PWTG California Pinot Noir Tasting

Wine Bank, Menlo Park

Tasted February 12, 2012 by SanFranSoxFan04 with 746 views

Flight 1 - Flight #1 CA 2009 Pinot Noir and an Overseas Visitor (6 notes)

Red
2009 Clos Saron Pinot Noir Home Vineyard USA, California, Sierra Foothills
87 points
Blind flight of 5 CA Pinots and 1 Burg. Group's #6 wine, My #6.
A rather unique nose that I did not enjoy. Cedar, floral and apple cider vinegar. The flavor also showed the apple cider vinegar.
Red
2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard USA, California, San Francisco Bay, San Mateo County
90 points
Blind flight of 5 CA Pinots and 1 Burg. Group's #4 wine, My #4.
Easily identifiable as the Rhys, this one needed far more time and air. It came off as green and herbaceous. Eucalyptus and cranberry nose,
Spice, oak, cherry and eucalyptus flavors.
Red
2009 Mount Eden Vineyards Pinot Noir USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains
92 points
Blind flight of 5 CA Pinots and 1 Burg. Group's #2 wine, My #1.
Bright cranberry, caramel, dusty and band-aid nose. Very green flavors, green pepper, green grass. Fairly astringent too.
This one improved quickly in the glass with air, the band-aid aromas went away and more red fruit came through.
Red
2009 Copain Pinot Noir "En Haut" Kiser USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
91 points
Blind flight of 5 CA Pinots and 1 Burg. Group's #3 wine, My #5.
Light magenta color, a chemical like band-aid aroma along with candied fruit. Very light bodied and delicate.
Red
2009 Copain Pinot Noir "En Bas" Kiser USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
91 points
Blind flight of 5 CA Pinots and 1 Burg. Group's #1 wine, My #3.
Dark color, viscous. Nose of oak and cedar. Thick bodied, strong fruit and spice flavors.
Red
2009 Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Ursules Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru
91 points
Blind flight of 5 CA Pinots and 1 Burg. Group's #5 wine, My #2.
Light color. Caramel aromas, nutty and espresso flavors, some wintergreen.

Flight 2 - Flight #2 2006 Anthill Farms Winery Pinot Noir: Terroir Comparison (4 notes)

Red
2006 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Abbey-Harris Vineyard USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
86 points
Blind flight of 4 Anthill 2006 Pinots. Group's #4 wine, My #4.
Old wet wood and cigar on the nose, the alcohol is burning my nose.
Taste is pure alcohol, this thing is HOT, I did catch a little egg nog flavor.
Red
2006 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Demuth Vineyard USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
88 points
Blind flight of 4 Anthill 2006 Pinots. Group's #3 wine, My #3
Orange Blossom and baby powder on the nose. Tart cherry flavor, BURNING finish.
Red
2006 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Tina Marie Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
91 points
Blind flight of 4 Anthill 2006 Pinots. Group's #1 wine, My #2
Lovely pinot funk on the nose, wintergreen too.
Light bodied, that Patchouli Incense flavor, clove, floral perfume. Very unique, very good.
Red
2006 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Peters Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
92 points
Blind flight of 4 Anthill 2006 Pinots. Group's #2 wine, My #1
Great nose! Candy, tart cherry, tobacco, some greenness. Big delicious flavor. Very good!

Flight 3 - Flight #3 2005/2006 CA Pinot Noir and a Nuits Stalker (6 notes)

Red
2005 Arcadian Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills
90 points
Blind flight of 5 2005/2006 CA Pinots and 1 Burg. Group's #3 wine, My #5
Wet basement, cigar. Light body, oak, comes off as well aged BDX.
Red
2005 Mount Eden Vineyards Pinot Noir USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains
89 points
Blind flight of 5 2005/2006 CA Pinots and 1 Burg. Group's #5 wine, My #6
Nose of wet dog, burnt hair, tar and teriyaki. Big flavor but also big alcohol.
Red
2005 Littorai Pinot Noir Cerise Vineyard USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
92 points
Blind flight of 5 2005/2006 CA Pinots and 1 Burg. Group's #6 wine, My #1
Almost unanimously hated by the group, this was my favorite wine of the flight. It was so unique and almost German Riesling like. Petrol, burnt hair, herbal and honey on the nose. Delicate fruit and floral flavors. Lucky for me, I was able to take the bottle left overs home where I enjoyed it even more.
Red
2006 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Hillside USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains
91 points
Blind flight of 5 2005/2006 CA Pinots and 1 Burg. Group's #4 wine, My #3
Green, caramel, eucalyptus and menthol flavors.
Red
2006 Rhys Pinot Noir Swan Terrace USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains
91 points
Blind flight of 5 2005/2006 CA Pinots and 1 Burg. Group's #1 wine, My #2
Green notes on the nose, candy. Light body but some heat, nice minerality, like slate or pencil lead.
Red
2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
90 points
Blind flight of 5 2005/2006 CA Pinots and 1 Burg. Group's #2 wine, My #4
A subtle nose, but I picked up some fresh corn scent. Light subtle body, cigar, oak, dry.
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