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Pinot Noir

USA, Pinot Noir, Artesa, Estate Reserve, Carneros, Napa Valley, 2013

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N/ Bright cherries, raspberries, and cranberries. Light barbecue smoke and bacon. Forest floor and damp soil. Hints of vegetal, bell pepper, and crushed roses. T/ Medium to medium for the field. Moderate plus acid, cherries, black cherries, and raspberries. Inorganic and organic earth notes. Probably not truly here, but seems almost like residual sugar sweetness. […]

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Spain, Sparkling, Cava, Brut Rose, Anna de Codorniu, DO Cava

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Made from 70% pinot noir and 30% chardonnay N/ Red apple, strawberry, fresh rain, hint of crushed rocks. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Surprisingly she has very nice ruby grapefruit flavors with some red apple skins as well. A mineral component is there but is a tad gentle. I wished for a little more complexity here but […]

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New Zealand, Pinot Noir, Loveblock, Central Otago, 2012

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N/ She leads with spice, lovely wood notes, and violets. Cherry and black cherry bathed in exotic spices. Black pepper, paprika, and bacon. Smoky dust. And then more lovely bacon. Really lovely. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Cherry, red berries, and a little cranberry pucker. Soft wood and earth notes. Clean mineral flavors on her close. http://loveblockwine.com/ http://terlatowines.com/new-wines/new-zealand/loveblock Price […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Anaba, Sonoma Coast, California, 2012

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N/ Cherry, raspberry, roses, cedar, a touch of white pepper, and cracked flint. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Clean cherry and raspberry flavors with nice wood tones. Mineral and acid presence very well balanced with the fruit. She closes with a pleasant lingering spice note. Very nice Sonoma Coast pinot example with an attractive price point. Alcohol […]

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France, Pinot Noir, Sparkling Wine, Cremant, Cremant D’ Alsace, Rose, Brut Rose, Lucien Albrecht

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N/ She starts with a lovely salt blast, followed by flint, light strawberry wafts, and red apples. T/ Light to medium mouth feel. Lovely, dancing acid which accompanies elegantly restrained flavors of red apple, tart cranberry, and honeysuckle. She has an extended close of minerality and red apple. http://pasternak-wines.simpleflame.com/pdfs/Lucien%20Albrecht%20Brut%20Rose%20Product%20Sheet%20SRP.pdf Price = $22 N = A- […]

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Chile, Pinot Noir, Ventisquero, Kalfu, Sumpai, Leyda Valley, 2013

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N/ More wood in first sniffs than I was expecting, also plenty of spice. Star anise, nutmeg, and then deep, dusty black cherry and cherry aromas. She also has a bit of the reduced aromas that are unfortunately common in many affordable Chilean wines. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Quite divergent from the nose in the sense […]

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Winery & Vineyard Visits / Antica an Antinori Family Estate / Napa Valley, California

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                                        Antica Napa Valley is an Antinori Family Estate located a lengthy, but beautiful, drive up Soda Canyon road in Napa. If you want incredible, even for Napa, scenery make an appointment and go.  I won’t wax on […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Bruliam Wines, Wildcat Mountain Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, California, 2010

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N/ Deep black cherries and plums. Musky spices, clean oak, and perfumed lavender delight. Pine needles stored in a cigar box. T/ Full mouthfeel. Acids are still dancing after a fair amount of bottle rest. Herbed, complex cherry and soft plum skin flavors. Elegant. Clean. Rich. Two years ago this wine was absolutely delicious… and she […]

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Winery & Vineyard Visits / Winemaker Focus / Cornerstone Cellars / Jeff Keene / Napa Valley, California & Oregon

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I had the privilege of sitting with winemaker Jeff Keene for an extended tasting of Cornerstone wines. The offerings were delicious, impressive, and showed a broad range of styles. The wine also importantly showed restraint in all the right places. Jeff was 100% delightful and explained his winemaking philosophy beautifully. Passion is an over-used word in the […]

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New Zealand, Pinot Noir, Goldwater, Wairau Valley, Marlborough, 2012

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N/ Spice, nutmeg, BBQ smoke, and rock dust hover over cherry and black cherry notes. Hint of forest floor. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Medium acid work… was hoping for just a bit more dance. Warm cherry and black cherry notes. Smoked meats and wood. Mouthwatering, extended mineral and cherry finish. http://www.pasternakwine.com/ Alcohol = 13.5% Price = […]

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Winery Visit / Winemaker Focus / Abiouness Wines / Nicole Abiouness

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I was at a fab party in Sonoma a few months back that was bursting at the gills with great, and varied, wines and local winemaker royalty.  Admission price to the party was an interesting bottle of wine. Aside from two that were clearly jokes, there were approximately 40 other fascinating offerings. I was, predictably, like […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Gallegos, Boekenoogen Vineyards, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County, California, 2011

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N/ A juicy cherry blast with some expected black tea aromatics starts you out. She is intensely aromatic. Wonderful cherry and red berry payload is framed by wet cement and clean mineral notes. Smoke and spice. Powerful. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Bursting with black cherry, cherry, and red berry flavors. Absolutely bursting I tell you. A […]

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Bulgaria, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose of Pinot Noir & Syrah, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet, Vini, Veni Vidi Vici, Thracian Valley, (2009-2011)

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I was delighted to sample five bottles of Bulgarian wine, across six major grape types. They all retail at a fairly amazing $8.99 – $9.99. For me, the rose of pinot/syrah and the sauvignon blanc were clear stand outs.  The rose ($8.99) I posted  here http://www.brainwines.com/bulgaria-rose-pinot-noir-syrah-vini-veni-vidi-vici-thracian-valley-mmxi-2011/. The sauvignon blanc well, look, she is my least […]

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Bulgaria, Rose (of Pinot Noir & Syrah), Vini, Veni Vidi Vici, Thracian Valley, MMXI (2011)

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A blend of 60% pinot noir and 40% syrah. N/ Acidic, crushed river rock waftings introduce aromas of strawberry jolly rancher, wet steel, and cranberry. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Surprisingly weighty given the acid focus of the nose. Dripping, acid dancing strawberry, cranberry, and cherry flavors intermix with lime juice – in a balanced, mouthwatering […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Tendril Wine Cellars, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2010

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N/ Fresh herbs dance on light cedar. A nice introduction to ample cherry, red apple skin, and red berry aromas. Black tea and pine needles. Dry forest floor. Delightful. Complex. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Warm cherry flavors framed by a nice acid presence. Her flavors linger and then finish with just a touch of cranberry pucker. […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Gary Farrell, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley, California, 2010

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N/ Smoky cedar and flint introduce nice black cherries and stewed red berries. Mesquite flamed pork. Crushed pine needles. Cherry taffy. Canvas. T/ Medium full to full mouthfeel. Stewed black cherries with light tobacco notes, cola, black tea and mouthwatering lime juice.  Clean lines of pleasant woody flavors. Delicious, yes, but I expected a bit […]

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New Zealand, Pinot Noir, Villa Maria, Private Bin, Marlborough, 2011

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N/ Soft, round wafts of cherries and cranberries. Fairly simple for first hour, but then she gives up nice rose scents, violets, forest floor, wild herbs, and a hint of nutmeg. Quite a transformation, and well worth the wait. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. She starts softly, with a decent amount of mouthwatering acids, but not […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Gary Farrell, Stiling Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, 2010

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N/ Soft, clean, acid-kissed wafts introduce you to lightly smoked raspberries and red berries. Rhubarb. Cedar and hints of pine. Sage. Autumn leaves. Hints of tea. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. She starts softly, with similar mouthwatering acids like other Gary Farrell pinots I’ve recently had, but this time, she is decidedly more limey in taste. Nice […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Gary Farrell, Carneros, Ramal Vineyard, Napa Valley, California, 2010

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N/ Yum. Clean, acidic, raspberries and cherries. Cedar and vanilla dance. Crushed leaves. Dry forest floor. Wild herbs. Hint of cardamom. Tangerine zest. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. She starts with mouthwatering acids and beautifully restrained bing and black cherries. Ripe, tart, cranberry also delights. Angular, but again mouthwatering, on her finish – she offers up […]

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Williams Selyem / Winery & Vineyard Visits / Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

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Williams. Selyem. Two words, that when put together make wine purists, pinot noir nuts, and chardonnay lovers (that appreciate the proper use of oak) swoon. Swoon, and wait. The wait is the dreaded (if you are not on it) “list.” Yes, WS has what every winery owner dreams about – a list. If you are […]

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