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 7/19/2012 (San Francisco)
 

 

Twenty-five vineyards presented their single vineyard selections.

 

Grand Tasting

  • 2011 Hanna Sauvignon Blanc - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
    clear in color. melon, citrus, mineral, grass on the nose. orange peel, mineral, floral on the palate. crisp finish. (88 pts.)
  • 2009 Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Dijon Clones Hallberg Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
    ruby red in color. tart cherry, spice, cranberry on the nose. cranberry, tart cherry, cola on the palate. balanced acid on the finish. (88 pts.)
  • 2010 Hanna Pinot Noir Elias - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
    light red with orange hints in the color. cherry, smoke, mocha, earth, on the nose. cherry, smoke, chocolate, on the palate. light acid with built tannins on the finish. (87 pts.)
  • 2007 Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Chenoweth Ranch - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
    clear, light ruby in color. cherry, nut, red berry, mineral, on the nose. black cherry, cedar, vanilla cola, mineral, on the palate. light, smooth on the finish. (88 pts.)
  • 2010 Dutton-Goldfield Pinot Noir Russian River Valley - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
    clear, red in color. dark berry, spice, cherry, earth notes, on the nose. blueberry, blackberry, cherry, spice, earth, on the palate. medium acid on this light finish. (89 pts.)
  • 2010 Hop Kiln / HKG Wines Pinot Noir - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
    red with purple tints in the color. cherry, floral, cranberry, spice, licorice, on the nose. cherry, spice, toast, oak, earth, on the palate. mild acid and medium tannins on this light finish. (87 pts.)
  • 2008 La Crema Pinot Noir 9 Barrel Russian River Valley - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
    clear, red with orange hues in the color. cherry, floral, blackberry, spice, oak, on the nose. cherry, cola, spice, cedar, oak, berry, on the palate. medium acid and tannins on this bitter finish. (88 pts.)
  • 2009 Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Hallberg Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
    brilliant in color. cherry, dark fruit, spice, smoke, tobacco on the nose. cherry, nuts, earth, wood, cinnamon on the palate. medium finish. (89 pts.)
  • 2010 Novy Family Wines Zinfandel Russian River Valley - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
    ruby in color. blackberry, smoke, earth, spice, pepper, on the nose. pepper, earth, blackberry, on the palate. balanced acidity and tannins on the finish. (88 pts.)
  • 2010 Siduri Pinot Noir Ewald Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
    ruby red in color. cherry, sweet, berry, spice on the nose. pepper, chocolate, plum, cherry on the palate. light acid on the finish. (87 pts.)
  • 2009 Dutton-Goldfield Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
    light purple in color. cherry, smoke, warmth, chemical, on the nose. cherry, blackberry, spice, cedar, on the palate. medium acid, with a bit too much heat on the finish. (87 pts.)
  • 2009 De Loach Pinot Noir Maboroshi Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
    clear, red in color. cherry, earth, warmth, berry, on the nose. cherry, cedar, oak, blackberry, on the palate. smooth, with warm jets on this short finish. (89 pts.)
  • 2010 Patz & Hall Chardonnay Dutton Ranch - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
    clear, golden in color. faint nose. floral, citrus, on the nose. butter, oak, vanilla, floral, on the palate. light acid with a crisp finish. (86 pts.)
  • 2008 Acorn Cabernet Franc Alegrķa Vineyards - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
    dark fruit, cherry, wood, herbs, on the nose. blackberry, cherry, oak, vanilla, toast, on the palate. medium finish. the pour at this tasting was minimal. (85 pts.)
  • 2008 Acorn Syrah Axiom Alegrķa Vineyards - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
    dark red in color. tobacco, vegetative, blackberry, cocoa, pepper, on the nose. mocha, blackberry, blueberry, licorice, oak, on the palate. balanced acid and tannins on the finish. (87 pts.)
  • 2009 Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Rochioli Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
    clear, red in color. cherry, cedar, smoke, berry, on the nose. cherry, blueberry, blackberry, cedar, nutty, on the palate. well balanced. (90 pts.)
  • 2009 La Follette Pinot Noir DuNah Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
    burnt red, in color. black cherry, blackberry, floral, earth, cigar, cola, smoke, cedar, on the nose. medium-plus acid, low tannins, on this delicious finish. (91 pts.)
  • 2009 La Follette Chardonnay Lorenzo Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
    pale, light-yellow in color. nutty, butter, citrus, wood, on the nose. oak, apple, lemon, on the palate. medium acid, with a crisp finish. (90 pts.)
  • 2009 La Crema Chardonnay 9 Barrel Russian River Valley - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
    clear, pale in color. floral, honey, citrus, on the nose. floral, sweet, oak, citrus, honey, on the palate. high acid on the finish. (86 pts.)
  • 2009 Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Russian River Selection - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
    clear, dark red in color. earth, cherry, mineral, on the nose. tart fruit, earth, smoke, pepper, spice, tart cherry, on the palate. medium acid on this lingering finish. (90 pts.)

Looking forward to attending again in 2013.

 


 
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