14.1% alcohol. Popped and poured. Black cherry color. Lovely nose of funk, black cherry, baking spice, and minerals. In the mouth, beautifully refined and balanced. Full of juicy black cherry fruit. Excellent mouth feel. The complexity really sings. This is tremendous for an appellation wine. The long finish sets it apart. A-
14.1% alcohol. Such a pretty wine. Bright red color. Funk on the nose, along with pronounced black cherry, spice, and minerals. In the mouth, racy and focused, unfolding layers of flavor: black cherry, minerals, floral, and spice, leading to excellent acidity. Soft finish that caresses the palate. Nice to check in on it, but I think this will continue to develop for another couple years. A-
I found this to be a delicious, lighter style RRV pinot. The nose was soaring with forest floor, meatiness, white flower/gardenia scents. The palate is well balanced with darker cherry/raspberry notes with good acidity and a sappiness that I really enjoy in pinot. There is also very little if any cola notes which usually is a big negative in RRV pinots. The finish is very long with spicey red fruit and a nice kiss of acidity. This drank just as well, if not a notch better, on day 2 and shows well on its own or with food. I had this on night 2 with jumbo shrimp in a tequila/lime/cilantro/chipotle sauce and it was a superb match. One of the most enjoyable RRV pinots I have had and certainly on of my favorite Siduris so far.
A blend comprised of fruit from the Keefer Ranch, Amber Ridge, Sapphire Hill, and Ewald vineyards. The nose is expressive with red fruits (cherries and berries), baking spices, oak, and a pronounced funky/earthy quality. The palate shows medium bodied, softer textured, and balanced -- albeit a bit simple and lacking backbone/stuffing -- with red fruit, spice, and cola flavors. An impressive appellation bottling ideal for near term consumption.
Lovely funky Pinot nose, tart berry and earth. I'm not tasting the cola but that could be due to my continued "impaired taste buds" situation. This is still not a sipping wine but it was very good with burgers!
My last bottle of this, and I wish I had more. A terrific value. Complex nose of forest floor gives way to tart cherries with a balancing beam of acidity. A touch of cola keeps things interesting. Well done.
Did not decant. Some pinot funk, but I like it which is a big change for me. Big cherry, earthy, raspberry, with a slight hint of cola. Pretty balanced overall. Lacks complexity which prevents it from receiving a higher score. This is drinking very nicely now and I am sad that I drank my other bottles too soon although I have one left, which will not make it to see 2009.
Decanted 1.5 hours - paired with grilled salmon. Nice nose of dark fruit and pinot-spice. Light claret/ruby in color. Restrained/elegant style - starts with dark fruit, but quickly dissolves to a mid-palate of spice and earth. Medium long finish. Was expecting a bit more - but still a solid wine none the less.
A hazy, dull-brick color, with legs that seem to be frozen for a few seconds, before you can see movement. It has an almost sour strawberry, mocha-honey aroma. It has a distinctive full-bodied, off dry taste - with flavors of burnt herbs, succulant raisins, and vanilla bean dancing together. It has a moderate to short finish, which masks the very complex and well balanced wine. Great pinot noir from california!
Great wine and a nice value too. Of the WS and Siduri Russian River blends for 05 I prefer Siduri's recipe/results. Mouthfeel/texture is velvety for both but I prefer the flavors/aromas of Siduri's a bit more.
Expressive nose of red cherries, raspberries, and an earthy/funky note. The palate is medium bodied, red fruit driven, and balanced with a smooth texture and pure finish. A solid effort that matched up nicely with copper river sockeye salmon. An ideal Siduri to consume in the near-term as the 05 vineyard designates receive a little more time in the bottle/cellar.
Did not decant. Some pinot funk that seemed to mellow a little (but not disappear) after about an hour. Big cherry, earthy, raspberry, with a slight hint of cola. Pretty balanced overall. Lacks complexity at this point, which may change with some additional bottle time.
Light in color, mostly reddish with a hint of purple. Fragrant pinot nose of cherry and raspberry with notes of vanilla cream. Palate was slightly tart cherries and cranberries with firm tannins that seem to not yet be fully integrated. Nice finish with more cherry and some spice.
Opened to drink while doing the wedding invitation for Amanda's wedding. Holly and I killed the bottle. Nice funky Pinot nose. Initially very light, tart pie cherry but after some air, about 30 min. decant, it gained some weight and the fruit became sweeter. Very well balanced. Not at all hot. I hope that with some time this wine can become a "pop and pour".
Did not decant. Some pinot funk that seemed to blow off after about an hour. Big cherry, earthy, raspberry, with a slight hint of cola. Pretty balanced overall. Lacks complexity at this point, which may change with some additional bottle time.
Twist cap!!! Ordered a bottle sitting at the bar at the Palace Cafe in New Orleans to go with the chef's special Christmas menu...clear and firm garnet color and with a wandering nose of tart cherry, red berry fruit and what seemed like a light smokey nuance in the background. Full mouth feel of vibrant fruit...good mid palate and an easy finish with a nice acidic balance that paired well with the food. This was light enough on its feet to be a nice drinker all by itself...
Hans Krueger Selections (K&L Distributors): Very light, almost thin color of garnet. First impression of the nose was dominated by oak, and probably new American oak. As it opens, underripe raspberries, stemminess, and green bell pepper show through the oak. The palate does not reflect the nose, nor the color. Soft and medium bodied, this packs loads of warm spices, fresh raspberries, and still a large amount of oak and oak spice. Definitely softer in style than the first few Pinots tasted with no tannins whatsoever and exceptional balance of acidity. Pretty much everything except the nose was enjoyable. 84-86
1st Friday: Cherries and a little earthiness on the nose. Pretty big, without the acidity to keep it lean. Some funky flavors merging with the fruit. A little odd, a little big, a little bit off from being a really nice pinot. Still, you could do much worse.
Nice wine - my first Siduri. Good pinot - definitely more CA than Burgundy, (& my preferences run much more to burg), but this is lighter and very drinkable. Still not much (if any) minerality. Will definitely try some more of his wines though - maybe the single vineyards will do it for me.
Wow what a wine. This got better and better as the night went on (and it started off great). A nuanced wine with earth/cigar aromas mixing with fruit. Soft and silky in the mouth. Drank over 3 hours in a decanter.
Lovely stuff with a lush and open nose showing cherry, strawberry, roses, incense and earth with subtle oak and vanilla notes in the background. Medium bodied with an velvety and smooth texture and a very nice, lingering finish.