2012 Winemakers Open House at Vinify

Vinify Wine Services in Santa Rosa, CA
Tasted Sunday, May 6, 2012 by Richard Jennings with 414 views

Flight 1 - Argot (4 Notes)

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Flight 2 - Baker Lane (4 Notes)

Flight 3 - Bjornstad (5 Notes)

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Flight 4 - Calluna (4 Notes)

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Flight 5 - Couloir (5 Notes)

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  • 2010 Couloir Pinot Noir Londer 91 Points

    USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley

    Medium dark cherry red color; floral, roses, tart cherry nose; tasty, coiled, tart cherry, mineral, floral, rosehips palate with medium acidity; needs 2-plus years; medium-plus finish 91+ points (clones Pommard and 115; 1/3 whole cluster; 1/3 new oak)

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  • 2010 Couloir Pinot Noir Monument Tree 91 Points

    USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley

    Medium dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; reduction, tart cherry, rosehips, floral nose; tart strawberry, stems, floral, rosehips, mineral palate; needs 2-3 years; medium-plus finish 91+ points (Dijon clones 777. 667 & 115; 1/3 whole cluster; 1/3 new oak; 13.3% alcohol)

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  • 2010 Couloir Pinot Noir Chileno Valley Vineyard 91 Points

    USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Marin County

    Light medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; green bean, rosehips, stems nose; rosehips, green bean, tart strawberry, forest floor, mineral palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish (1/2 new French oak; 1/3 whole cluster; 12.8% alcohol)

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  • 2010 Straight Line Sauvignon Blanc 91 Points

    USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County

    Light lemon yellow color; lime, mineral nose; tart lime, mineral, chalk, flinty palate; medium-plus finish 91+ points (barrel fermented for 7 and 1/2 mos., mainly in neutral barrels; fruit from Old Westerly Vineyard)

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  • 2009 Straight Line Pinot Noir 90 Points

    USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino

    Medium cherry red color; lifted, roses, tart cherry, cinnamon nose; tart strawberry, tart cherry, rosehips palate; medium finish (45% whole cluster; 13.9% alcohol)

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Flight 6 - Frostwatch (5 Notes)

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  • 2011 Frostwatch Kismet 92 Points

    USA, California, Sonoma County, Bennett Valley

    Light lemon yellow color; nice, tart grapefruit, lemon grass nose; intense, focused, tasty, tart grapefruit, lemon grass, mineral, lime palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish

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  • 2009 Frostwatch Chardonnay 91 Points

    USA, California, Sonoma County, Bennett Valley

    Light lemon yellow color; lemon gelee, lemon chiffon, apple nose; tasty, rich, ripe apple, pear, lemon chiffon palate with good underlying acidity; medium-plus finish 91+ points

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  • 2009 Frostwatch Chardonnay Ophira 92 Points

    USA, California, Sonoma County, Bennett Valley

    Light medium lemon yellow color; rich, ripe pear, lemon cream, ripe apple nose; rich, lush, ripe pineapple, ripe pear palate; medium-plus finish

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  • 2010 Frostwatch Pinot Noir 89 Points

    USA, California, Sonoma County, Bennett Valley

    Lightly cloudy medium cherry red color; floral, tart cranberry nose; tart cranberry, oak, reduction palate; needs 2-plus years; medium-plus finish

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  • 2009 Frostwatch Merlot 88 Points

    USA, California, Sonoma County, Bennett Valley

    Medium dark red violet color; tart black fruit, tar nose; tart black fruit, tar, char palate; medium-plus finish (14.8% alcohol)

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Flight 7 - Meyer (1 Note)

  • 2007 Meyer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 90 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    Dark red violet color; ripe cassis, plum, black fruit, black cherry nose; tight, rich, tart berry, blackberry, black fruit, plum, light cedar palate; needs 4 years; medium-plus finish (18 mos in French oak, 50% new; 14.6% alcohol)

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Flight 8 - Olson Ogden (6 Notes)

Flight 9 - Pfendler (2 Notes)

  • 2010 Pfendler Vineyards Chardonnay 88 Points

    USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast

    Light lemon yellow color; tart pineapple, ripe apple nose; soft, creamy textured, tart pineapple, apple palate with lowish acidity; medium-plus finish 88+ points

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  • 2010 Pfendler Vineyards Pinot Noir 89 Points

    USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast

    Dark cherry red color; ripe cherry, cherry syrup, raspberry syrup nose; ripe cherry, cherry syrup, raspberry syrup palate with near medium acidity, doesn't quite hang together; medium-plus finish (Swan, Calera, Pommard & 828 clones; 11 mos. in French oak, 50% new; 14.4% alcohol)

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Flight 10 - Sojourn (7 Notes)

Flight 11 - Super Sonoman (5 Notes)

Flight 12 - Westherhold (4 Notes)

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Flight 13 - Wren Hop (3 Notes)

  • 2010 Wren Hop Chardonnay Gap's Crown 91 Points

    USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast

    Light lemon yellow color; focused, tart apple, lemon, pear nose; tight, tart apple, apple skin, tart peach palate with saline notes; medium-plus finish

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  • 2010 Wren Hop Pinot Noir The Fire Messenger 90 Points

    USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley

    Dark cherry red color; tart cherry, floral, tart black cherry nose; tight, tart black cherry, oak palate; needs 3-plus years; medium-plus finish 90+ points (100% Swan clone; 11 mos. in 100% new French oak)

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  • 2009 Wren Hop Pinot Noir Siren's Lure 90 Points

    USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast

    Very dark cherry red color; oak spice, tart raspberry, tart cherry nose; tart black cherry, tart raspberry, oak spice palate; needs 3 years; medium-plus finish 90+ points (good fruit but showing too much oak; clones 115 and 777; 12 mos in 100% new French oak)

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