This Pinot Noir from Belle Pente Estate vineyard is an example of wine where the total is more than the sum of the parts. The parts (in this case grapes) come from 12-year old vines, about half were newer Dijon clone selections and one third Pommard with the balance Wadensvill. By mixing these "old" and "new" clones the resulting wine is a complex, complete wine regardless of vintage. This pinot strikes a balance between accessibility and ageability, showing well in it's youth but with enough structure to age at least several years.
The Pinot is fresh, focused, and persistent with ripe plum and blueberry flavors and aromas. Accents of fresh herbs and flowers frame the fruit. The wine is medium-bodied with smooth, silky tannins and a crisp, clean finish. Only 785 cases produced. $35
95 points Wine Enthusiast *Editor's Choice*
Shows the ripe voluptuousness that this vineyard always brings to Pinot Noir, as well as near-perfect balance. So rich, so delicious, it’s hard not to drink the whole bottle. Waves of raspberry and cherry preserves, date-nut bread, white pepper, brown sugar, vanilla and toast are wrapped in a silky texture, with gorgeous acidity and smooth tannins. Drink over the next six years. $48
The Russian River traverses Sonoma County from its source high in the mountains of northern California. This river valley is known for a relatively cool climate due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Morning fog often rolls in from the Pacific through the Petaluma gap and burns off during the day, resulting in a wide range of diurnal temperature variation. Pinot Noir does exceptionally well in the Russian River Valley, as this very delicate grape variety appreciates cooler climes.
"The 2011 Miro Pinot Noir has fresh, medium red bright color. The first impression is of cherry compote, hint of cranberry, ripe strawberry and pronounced rose petals aromas. With further aeration the wine shows slight nuances of new oak barrels-vanilla and toast and a hint of forest floor and earthiness. The mouth feel starts out freshly fruity and finishes with balanced acidity and soft tannin. The wine is still very young at the time of these notes and it will develop nicely with 2-4 years of aging. Cheers!" $29.99
Justin Willet Tyler crafts small production Burgundian varietals in southern California's Santa Barbara County appellation. He utilizes some of the very best vineyards throughout the area and focuses on creating wines that are both delicate and balanced. A close collaboration between the wine-maker and the growers results in wines of the highest quality. His wines will allow you to experience a "sense of place" and help you understand the terroir responsible for the wine in your glass.
"A blend of both young and old vines from the best three blocks in my estimation: G, N, & Q. (I'm not sure when we'll stop calling the 'young vines' young, they are now 15 years old...). This combination of age adds layers of complexity to the finished cuvee: the old vines give depth and sophistication; the young vines add freshness, richness, and youthful exuberance. Dusty Tannin, Violets, Spice, Dark Cherry, Cola." $55.00
Monterey County lies directly in the center of the California coast. This microclimate is influenced mainly by its proximity to the Pacific Ocean; cool coastal breezes are ideal for the development of delicate grape varieties, such as Pinot Noir.
This Pinot Noir opens with a bright lavender color. A quick swirl of the glass will release equally bright and fragrant aromas of blueberries, blackberries, and potpourri. The palate is soft with sturdy acid and fruit-driven flavors of red fruit, berries, and baking spice.
This red Sancerre offers the olfactory sensors aromas of bright red fruit with a subtle undercurrent of chalk; hints of ove-ripe raspberry are also present. On the palate, the wine has very little weight with flavors of eucalyptus and red cherries. This Sancerre would pair wonderfully with light to medium dishes such as roast pork tenderloin, grilled salmon, sausage, French saucisson (salami), and medium-bodied cheeses. $20.99
This delicate Pinot Noir shines in the glass with a bright burgundy color. The nose detects cold cherry fruit aromas with a slight earthiness, reminiscent of freshly turned soil. Spiced plum and bright berry flavors abound, wrapped delicately in a light body with high acidity. Serve this pinot noir with grilled salmon steaks, beef bourguignon, roast pork tenderloin, and pasta with red sauce. $15.99
Known for prize winning Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County offers warm days and cool nights to produce a long and gentle growing season. This light-bodied Pinot Noir, from vintners Lucas and Lewellen Vineyards, offers a delicate nose of strawberry jam with cola accents. On the palate, you'll distinguish strawberry fruit flavors along with strong acidity, which makes this a great companion to light and medium dishes. $13.99
Want to experience the elegant and structured Pinot Noirs of Burgundy while keeping your budget intact? We have just the one for you! Delicate notes of raspberry, cherry and cranberry waft about with lovely acidity and minerality making this an elegant Burgundy that is a steal for the price. An ideal compliment to food, enjoy!
The grapes sourced for this small-production Pinot Noir are all sourced from vineyards close to the Umpqua River in Oregon. The aromas and bouquet offer bright and vibrant strawberry fruit, mushrooms, earth, and sweet oak. The mouthfeel is round and full. The wine is aged in 100% French oak barrels, 33% of which are new. This allows for lees stirring and the building of structure and mouthfeel. This is a great value Pinot Noir at $18.99!