American Pinot Noir - New Arrivals

Lawdy, what fine juice this is.

 2014 Gary Farrell, Russian River Valley  Finesse and elegance are hallmarks of this delightful appellation blend. Vibrant notes of wild strawberries, raspberry preserves, and pomegranate fill the glass. Delicate aromas of rose petals and violets intertwine with a backdrop of cinnamon, grated nutmeg, pink peppercorn, and dried cloves. Medium bright upon entry, flavors of cherry cola and Ceylon black tea coat the palate and are balanced with traces of vanilla and blonde toast. 95 points Wine Enthusiast. 37.99

 2014 Gary Farrell, Russian River Valley

 Finesse and elegance are hallmarks of this delightful appellation blend. Vibrant notes of wild strawberries, raspberry preserves, and pomegranate fill the glass. Delicate aromas of rose petals and violets intertwine with a backdrop of cinnamon, grated nutmeg, pink peppercorn, and dried cloves. Medium bright upon entry, flavors of cherry cola and Ceylon black tea coat the palate and are balanced with traces of vanilla and blonde toast. 95 points Wine Enthusiast. 37.99

2014 Sanford, Santa Rita Hills - In Santa Barbara wine country, it all started with Sanford. In 1971 Sanford Winery and Vineyards discovered an overlooked, grape-growing treasure in the Santa Rita Hills. Recognizing a magical combination of climate and soil conditions much like those in France's famed Burgundy province, Sanford planted the area's first Pinot Noir in its Sanford & Benedict vineyard. The pioneering winery's Pinot Noir ranks among the best and most distinctive in the world. Crafted in small lots, Sanford wines have a consistent style: Their full-bodied fruit flavors are balanced by mouth-watering acidity. Above all, they are crafted to enhance and complement every meal. The 2014 is bursting with spicy raspberry and blood orange aromas, along with savory notes of cola, white pepper and sage. The palate delivers rich berry flavors balanced nicely by acid and tannin structure. 91 Wine Enthusiast 29.99

2014 Sanford, Santa Rita Hills - In Santa Barbara wine country, it all started with Sanford. In 1971 Sanford Winery and Vineyards discovered an overlooked, grape-growing treasure in the Santa Rita Hills. Recognizing a magical combination of climate and soil conditions much like those in France's famed Burgundy province, Sanford planted the area's first Pinot Noir in its Sanford & Benedict vineyard. The pioneering winery's Pinot Noir ranks among the best and most distinctive in the world. Crafted in small lots, Sanford wines have a consistent style: Their full-bodied fruit flavors are balanced by mouth-watering acidity. Above all, they are crafted to enhance and complement every meal. The 2014 is bursting with spicy raspberry and blood orange aromas, along with savory notes of cola, white pepper and sage. The palate delivers rich berry flavors balanced nicely by acid and tannin structure. 91 Wine Enthusiast 29.99


 

and a strong, pleasing personality centered on vivid wild berry, raspberry, smoky oak and road tar notes. Most rewarding on the finish, where the flavors fold together. Drink now through 2024. 400 cases made. 54.99

and a strong, pleasing personality centered on vivid wild berry, raspberry, smoky oak and road tar notes. Most rewarding on the finish, where the flavors fold together. Drink now through 2024. 400 cases made. 54.99

2014 Hartford Court "Land's Edge", Sonoma Coast:   "The only 2014 tasted was the early-bottled 2014 Pinot Noir Land’s Edge Vineyards, which comes from a vineyard four miles from the Pacific Ocean. Aged in 32% new French oak, the wine displays raspberry and blueberry fruit, damp earth, fresh porcini mushrooms and plenty of minerality. This is a juicy, tightly knit, but concentrated and promising Pinot Noir that has that forward fruit of this vintage well displayed." - 92 points Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, October 2015. 47.99

2014 Hartford Court "Land's Edge", Sonoma Coast:  

"The only 2014 tasted was the early-bottled 2014 Pinot Noir Land’s Edge Vineyards, which comes from a vineyard four miles from the Pacific Ocean. Aged in 32% new French oak, the wine displays raspberry and blueberry fruit, damp earth, fresh porcini mushrooms and plenty of minerality. This is a juicy, tightly knit, but concentrated and promising Pinot Noir that has that forward fruit of this vintage well displayed." - 92 points Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, October 2015. 47.99

2014 Penner-Ash, Willamette: Brilliant ruby-red. Dark berries, cherry cola and a hint of allspice on the deeply perfumed nose. Densely packed cherry and black raspberry flavors show very good energy for their heft and pick up a hint of smokiness on the back half. Plush and round; floral and spice notes linger on a very long, subtly tannic finish. This is pretty impressive for an entry-level offering. 91 points Vinous 39.99

2014 Penner-Ash, Willamette: Brilliant ruby-red. Dark berries, cherry cola and a hint of allspice on the deeply perfumed nose. Densely packed cherry and black raspberry flavors show very good energy for their heft and pick up a hint of smokiness on the back half. Plush and round; floral and spice notes linger on a very long, subtly tannic finish. This is pretty impressive for an entry-level offering. 91 points Vinous 39.99

2014 Sokol Blosser, Dundee Hills: The Dundee Hills Estate Pinot Noir captures and expresses the delicate fruit characteristics associated with this varietal, and it is balanced with structure and age-ability. In order to achieve this balance Sokol Blosser combines a couple of key distinctive winemaking techniques. They increase structure and complexity in the mouth feel through a lengthy post-fermentation maceration making up about 70% of this blend. To retain the pureness of the Pinot Noir fruit characters expressed early in fermentation, the other 30% has limited skin contact by removing the wine from the skins immediately following fermentation. The entire Estate is represented in this cuvee with a percentage of each block coming together in a single blend. 92 WE/91JS/90WS  36.99

2014 Sokol Blosser, Dundee Hills:

The Dundee Hills Estate Pinot Noir captures and expresses the delicate fruit characteristics associated with this varietal, and it is balanced with structure and age-ability. In order to achieve this balance Sokol Blosser combines a couple of key distinctive winemaking techniques. They increase structure and complexity in the mouth feel through a lengthy post-fermentation maceration making up about 70% of this blend. To retain the pureness of the Pinot Noir fruit characters expressed early in fermentation, the other 30% has limited skin contact by removing the wine from the skins immediately following fermentation. The entire Estate is represented in this cuvee with a percentage of each block coming together in a single blend. 92 WE/91JS/90WS  36.99

2013 Gran Moraine, Yamhill-Carlton: A darkness of flavor and texture—a Willakenzie sedimentary soil spice—carries through this supple pinot, with its scents of plum and espresso, its flavors taking on a mild amaro bitterness. With air, the red spectrum of fruit emerges, piercing the darkness, while supple tannins lead to the close. This is still evolving; for the cellar. 92 W&S 36.99

2013 Gran Moraine, Yamhill-Carlton: A darkness of flavor and texture—a Willakenzie sedimentary soil spice—carries through this supple pinot, with its scents of plum and espresso, its flavors taking on a mild amaro bitterness. With air, the red spectrum of fruit emerges, piercing the darkness, while supple tannins lead to the close. This is still evolving; for the cellar. 92 W&S 36.99

Kristian Denis