November 18, 2017

Pre-Thanksgiving Pinot Noir Celebration!

1. 2004 Buena Vista Pinot Noir Sonoma County California
Our Sonoma County Pinot Noir opens with bright red fruit aromas that are elegantly accented by floral notes. The wine displays a medium weight and texture on the palate with red berry and cola flavors that entice the senses before culminating in a lengthy finish that begs for another sip. Winery

2. 2011 Rascal Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Oregon
Beginning with a dark cherry nose, the actual flavors add layers of earth, red fruit, smoke and pepper. This Rascal is ready to drink now, being a lovely addition to any meal. Winery

3. 2015 Fries Family Cellars Duck Pond Oregon
2015 was an ideal growing season throughout Oregon - an early bud break and long warm summer led Duck Pond to use a variety of vineyard sources throughout Willamette Valley and their Coles Valley Vineyard in Umpqua Valley.

The 2015 Pinot Noir jumps out of the glass - with lively red fruits on the nose, and flavors of cherry, red fruits, spice, minerals. The finish is long with depth and richness characteristic of a great vintage. Enjoy this Pinot Noir with a meal of your choosing - it really is quite the chameleon in the kitchen.

4. 2015 Clos du Bois Pinot Noir California
A deep ruby-red Pinot full of great aromatic intensity of strawberry, cherry, dried roses, and earthy woodsy notes—including a touch of forest floor. In taste, the strawberry and cherry are sweet and fruity, balanced by a rich, silky texture and a finish of caramel oak. Intense aromas of cherry, dried roses, nutmeg, and earthy-woodsy forest floor. Flavors of sweet cherry and cranberry fruit are wrapped in a silky, rich, and lush texture. Winery

5. 2014 Arterberry Maresh Dundee Hills Weber Vineyard Oregon
The 2014 Pinot Noir Weber Vineyard comes from vines planted in 1983. It has a very refined bouquet with red cherry, wild strawberry, sous-bois and subtle floral notes - very complex and classy. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, nicely structured with a gentle grip. The fruit veers towards the darker side of the spectrum towards the finish, with blackberry and cranberry fruit, long and edgy. Classy, composed and cool, this is how to make world-class Pinot Noir. Rated 93 The Wine Advocate

6. 2012 Alouette Pinot Noir Sonoma County California
This wine is vinified by fifth-generation Belle Glos Wines winemaker Joseph Wagner, whose family founded Caymus Vineyards. Alouette is the French name for lark, a songbird that is a familiar sight in vineyards along the California coast. The lark has been romanticized over time and serves as the wine’s muse. 2012 was an exceptional California vintage, and the high quality of the fruit from the coastal regions of Sonoma County shows through in this wine, which was aged in 60 percent new French oak fornine months. Aromas of red grapes, spice, violets, and oak vanillin lead to deeply flavored notes of cherries, strawberries, and sarsaparilla, with welcome accents of spice and oak. It’s very soft and silky in the mouth, with balanced tannins that make for easy drinking. Closed with a screw cap, the wine is a friendly accompaniment to early fall barbecue fare, including bacon-wrapped hot dogs, salmon kabobs, or London broil. This inviting wine was No. 5 among the Total Wine & More Top 20 Wines of 2013.

7. 2015 Methven Family Vineyards Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills Oregon
Sourced from the core of the Estate vineyard. Vanilla, cherry, and dried figs fill the nose while the finish is ethereal and drifts off with thoughts of introspection. Winery

8. 2009 J. Lohr Falcon's Perch Monterey County Pinot Noir California
A delicious Pinot Noir to drink now with upscale fare. It's very fruity, offering a burst of raspberries and cherries, together with a coat of sweet, smoky oak. But crisp acidity and smooth, silky tannins provide a balanced structure. Rated 90 Wine Enthusiast Magazine