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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 • 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 • 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 • 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.
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)
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 • Ti Point 2012 Pinot Noir, Marlborough $19.99. Best Buy.
Deep ruby red with a light red rim. Aromas of red cherries, raspberries and plums with beets and vanilla spice cake. Silky and voluptuous with the flavors of the fruits on the nose framed with a touch of earthy spice. Balanced and classic, long cherry-mushroom-spice Pinot Noir finish. Very classy. (tasted on Sep-19-2013)
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.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
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)