Pinot Noir - St. Clair. Nice dark cherry nose. Very nice balance
and flavor profile with black cherry and a touch of cola through
the long finish.
Pinot Noir - Garys'. Lovely floral-scented black cherry, with
touches of cinnamon and herb. Lightly sweet on the palate, full
and chewy throughout, with a nice lingering finish.
Pinot Noir - Moshin/Bynum. Lots of light and dark cherry aromas
in the nose. Very good balance and off-sweet flavors, nice long
Pinot Noir - Three Vnyd. A bit sharp and high-toned in the nose,
the mouthfeel is nicely balanced, and flavors hold through the long
Pinot Noir - Dutton. Big light and dark cherry nose, with just
a touch of earth. Chewy mouthfeel, big but elegantly balanced through
the long finish.
Pinot Noir - Castelli. Not quite as large-framed as the Dutton,
with more strawberry rather than dark cherry fruit.
Pinot Noir - Russian River. Nose of bing and dark cherry, floral
aromas, and a bit of earth. Slightly fat and round in the mouth,
good balance and finish.
Pinot Noir - Russian River. Though similar in profile, this
is somewhat brighter and more balanced than the '02 version.
Pinot Noir - Sangiocomo. Nose of lovely dark cherry, with spices
and floral notes. Rich mouthfeel, and very well balanced throughout.
Pinot Noir - Sonoma Coast. Lighter notes of strawberry and bing
cherry. Seems a bit underfilled on the palate, the the balance and
finish are nice.
Pinot Noir - Sonoma Coast. Rich and ripe in the nose, with a
touch of coffee, floral notes, wild strawberry and black cherry.
Full in mouthfeel, chewy and delicious, nice long finish.
Pinot Noir - Russian River. Plush nose of red fruit, with touches
of plum and flora notesl. Full mouthfeel, very good balance, chewy
fruit, and long finish.
2001 Pinot Noir - Green Valley. Nose of strawberry and wild
cherry, with a touch of clove. Lightly sweet and juicy on the palate,
with plenty of fruit, excellent balance, and long tasty finish.
Pinot Noir - Sonoma Coast. Nice aromatics, with touches of earthy
forest and light cinnamon spices. medium-full bodied, and balanced
Pinot Noir - Van der Kamp. Nice old-vine nose (40-yrs) of dried
strawberies and cranberries. Smooth and silky - at the risk of seeming
a bit underfilled, but quite balanced and delicious.
Pinot Noir - Kastania. Nose of dark cherry, with light background
notes of coffee. Medium-full bodied, nice spicy flavors, long finish.
Pinot Noir - Kastania. Meaty nose, but also seems a bit veggie,
with a distinct tomato scent. Decent body and flavor, but one can't
help picking up the aroma profile in the mouth.
Pinot Noir - Clos Pepe. Nose of wild cherry with interesting
floral aromas. Full and chewy on the palate, long finish.
Pinot Noir - Rosella's. Lots of strawberry and floral scents
in the nose. Rich mouthfeel, with a nice bite to the finish.
Pinot Noir - Cargasacchi. Nose of wild berry with streaks of
meaty and smoky aromas. Seems a bit tart at first, then the blanket
of fruit fills the mouth, and hangs there through the long finish.
Pinot Noir - Quail Hill. Nose of wild cherry and strawberry,
off-sweet fruit - maybe not the most complex of wines, but very
Pinot Noir - Russian River. Slightly sweet mouthfeel, well balanced,
nice fruit, though a briefer than expected finish.
Pinot Noir - Anderson Valley, Toulouse Vnyd. Similarly sweet
as the RRV version, but bigger and gutsier, with more distinctive
Pinot Noir - Green Valley. Medium cherry nose and flavors, good
balance long finish. This didn't ring my bell nearly as much as
it did at the Green Valley tasting. Where
were the floral aromas?
Pinot Noir - Russian River. Very nice nose of dark and light
cherry fruit. Full bodied mouthfeel, very nice balance, and long
Pinot Noir - Zio Tony Ranch. Beautiful dark cherry and wild
strawberry nose, with a slight earthy streak. Excellent balance,
pure fruit, and lingering long finish.
Pinot Noir - Bondi Home Ranch. Wild strawberry and raspberry
scents dominate the nose. Very good balance, tasty fruit, and long
Pinot Noir - Sonoma Coast. Loads of red and black fruit, with
spice and some earthiness - really nice! Rich and full on the palate,
smooth throughout, with a silky long finish.
Pinot Noir - 12 Clones. Nice somewhat light strawberry nose.
Tasty mouthfeel, if a bit underfilled.
Pinot Noir - Rosella's. Big fruit-driven nose, and even bigger
mouthfeel, which takes you a bit by surprise given the lighter extraction.
Pinot Noir - Double L. Moderate fruity aromas in nose. Big and
chewy mouthfeel, very nice balance, and long tasty finish.
Pinot Noir - Russian River. Classic RRV strawberry-wild cherry
nose. Rich mouthfeel, excellent balance and very long finish.
Pinot Noir - Green Valley. Beautiful cherry and strawberry aromas,
with excellent balance and nice long finish.
Pinot Noir - Sonoma Coast. Lots of black cherry, with touches
of blackberry and blueberry. Spicy mouthfeel with a nice grip at
mid-palate, great balance, seamless long finish.
Pinot Noir - Sonoma Coast. Floral and slightly earthy, the wine
seems very well balanced throughout. Flavors of cherry and strawberry
are nice, but not exiting.
Pinot Noir - Meredith. Bright cherry nose, excellent balance,
and nice long finish.
Pinot Noir - Leras. Nice nose of cherry fruit and spice. Nice
fruit on the palate as well, but the higher acids become annoying
Pinot Noir - Sonoma Coast. Slightly sweet and maybe a little
burnished fruit in the nose. Plenty of fruit, nice balance, with
long lingering finish. I liked this wine, despite the slightly overripe
Pinot Noir - Oregon - Wadenswil Clone . Earthy with dark cherry
in the nose. Nice body and balance, earthy fruit flavors, and long
Pinot Noir - Oregon - Pommard Clone. Very nice fruit, forest
floor, earthy and feral in the nose. Nice complexity on the palate
with plenty of fruit, though bracing acids and detectable oak that
hang on through the huge long finish.
Pinot Noir - Sangiocomo. Nose of dark cherry, coffee, and flower
petals. Slightly off-sweet mouthfeel, rich and full, great balance,
with tasty long finish.
Pinot Noir - Palazzio. Nice fruity aromatics. Big and rich in
the mouth, with nice flavors, and very good balance. This blend
of vineyards might lack a little complexity, but really delivers
on the fruit.
Pinot Noir - Garys'. Tasty, but seems surprisingly tamed in
both nose and palate. Somewhat sweet in mouthfeel, but not overly
Pinot Noir - Russian River. Prototype RRV, with nice lightly
spicy strawberry aromas and flavors, touches of earth and leaf,
medium body, good balance, and a nice long finish.
Pinot Noir - Russian River. Bigger framed and fuller in body
that the '02. Nose and palate seems sweeter, more new world. Interesting
comparison of styles.
Pinot Noir - Russian River. Nose of strawberry and rhubarb.
Nice flavor profile, though it didn't seem quite as fruit-driven
as the previous versions.
2002 Pinot Noir - Buena Tierra. Quite spicy black cherry and
pomegranate in the nose. Terrific mouthfeel - rich, chewy and flavorful,
with a big, long finish. Neat stuff!
Pinot Noir - Wiley. Nose of black cherry and cinnamon, with
touches of clove. Big mouthfeel, slightly earthy, touch of root
beer, very long finish.
Pinot Noir - Humboldt Co. Lots of dark fruit in the nose - bit
less spicy than the other bottlings. Big and rich on the palate,
sweet tasty long finish.