham 2011 "Shalee", Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley $52.
Aromas of toffee, herbs, oyster shell, and dried berries with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, dried peach, peppery spice, Brazil nut and mineral driven finish. A deliciously balanced pinot for sipping or the table. (tasted on Apr-22-2013)
93 • Zina Hyde Cunningham 2010 Reserve, "Shalee", Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley $62.
Deep garnet black color. Dense aromas of dried berries, honey dark roasted nuts, leather, orchid, herbs and spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, seamless, and rather meaty, peppery spice finish. Remarkably delicious and balanced. (tasted on Apr-22-2013)
93 • Schug 2010 Pinot Noir, Carneros $30.
Bold chocolate mint, eucalyptus, and berry tart aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, sour cherry, vanilla, herb and mineral accented finish. A very complex, herbal and savory pinot that will excel at the table; try with marinated pork loins. (tasted on May-06-2013)
93 • Handley 2010 Estate Reserve, Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley $52. Organically Grown Grapes
garnet color. Rich aromas of honeyed, dried cherries and marinated beets with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a crisp, blood orange, praline, and mineral accented finish. A lovely, multilayered pinot that will delight at the table or on its own. (tasted on Oct-14-2013)
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.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
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)