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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)
94 • Morris Ranch 2012 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $32.
Ruby color. Aromas of cherry preserves, watermelon ice, and nut brittle with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy, mouthwatering glazed citrus and pickled beet finish. Delicious and vibrant pinot for sipping or the table. (tasted on May-19-2014)
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)
93 • Ledson 2012 Estate, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley $60.
Dark ruby black color. Dense aromas of baked berries and cherries, pickling spices, and vanilla yogurt with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long creamy nougat, blood orange, cedar, and mineral nuanced finish. A rich and delicious pinot with surprising poise. (tasted on May-08-2014)
93 • Prix 2011 Reserve, Montington Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Coombsville, Napa Valley $50.
Ruby color. Rustic aromas of barnyard mud, apple skin, chocolate nuts, and cherry yogurt with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a savory spiced beet, blood orange, and earth accented finish. Very Old World in style and a fine table companion. (tasted on May-12-2014)
93 • White Hart 2012 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands $23.99.
Robust aromas of melted toffee, smoked jerky, and dark berry pie a la mode with silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, graceful, tangy citrus and peppery spice finish. A delicious, well balanced pinot for all occasions. (tasted on May-19-2014)
93 • Windy Oaks 2012 "Terra Narro", Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains $29.
Ruby color. Bright aromas of blackberry and cherry cobblers with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a long, juicy, delicately spicy chocolate finish. A delicious, fruit forward pinot noir that is sure to please. (tasted on Apr-28-2014)
93 • Curvare 2011 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands $55.
Deep ruby color. Aromas and flavors of spiced cherries, cocoa, and pickled beets with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a graceful dried cherry, herb toast, and mineral nuanced finish. A flavor-packed yet poised pinot for sipping or the table. (tasted on Jun-02-2014)
93 • Gran Codorníu NV Reserva, Pinot Noir, D.O. Cava $25.
Pale ruby silver color. Aromas of cranberry toast, fig, and lemon spritzed sour cherry with a tangy, frothy medium-to-full body and a zesty, lime and chalk accented finish. A nicely structured, mouthwatering Cava that will shine with seafood. (tasted on Jul-14-2014)
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)
92 • Martin's Rake 2011 Pinot Noir, Marlborough $27.99.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Brilliant ruby color. Aromas and flavors cranberry, herbs, peppery spicy and menthol mint with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy pink peppercorn, nut, roasted beet, and lingonberry accented finish. A deliciously spicy and savory pinot that will excel at the table. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)