2012 Pinot on the River

Town Square, Healdsburg, California

Tasted October 21, 2012 by Richard Jennings with 321 views

Flight 1 - Amelle (1 note)

Red
2010 Amelle Pinot Noir La Cruz Vineyard Sonoma Coast USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
91 points
Medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; sous bois, floral, rosehips nose; sous bois, floral, rosehips, tart red fruit, tart raspberry palate; medium-plus finish 91+ points (14.8% alcohol)

Flight 2 - Anaba (2 notes)

Red
2010 Anaba Pinot Noir Sun Chase Sonoma Coast USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
87 points
Dark ruby color; sous bois nose; sous bois, tart cherry palate; medium-plus finish
Red
2010 Anaba Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
87 points
Dark ruby color; roasted black fruit, sous bois nose; roasted black fruit, sous bois palate; medium-plus finish

Flight 3 - August West (3 notes)

Red
2011 August West Pinot Noir USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
90 points
Medium dark ruby color; floral, sous bois nose; sous bois, floral, rosehips palate; medium-plus finish 90+ points
Red
2011 August West Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands
91 points
Dark cherry red color; sous bois, roses nose; tasty, sous bois, cranberry, tart red fruit, roses palate; medium-plus finish
Red
2011 August West Pinot Noir Rosella's Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands
91 points
Dark cherry red color; sous bois, raspberry, baked cherry nose; sous bois, raspberry, baked cherry palate; medium-plus finish 91+ points

Flight 4 - Auteur (1 note)

Red
2009 Auteur Pinot Noir Sonoma Stage Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
91 points
Dark cherry red color; cinnamon, cherry pie nose; tight, cherry pie, cinnamon, tart raspberry palate; medium-plus finish

Flight 5 - Bailiwick (6 notes)

Red
2010 Bailiwick Wines Pinot Noir Borderline USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Marin County
91 points
Light medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; sous bois, baked cherry nose; focused, baked cherry, mineral palate; medium-plus finish (17 mos in French oak, 50% new; 14.4% alcohol)
Red
2010 Bailiwick Wines Pinot Noir USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
91 points
Medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; roses, sous bois nose; tight, sous bois, tart cherry, roses palate; needs 2 years; medium-plus finish (17 mos in French oak, 35% new; 14.3% alcohol)
Red
2010 Bailiwick Wines Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
91 points
Light medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; sous bois nose; sous bois, tart cranberry palate; needs 1-2 years; medium-plus finish 91+ points (clones 115 and Pommard; 17 mos in French oak, 36% new; 14.6% alcohol)
Red
2010 Bailiwick Wines Pinot Noir Foray USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
89 points
Light medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; savory, tart cranberry nose; savory, tart cranberry, mineral palate; medium-plus finish
Red
2010 Bailiwick Wines Pinot Noir Silver Pines Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Mountain
91 points
Pre-release (Dec. '12 release) - medium red color with pale meniscus; sous bois, savory nose; sous bois, savory, tart cherry palate; medium-plus finish
Red
2010 Bailiwick Wines Pinot Noir Michaud USA, California, Central Coast, Chalone
90 points
Medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; savory, tart cranberry nose; tight, tart cranberry, sous bois, mineral palate; needs 2-3 years; medium-plus finish 90+ points

Flight 6 - Balo (1 note)

Red
2010 Balo Vineyards Pinot Noir USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
89 points
Dark cherry red color; lifted, tart cherry, cinnamon nose; tart cherry, cinnamon palate with medium acidity; needs 2 years; medium-plus finish (11 mos in 30% new French oak; 3.59 pH, 14.1% alcohol)

Flight 7 - Banshee (2 notes)

Red
2011 Banshee Pinot Noir Sonoma County USA, California, Sonoma County
90 points
Medium dark cherry red color; floral, tart strawberry nose; floral, tart strawberry, cranberry palate; medium-plus finish
Red
2010 Banshee Pinot Noir Tina Marie USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
91 points
Medium dark cherry red color; sous bois, tart cranberry nose; tart cranberry, tart cherry, raspberry palate; medium-plus finish (clones 115, 667 & 777)

Flight 8 - Belle Glos (3 notes)

Red
2010 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Taylor Lane Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
89 points
Medium dark ruby color; floral, raspberry, raspberry syrup nose; raspberry syrup, black raspberry palate; medium-plus finish
Red
2011 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Clark & Telephone Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley
88 points
Very dark ruby color; baked raspberry, VA nose; baked raspberry, cherry, vanilla palate; medium finish
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Red
2011 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Las Alturas Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands
88 points
Dark purple red violet color; oak, blackberry, black cherry nose; oak, blackberry, black cherry palate; needs 1-2 years; medium-plus finish 88+ points

Flight 9 - Benovia (3 notes)

Red
2010 Benovia Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
91 points
Medium dark cherry red color; floral, sous bois, tart cherry nose; tart cherry, floral, tart raspberry palate; medium-plus finish 91+ points
Red
2010 Benovia Pinot Noir Russian River Valley USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
92 points
Medium dark cherry red color; appealing, floral, tart cherry, raspberry nose; tasty, ripe raspberry, cherry palate, ripe but balanced; medium-plus finish
Red
2010 Benovia Pinot Noir La Pommeraie USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
93 points
Medium dark ruby color; tart cherry, floral, sous bois nose; elegant, tart cherry, floral, sous bois, roses palate; medium-plus finish

Flight 10 - Black Kite (5 notes)

Red
2010 Black Kite Pinot Noir Kite's Rest USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
88 points
Medium dark cherry red color; black cherry, vanilla nose; tart black cherry, black raspberry, hibiscus palate; medium-plus finish
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Red
2010 Black Kite Pinot Noir Redwoods' Edge USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
90 points
Dark cherry red color; floral, raspberry, cherry nose; poised, ripe raspberry, cherry palate; medium-plus finish 90+ points (clones 114 & 115)
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Red
2010 Black Kite Pinot Noir Stony Terrace USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
90 points
Dark cherry red color; tart cherry, floral nose; tart cherry, tart raspberry palate; medium-plus finish (Pommard clone)
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Red
2010 Black Kite Pinot Noir River Turn USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
91 points
Dark cherry red color; ripe raspberry, tart cherry nose; plush, ripe raspberry, tart cherry palate; medium-plus finish
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Red
2010 Black Kite Pinot Noir Soberanes Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands
90 points
Very dark cherry red color; sous bois, floral, tart cherry nose; tart cherry, cranberry palate; medium-plus finish 90+ points
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Flight 11 - Breggo (3 notes)

Red
2010 Breggo Cellars Pinot Noir USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
86 points
Medium dark cherry red color; brett, tart cherry nose; brett, tart cherry palate; medium finish
Red
2010 Breggo Cellars Pinot Noir Donnelly Creek USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
88 points
Medium dark cherry red color; tart red fruit, sous bois nose; tart red fruit, sous bois palate; medium-plus finish
Red
2010 Breggo Cellars Pinot Noir Ferrington Vineyard USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
90 points
Dark cherry red color; floral, tart cherry, roses nose; tight, silky textured, ripe cherry, floral palate; medium-plus finish 90+ points

Flight 12 - Cairdean (1 note)

Red
2011 Cairdean Vineyards Pinot Noir USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros
89 points
Medium dark red color; floral, tart cranberry nose; ripe raspberry, cranberry palate; medium-plus finish (15.2% alcohol)

Flight 13 - Cartograph (2 notes)

Red
2010 Cartograph Pinot Noir Floodgate Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
91 points
Medium dark cherry red color; sous bois, cranberry nose; poised, cranberry, sous bois, baked cherry palate; needs 1-2 years; medium-plus finish 91+ points
Red
2009 Cartograph Pinot Noir Floodgate Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
92 points
Dark cherry red color; sous bois, baked cherry, baking spice nose; sous bois, baked cherry, baking spice, raspberry syrup palate; medium-plus finish

Flight 14 - Comptche Ridge (3 notes)

Red
2009 Comptche Ridge Vineyards Pinot Noir USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino County
88 points
Dark ruby color; ripe berry, black fruit nose; tight, tart berry, cherry palate; needs 1 year; medium-plus finsh
Red
2010 Comptche Ridge Vineyards Pinot Noir USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino County
90 points
Dark ruby color; sous bois, medium cherry, cranberry nose; tart cranberry, sous bois, mineral palate with medium acidity; needs 1-2 years; medium-plus finish
Red
2008 Comptche Ridge Vineyards Pinot Noir USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino County
87 points
Dark ruby color; brett, sous bois nose; brett, sous bois, tart red fruit palate; medium-plus finish

Flight 15 - Couloir (4 notes)

Red
2010 Straight Line Pinot Noir USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino
90 points
Medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; sous bois, green bean nose; sous bois, tart red fruit, cranberry palate; medium-plus finish
Red
2010 Couloir Pinot Noir Roma's Vineyard USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
90 points
Medium red color with pale meniscus; floral, sous bois nose; floral, sous bois, hibiscus, tart cranberry palate; medium-plus finish 90+ points (13.1% alcohol)
Red
2010 Couloir Pinot Noir Londer USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
91 points
Medium dark cherry red color; sous bois, tart red fruit nose; ripe cranberry, tart cherry palate; medium-plus finish (13.9% alcohol)
Red
2011 Couloir Pinot Noir Chileno Valley Vineyard USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Marin County
87 points
Medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; green bean, sous bois nose; green bean, sous bois palate; medium finish 87+ points

Flight 16 - Destination (1 note)

Red
2010 Destination Cellars Pinot Noir USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley
86 points
Dark ruby color; brett, baked red fruit, hibiscus nose; very tart red fruit, hibiscus palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish

Flight 17 - Donum (2 notes)

Red
2009 Donum Pinot Noir Carneros USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros
91 points
Dark red color; cranberry, oak nose; tart cherry, tart red fruit palate; medium-plus finish 91+ points
Red
2010 Donum Pinot Noir West Slope Carneros USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros
92 points
Medium dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; ripe cherry, French oak nose; tight, ripe cherry, strawberry, ripe raspberry palate; medium-plus finish

Flight 18 - Dunstan (1 note)

Red
2009 Dunstan Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County
92 points
Dark ruby color; roses, tart cherry nose; roses, sous bois, tart red fruit, mineral palate; needs 2 years; medium-plus finish

Flight 19 - Eric Kent (3 notes)

Red
2010 Eric Kent Wine Cellars Pinot Noir Small Town USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
89 points
Medium dark cherry red color; floral, sous bois nose; floral, sous bois, tart raspberry palate; medium-plus finish
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Red
2010 Eric Kent Wine Cellars Pinot Noir Stiling Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
91 points
Medium dark ruby color; sous bois, savory nose; sous bois, savory, tart cranberry palate; medium-plus finish
Red
2010 Eric Kent Wine Cellars Pinot Noir Sascha Marie USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
91 points
Dark ruby color; baked cherry, ripe cranberry nose; baked cherry, ripe cranberry, sous bois palate; medium-plus finish

Flight 20 - Expression (3 notes)

Red
2009 Expression Pinot Noir 38 Gap's Crown Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
90 points
Dark ruby color; focused, tart cherry nose; silky textured, tart cherry, sous bois, raspberry palate; needs 2 years to integrate; medium-plus finish 90+ points
Red
2009 Expression Pinot Noir 39° Annahala Vineyard USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
90 points
Dark ruby color; focused, tart cherry, red berry nose; focused, tight, tart cherry, red berry palate; needs 1-2 years; medium-plus finish
Red
2010 Expression Pinot Noir 34 Rita's Crown USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills
89 points
Medium red color with pale meniscus; hibiscus, sous bois nose; hibiscus, sous bois, tart red fruit palate; needs 2 years; medium-plus finish

Flight 21 - Gundlach Bundschu (1 note)

Red
2010 Gundlach Bundschu Pinot Noir Estate Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
90 points
Dark ruby color; baked red fruit, oak nose; tart cherry, baking spice palate; needs 1-2 years to integrate; medium-plus finish

Flight 22 - J Vineyards (3 notes)

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. J Vineyards & Winery Brut Rosé USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
88 points
Light medium orange pink color; tart cherry, raspberry nose; tart cherry, tart raspberry palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish 88+ points (60% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay, 6% Pinot Meunier)
Red
2009 J Vineyards & Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
88 points
Dark red color; tart cherry nose with a little VA; tart cherry, strawberry, oak palate; medium-plus finish
Red
2009 J Vineyards & Winery Pinot Noir Nicole's Vineyard Russian River Valley USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
89 points
Medium dark red color; sous bois, cranberry, floral nose; tight, cranberry, sous bois palate; needs 2 years; medium-plus finish (14.4% alcohol; 3.72 pH)

Flight 23 - Joseph Jewell (5 notes)

Red
2010 Joseph Jewell Pinot Noir USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
91 points
Dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; cherry, sous bois nose; tart cherry, raspberry, sous bois palate; medium-plus finish (13.7% alcohol; 3.47 pH)
Red
2009 Joseph Jewell Pinot Noir Appian Way Vineyards USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
91 points
Medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; floral, baked cherry nose; light-medium bodied, tart raspberry, tart cherry palate with near medium acidity; medium-plus finish 91+ points (13.6% alcohol; 3.47 pH; 20% new French oak)
Red
2009 Joseph Jewell Pinot Noir Elk Prairie Vineyard USA, California, North Coast, Humboldt County
91 points
Medium dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; sous bois, light banking spice nose; floral, tart cranberry, cherry palate; medium-plus finish 91+ points (50% Martini clone, 50% Pommard; vineyad planted 1995; 13.9% alcohol, 3.39 pH, 44% new oak for 10 mos)
Red
2009 Joseph Jewell Pinot Noir Floodgate Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
92 points
Dark cherry red color; floral, hibiscus, cranberry nose; rich but poised, tart raspberry, cherry palate with silky tannins; needs 2 years; medium-plus finish (13.8% alcohol, 3.42 pH, 10 mos in 30% new French oak)
Red
2010 Joseph Jewell Pinot Noir Hallberg Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
92 points
Medium dark ruby color; sous bois, cranberry nose; sous bois, cranberry palate with medium acidity; needs 2 years; medium-plus finish (77% Pommard clone)

Flight 24 - Kanzler (1 note)

Red
2010 Kanzler Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
91 points
Dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; sous bois, tart cranberry nose; sous bois, tart cranberry, mineral, tart red fruit, green bean palate; needs 1-2 years; medium-plus finish (20% whole cluster)

Flight 25 - Keefer Ranch (1 note)

Red
2010 Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
92 points
Medium dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; appealing, sous bois, cranberry, sour cherry nose; silky textured, sous bois, cranberry, sour cherry, mineral palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish 92+ points (40% new French oak)

Flight 26 - Kobler (1 note)

Red
2009 Kobler Estate Pinot Noir Kobler Family Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
88 points
Medium red color with pale meniscus; tart cranberry, baking spice nose; odd, acidified, tart cranberry, baked strawberry, baking spice palate; medium-plus finish (14.5% alcohol, 3.75 pH)

Flight 27 - La Crema (2 notes)

Red
2009 La Crema Pinot Noir 9 Barrel Russian River Valley USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
91 points
Dark cherry red color; baking spice, baked cherry nose; baking spice, baked cherry, tart raspberry palate; medium-plus finish (16 mos in 100% new French oak)
Red
2010 La Crema Pinot Noir Russian River Valley USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
90 points
From magnum - dark ruby color; baked cherry, raspberry nose; tight, tart raspberry, tart cherry, rhubarb palate; medium-plus finish

Flight 28 - Lioco (4 notes)

White
2011 Lioco Chardonnay Russian River Valley USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
91 points
Light yellow color; tart pear, pineapple nose; tart pear, tart pineapple palate with good acidity; medium-plus finish 91+ points (1st vintage with winemaker John Raytek; neutral 600 liter foudres; 12.8% alcohol)
Red
2010 Lioco Pinot Noir USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
92 points
Dark red color; redolent, stems, sous bois nose; sous bois, tart cherry, roses, red fruit palate; medium-plus finish (Klimt Vyd was fruit source; 13.9% alcohol; 30% whole cluster)
Red
2010 Lioco Pinot Noir USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
91 points
Dark ruby color; sous bois, ripe cranberry nose; poised, tart cherry, cranberry palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish 91+ points (12.6% alcohol)
Red
2011 Lioco Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
90 points
Barrel sample - medium dark cherry red color; sous bois, cranberry, green bean nose; sous bois, cranberry, green bean, mineral palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish 90-92 points

Flight 29 - Littorai (6 notes)

Red
2010 Littorai Pinot Noir Savoy Vineyard USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
92 points
Dark cherry red color with clarity; appealing, sous bois, ripe raspberry, tart baked cherry nose; firm but plush, structured, ripe raspberry, mineral, tart baked cherry, light baking spice palate with good balance; needs 1-2 years; medium-plus finish 92+ points
Red
2010 Littorai Pinot Noir Roman Vineyard USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
93 points
Medium dark cherry red color; floral, strawberry, tart cherry, light sandalwood, violets nose; tasty, tart cherry, tart strawberry, light rosehips palate with medium acidity; needs 2-plus years and should age beautifully, like a very good Pommard or Gevrey; medium-plus finish (no whole cluster; vineyard planted in 1998)
Red
2010 Littorai Pinot Noir Cerise Vineyard USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
92 points
Dark cherry red color; sandalwood, strawberry pie, vanilla nose; tight, tart cherry, baking spice, mineral, bright red fruit palate with fine, firm, sweet tannins; needs 4-5 years; medium-plus finish 92+ points (vyd planted in '97)
Red
2010 Littorai Pinot Noir Mays Canyon USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
91 points
Medium dark ruby color; tart black cherry, black raspberry nose with a sense of stems; tight, velvety textured, ripe black cherry, black raspberry, light cola palate with firm, dry tannins; needs 3-4 years; medium-plus finish 91+ points
Red
2010 Littorai Pinot Noir The Pivot Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
91 points
Dark cherry red color; baking spice, balsa wood nose; tart red fruit, green flavors, herbs, thyme, rhubarb, green beans with upfront tannins; needs 5-6 years; medium-plus finish 91+ points (vyd planted in '03)
Red
2010 Littorai Pinot Noir The Haven USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
93 points
Dark cherry red color; appealing, floral, mint, raspberry, baked cherry nose; very complex, tart red fruit, strawberry, tart cherry, damson plum palate with juiciness and fine tannins; needs 2 years; medium-plus finish 93+ points (vyd planted to 40 different clones)

Flight 30 - Longboard (2 notes)

Red
2010 Longboard Vineyards Pinot Noir USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
85 points
Dark ruby color; French oak, caramel nose; caramel, French oak, caramel syrup palate; medium-plus finish
Red
2010 Longboard Vineyards Pinot Noir Flying Rooster Ranch Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
83 points
Dark red color; odd, VA, raisiny nose; raisins, tart cherry palate; short-medium finish

Flight 31 - Mara (2 notes)

Red
2010 Mara Pinot Noir Laughlin Road Ranch USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
88 points
Medium cherry red color; lifted, baking spice, powdered strawberry nose; baking spice, ripe cherry, powdered cherry palate with good acidity; medium-plus finish
Red
2009 Mara Pinot Noir Laughlin Road Ranch USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
83 points
Medium red color with pale meniscus; VA, tart red fruit nose; cranberry, tart red fruit palate; medium finish

Flight 32 - O'Connor (1 note)

Red
2009 O'Connor Pinot Noir USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
92 points
Medium red color with pale meniscus; mint, tart cranberry nose; silky textured, ripe cranberry, tart cherry, mint palate; medium-plus finish

Flight 33 - Portalupi (3 notes)

Red
2010 Portalupi Pinot Noir Russian River Valley USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
88 points
Very dark cherry red color; vanilla, ripe berry nose; cherry syrup, vanilla palate; medium-plus finish 88+ points (14.5% alcohol)
Red
2010 Portalupi Pinot Noir il Meglio USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
89 points
Dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; vanilla, ripe cherry nose; cherry syrup, ripe cherry palate; medium-plus finish
Red
2008 Portalupi Pinot Noir Russell Family Ranch USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
92 points
Dark ruby color; floral, tart cranberry nose; tart cranberry, floral, mineral palate with smooth tannins and some toasty oak; medium-plus finish (15.4% alcohol)

Flight 34 - Reuling (1 note)

Red
2011 Reuling Vineyard Pinot Noir USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
91 points
Dark red violet color; tart red fruit, toast, sandalwood nose; plush, poised, ripe raspberry, tart cherry palate; needs 1-2 years; medium-plus finish 91+ points (1st vintage of this wine, grapes were previously sold to Aubert and Peter Michael; 25% whole cluster; 14% alcohol)

Flight 35 - Roar (2 notes)

Red
2011 Roar Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands
91 points
Dark red color; tart red fruit, floral, tart cranberry nose; tart red fruit, ripe cranberry, rhubarb palate; medium-plus finish
Red
2011 Roar Pinot Noir Sierra Mar Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands
92 points
Dark red violet color; baked cherry, tart raspberry, sandalwood nose; plush, ripe raspberry, cherry palate with good balance; medium-plus finish

Flight 36 - Rowland Tebb (2 notes)

Red
2010 Rowland Tebb Pinot Noir Tindall Mountain Vineyard USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains
92 points
Medium dark red color with pale meniscus; ripe cranberry, floral nose; tasty, floral, ripe cranberry, raspberry, baking spice palate; medium-plus finish
Red
2010 Rowland Tebb Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
92 points
Dark cherry red color; baked cherry, French oak nose; tasty, ripe cranberry, cherry palate with good balance and soft tannins; medium-plus finish (60% new oak)

Flight 37 - Schug (2 notes)

Red
2010 Schug Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
86 points
Medium dark cherry red color; sous bois, cranberry nose; sous bois, cranberry palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish 86+ points
Red
2008 Schug Pinot Noir Heritage Reserve USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros
84 points
Medium dark cherry red color; brett, tart cranberry nose; brett, tart cranberry palate; medium-plus finish

Flight 38 - Siduri (2 notes)

Red
2011 Siduri Pinot Noir Sonoma County USA, California, Sonoma County
89 points
Dark cherry red color; baked cherry, strawberry nose; tasty, tart cherry, strawberry, cranberry palate; medium-plus finish
Red
2011 Siduri Pinot Noir Parsons' Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
91 points
Dark ruby color; baked cherry, raspberry nose; baked cherry, raspberry palate; needs 1-2 years; medium-plus finish

Flight 39 - Sojourn (2 notes)

White
2011 Sojourn Chardonnay Sonoma Coast USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
91 points
Light straw yellow color; appealing, pineapple, yellow apple, pear nose; rich, poached pear, tart pear palate with good acidity; medium-plus finish 91+ points
Red
2011 Sojourn Pinot Noir Silver Eagle Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
92 points
Pre-release: dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; floral, cranberry, ripe raspberry nose; silky textured, ripe raspberry, sandalwood palate with sweet tannins; needs 1-2 years; medium-plus finish 92+ points

Flight 40 - St. Rose (1 note)

Red
2010 St. Rose Pinot Noir Nunes Vineyard 777 USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
91 points
Medium dark cherry red color; baked red fruit, dried cherry nose; tart cherry, spice, tart orange palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish

Flight 41 - Talisman (4 notes)

Red
2009 Talisman Pinot Noir Sonoma County Cuvée USA, California, Sonoma County
89 points
Medium red color with pale meniscus; savory, tart red fruit, cinnamon nose; tart red fruit, cranberry, cinnamon palate; medium-plus finish
Red
2009 Talisman Pinot Noir Gunsalus Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
90 points
Medium dark cherry red color; floral, cranberry nose; floral, tart cherry palate; medium-plus finish 90+ points
Red
2008 Talisman Pinot Noir Adastra Vineyard USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros
91 points
Medium cherry red color; appealing, tart cranberry, tart cherry nose; structured, tart cranberry, tart cherry, mineral palate; medium-plus finish
Red
2009 Talisman Pinot Noir Weir Vineyard USA, California, North Coast, Yorkville Highlands
91 points
Medium red color with pale meniscus; floral, roses, tart cherry nose; appealing, tart cherry, roses, floral palate; medium-plus finish 91+ points

Flight 42 - Terlato (2 notes)

Red
2009 Terlato Vineyards Pinot Noir Alderbrook Vineyards USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
88 points
Medium red color; baked red fruit, cranberry nose; baked red fruit, cranberry palate; medium-plus finish
Red
2008 Terlato Vineyards Pinot Noir USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
88 points
Light medium red color with pale meniscus; savory, sous bois, tart cranberry nose; savory, sous bois, tart cranberry palate; medium-plus finish 88+ points

Flight 43 - TR Elliott (3 notes)

Red
2009 TR Elliott Pinot Noir Queste USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
91 points
Medium dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; baking spice, baked cherry nose; tight, baking spice, baked cherry palate; needs 2-3 years; medium-plus finish (45% 777, 30% Pommard, 15% Elite, 10% 115 clones; 10 mos in 30% new French oak)
Red
2009 TR Elliott Pinot Noir Burgonet USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
92 points
Medium dark cherry red color; sous bois, hibiscus, floral nose; sous bois, hibiscus, floral, tart cherry, mineral palate; medium-plus finish
Red
2005 TR Elliott Pinot Noir Queste USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
91 points
Medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; tart red fruit, cranberry, floral nose; maturing, tart cranberry, floral, hibiscus, sous bois, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 91+ points

Flight 44 - Valdez Family (2 notes)

Red
2010 Valdez Family Winery Pinot Noir Lancel Creek Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
88 points
Dark cherry red color; sous bois, tart cranberry nose; sous bois, tart cranberry palate; medium-plus finish 88+ points
Red
2008 Valdez Family Winery Pinot Noir Silver Eagle Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
89 points
Medium red color with pale meniscus; baked red fruit, tart raspberry nose; baked red fruit, tart raspberry palate; medium-plus finish

Flight 45 - VML (2 notes)

Red
2010 Virginia Marie Lambrix Pinot Noir Winemaker's Select USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
89 points
Dark cherry red color; sous bois, gunpowder nose; tart red fruit, sous bois palate; needs 2-plus years; medium-plus finish
Red
2011 Virginia Marie Lambrix Pinot Noir Ivywood Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
88 points
Dark cherry red color; sous bois, gunpowder nose; sous bois, gunpowder, tart red fruit palate; medium-plus finish

Flight 46 - Waits-Mast Family (1 note)

Red
2010 Waits-Mast Family Cellars Pinot Noir Londer USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
90 points
Medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; sous bois, savory, earthy nose; savory, earthy, sous bois, tart red fruit palate; medium-plus finish 90+ points (100% whole berry)

Flight 47 - Walt (2 notes)

Red
2010 Walt Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
90 points
Dark ruby color; sous bois, roses, tart red fruit nose; sous bois, roses, tart red fruit palate; needs 2-3 years; medium-plus finish 90+ points
Red
2010 Walt Pinot Noir Sanford and Benedict USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills
91 points
Dark cherry red color; floral, tart cherry, sous bois nose; floral, tart cherry, sous bois palate; medium-plus finish

Flight 48 - Windsor Oaks (1 note)

Red
2008 Windsor Oaks Pinot Noir Reserve USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
88 points
Medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; sous bois, tart red fruit nose; sous bois, tart red fruit, cranberry palate; medium-plus finish 88+ points

Flight 49 - Wrath (5 notes)

Red
2010 Wrath Pinot Noir Boekenoogen Vineyards USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands
88 points
Dark cherry red color; sous bois, gunpowder nose; sous bois, gunpowder palate; medium-plus finish
Red
2010 Wrath Pinot Noir Pommard 4/777 115/667 USA, California, Central Coast, Monterey
89 points
Light medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; baked cherry, cranberry nose; cranberry, tart red fruit, sous bois palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish (30% whole cluster)
Red
2010 Wrath Pinot Noir Ex Vite USA, California, Central Coast, Monterey
89 points
Medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; sous bois, tart cranberry nose; cranberry, green bean palate; needs 3-4 years; medium-plus finish (67% whole cluster)
Red
2010 Wrath Pinot Noir McIntyre USA, California, Central Coast, Monterey
90 points
Medium dark cherry red color; floral, cranberry, sous bois nose; silky textured, floral, cranberry, sous bois palate; medium-plus finish (clone 115; 30% whole cluster; 30% new French oak)
Red
2010 Wrath Pinot Noir San Saba USA, California, Central Coast, Monterey
88 points
Medium dark cherry red color; floral, sous bois, cranberry nose; sous bois, green bean palate; medium-plus finish 88+ points (30% whole cluster; 30% new French oak)

Flight 50 - Wren Hop (3 notes)

Red
2010 Wren Hop Pinot Noir The Fire Messenger USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
87 points
Medium cherry red color; oak, gunpowder nose; oak, gunpowder, cranberry palate; medium-plus finish
Red
2010 Wren Hop Pinot Noir Stolen Crown USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
88 points
Dark cherry red color; earthy, raspberry, herbs nose; ripe raspberry, cranberry, herbs palate; medium-plus finish
Red
2010 Wren Hop Pinot Noir Shriveled Hand USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
88 points
Medium dark ruby color; smoke, tart cherry, raspberry nose; smoke, sous bois palate; medium-plus finish (14 mos in 100% new French oak)