Pinot Noir - Estate. Deep, dark and perfumy noce. Very nice
slightly bright mouthfeel, very good balance and finish.
Pinot Noir - Fiddlestix. Interesting smoky/spicy nsoe of dark
cherry. Touches of earth and loam accent the nose and mouth, very
nice balance and finish.
Peter & Rebecca Work's (formerly Wine @ Work) is now officially
off the ground. One of the more recent Santa Rita Hills vineyards
(further east than Melville) is producing some very nice fruit,
some of which is going to other producers.
Pinot Noir - Encantada. Richard and Thekla Sanford's new label,
and the wine looks like a winner. Lovely red and black fruit, excellent
body and balance, and long finish.
after Richard Sanford left his eponymous winery last year, many
wondered how he'd fare. I'd say, just fine, thank you.
Pinot Noir - Clark & Telephone. Smoky red fruit in the nose.
Lightly sweet mouthfeel, plenty of fruit, nice balance and finish.
Pinot Noir - Taylor Lane. Nose of bing and dark cherry. Very
good balance, lots of hi-toned cherry fruit throughout.
Pinot Noir - Las Alturas. Spiced black cherry, with a touch
of cola. Nice lightly sweet mouthfeel, plenty of fruit here, long
this Wagner family operation (son of Chuck Wagner - Caymus) uses
some nice vineyard locations, including some family property on
Taylor Lane in Occidental.
Pinot Noir - Belle Pente. NIce earthy scent to the abundant
black and bing cherry fruit throughout.
Pinot Noir - Estate Reserve. Lovely Kirsch-scented nose, elegant
mouthfeel and finish.
Pinot Noir - Fiddlestix. Lovely floral and perfume scents add
to the loamy dark cherry nose. Hint of sweetness to the mouthfeel,
very nice fruit and tasty long finish.
Pinot Noir - Melville. Seemingly deeper and darker than the
Fiddlestix, with lots of black cherry and nice structure.
these were the last wines to be made by Michael Bonaccorsi, who
tragically passed away in 2004. Finished by Greg Brewer, they represent
an interesting transition for the Bonaccorsi label.
Pinot Noir - Sonoma Coast. Nose of cherry and spice. Nice full
mouthfeel, long balanced finish.
Pinot Noir - Sonoma Coast. Tons of cherry in both nose and mouth.
Very nice mouthfeel and finish.
new producer to me, with some very nice wines.
Pinot Noir - Martinborough. Nose black cherry and vanilla, with
hints of nice earthy and spicy notes in the background. Very nice
balance, mouthfeel and finish.
Pinot Noir - Martinborough. Stinky and a bit stemmy in the nose,
with good dark cherry fruit thoughout.
glad to see a Kiwi producer here. Interesting wines, with seemingly
darker spicier fruit than the CA equivalent.
Pinot Noir - Carneros "Estate Selection". Beautiful
black cherry nose, with lots of perfume. Moderate mouthfeel, a bit
flat on the finish.
2003 Pinot Noir - Lindleys' Knoll. Nose of very spicy black
cherry; fairly gripping on the back end. A bit young and primary.
Pinot Noir - Lindleys' Knoll. Much more floral in the nose than
the '03. Smooth and spicy on the palate, still a bit of grip on
the back end.
seemed like a narrow range of wines to have open for a major tasting.
in any event, I was more impressed with their wines at the Pinot
on The River festival in Oct
Pinot Noir - Sonoma County. Light stemmy quality to the cherry
fruit, good balance and finish.
Pinot Noir - Russian River. Deep prefumed nose; nice balance
and black cheryr in mouthfeel.
starting to see some changes - for the better, with new winemaker
Greg Lafollette aboard.
Pinot Noir - Russian River. Terrific nose of light forest floor
scents, lots of cherry fruit, and a pinch of spice. Moderately full
on the palate, with plenty of fruit, excellent balance, and long
Pinot Noir - Russian River. Similar to the '03, though less
expansive on the palate, and the fruit seemed less forward. That
said, there were more interesting notes in the nose and palate,
with a finer degree of bark and sap in the nose, and a bit of leaf
on th epalate.
although his wines spoke quite ably for themselves, it was fabulous
to see Tom Dehlinger come to this event.
Pinot Noir - Dierberg. Beautiful spiced red and black cherry
nose, great balance, and tasty long finish.
Pinot Noir - "Steven". Similar to the Estate, this
barrel selection is more concentrated - though still beautifully
long a Santa Maria Valley grower, these new offering from Dierberg
2004 Pinot Noir - "Migration". Slightly sweet, nice
full mouthfeel, and nice finish. Whatever it may lack in complexity,
it makes up for in lovely flavors.
Pinot Noir - "Golden Eye". Lovely floral-scented dark
cherry nose. Smooth, fine-grained texture, lots of black cherry
fruit, excellent balance, and smooth long finish.
the Goldeneye bottling keeps getting better and better.
Pinot Noir - Keefer. a bit shy on the nose, but has an underlying
dark cherry and spice. Moderately full on the palate, with pleasant
flavors, very nice balance and finish.
Pinot Noir - Dierberg. Nose of sweet cherry and spice. Nice
flavors, balance, and finish.
Pinot Noir - Dierberg. Somewhat riper than the '01 in both nose
and mouthfeel, with a terrific balance, and juicy finish.
Norm Yost contines to make a name for himself with Santa Barbara
2002 Pinot Noir - Russian River. Spicy cherry, with a touch
of citrus and vanilla. Nice full mouthfeel, lots of cherry flavors,
and very good balance.
Pinot Noir - Russian River. Similar to the '02, but a bit sweeter/riper
in nose and mouthfeel, which - while tasty, seems a bit cloying.
Pinot Noir - Hirsch. Nice cherry fruit throughout, good balance,
seemed a bit light on the palate.
Pinot Noir - Hirsch. Very nice Bing cherry nose and flavors,
excelllent acids and balance, with a nice citrusy hit on the finnish.
Pinot Noir - Birkmyer. Nice fruit and balance, juicy mouthfeel
Pinot Noir - Birkmyer. Kind of funky in the nose, but lovely
hi-toned mouthfeel, with acids galore - but matched by fruit.
Pinot Noir - Brosseau. Lovely nose of dark cherry and spice.
Rich mouthfeel, excellent balance, and impressive grip on the finish.
this small project is owned by Bryan Harrington, who is making his
wine in Berkeley. Very nice Brosseau bottling.
Pinot Noir - York Mtn. Nose of lightly burnished cherry and
spice. Spicy full mouthfeel, very good balance and finish.
Pinot Noir - Reserve. This barrel selection interestingly seems
to almost add an '"aged complexity" to the nose. Nice
mouthfeel, balance and finish.
with fruit from the York Mountain AVA near Paso Robles, this producer
Pinot Noir - Russian River. Very rich in nose and mouth, with
expansive flavors, very nice balance and long flavorful finish.
not much can be said of KB that hasn't been mentioned already. Arguably
the hottest Pinot producer in CA at the moment, their table was
jammed throughout the entire tasting. But, I managed to get my glass
in just close enough to get a pour of the RRV.
Pinot Noir - Russian River. Nice sappy spice to the dark cherry
nose. Very good mouthfeel and balance, lots of spicy fruit, and
Pinot Noir - Russian River. Similar to the '03, but not quite
as rounded, and somewhat more ripe in profile.
the former Fred MacMurray Ranch is the namesake here. I hadn't expected
much, but was plesantly surprised.
Pinot Noir - Santa Lucia Highlands. Good cherry and dark cherry
in the nose. Bit too sweet on the palate; good balance and finish.
Pinot Noir - Santa Lucia Highlands. Nice dark cherry nose, very
good body and flavors, good balance and finish. Nicely made.
2004 Pinot Noir - Rosella's. Lots of light cherry fruit and
spice. Surprisingly tame on the palate, and seemingly a bit underfilled.
The flavors are there, but something's missing.
Pinot Noir - Double L. Very nice deeply scented dark cherry
nose. Gripping on the palate, with lots of fruit and flavors, and
very long finish.
2004 Pinot Noir - Ontiveros. Lightly sweet and very juicy in
nose and mouth. Fabulous fruit-filled mouthfeel, elegant long finish.
the first offering from James Ontiveros - and an excellent one it
is! The name is a homage to the Ontiveros family, which has been
in California for 9 generations.
2004 Pinot Noir - Sonoma Coast. Lightly sweet in nose and mouth.
Nice flavors and initial mouthfeel; a bit flabby on the finish.
Pinot Noir - Hyde. Beautiful spiced nose of dark cherry. Delicious
flavors, excellent balance and finish.
Chardonnay - Estate. Lots of mineral-scented citrus in the nose.
Lively balance, very tasty and long finish.
Pinot Noir - Estate. Spicy bing cherry, with touches of dark
berry. Beautiful balance - elegant, yet gripping mouthfeel, long
Chardonnay? Yep, the Peays like to hide stuff under the table.
Pinot Noir - Marin Co. Nose of red and black fruit, with light
spice and citrus notes.
Pinot Noir - Marin Co. Similar to the '03, but livelier balance
Pinot Noir - "Southing". Dark cherry fruit, ripe flavors,
lovely balance, and smooth long finish.
Pinot Noir - "Ten". Larger framed than the Southing,
this is absolutely packed with dark fruit. Very nicely balanced,
and nearly chewy long finish.
Pinot Noir - Lake Marie. Nice earthy, scent to the cherry fruit.
Full mouthfeel, excellent balance and finish. Martinelli clone.
Pinot Noir - Lake Marie. Similar to the '00, but bigger in mouthfeel,
and even somewhat earthier.
Pinot Noir - SBC. Lovely spiced-cherry nose and flavor. Excellent
balance long smooth finish.
Pinot Noir - Julia's. Big and juicy in both nose and mouth,
perfect balance, and very long finish. Very nice!
Pinot Noir - Julia's. Hi-toned cherry fruit, decidedly acid-balanced,
very nice fruit, and long juicy finish.
Pinot Noir - Julia's. Juicy red fruit, very nice balance, and
long fruity finish.
always on the edge with his acids and fruit, winemaker Benjamin
Silver had several beauties he was pouring, and was the obvious
exception to the "rule" of pouring less that three wines.
Way to go Ben.