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Bohemian Vineyard 2007 Freestone Estate Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $45.00
250 cases produced

(96) Turquoise
Male: This is a real crowd pleaser. Herbs, cherry, a hint of oak, and floral notes on the nose. Rich black cherry flavors with a trace herbs. Soft tannins. Cleansing acids expand and define the palate.

Female: Cranberry on the nose with a touch of lavender. The palate is predominantly red fruit with clove in the finish. Really nice acid. The finish is long and exceedingly appealing. Velvety!
Left Edge 2007 Bodega Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $65.00
50 cases produced

(96) Red
Male: Velvety! The cherry, oak and forest floor aromas deliver intriguing and concentrated flavors of cherry, blackberry, cola, and sweet spice. Lay this baby down. It will have a very long life.

Female: Alluring cherry and spice in the nose. Dense concentrated fruit - black cherry and raspberry. Seamless. Will age well!
David Bruce Winery 2005 Reserve Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $100.00
139 cases produced

(95) Purple
Male: The nose is pure cherry cola. There is intense black cherry, raspberry and cola on entry. Nice smoke and mushroom join in mid-palate. The finish is long with good oak integration. Lovely!

Female: Deliciously ripe and full. Cola, cherry-vanilla, chocolate, and spice aromas with tangy cherry, pomegranate, exotic Asian spice flavors lasting through the long, full finish.
Heart O' The Mountain 2006 Estate Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains, $48.00
500 cases produced

(94) Coral
Male: Complex aromas and flavors. Cherry, earth and truffle aromas. Big, intense sour cherry upfront with light coffee and leather on mid-palate. Long and tantalizing finish.

Female: The wine is brilliant and clear, ruby red in color. Aromas of ripe and baked fruit waft from the glass. As the wine opens, the fruit scents are joined by floral accents. Exotic violet, plum and blackberry flavors. Great texture!
Lucienne 2006 Lone Oak Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $45.00
434 cases produced

(94) Orchid
Male: In the glass, the wine is light and opaque with a ruby rim. It has a great earthy and red berry nose with dill, baking spice, dried leaves and mushroom back notes. The entry is lush with wild berry, brown spice and dusty flavors. Bacon notes join mid-palate. A viscous wine with a round finish of fruit and herbs.

Female: Herbal and cherry aromas lead to gobs of bright fruit with a hint of smoke. This wine has a silky mouthfeel. It is nicely structured with beautiful acidity balancing the focused fruit and vanilla flavors.
Segue Cellars 2007 Filigreen Vineyard Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, Mendocino, $47.00
150 cases produced

(94) Khaki
Male: A seductive style. Raspberry and violets on the pretty nose accented with leather, subtle oak, sour cherry and blueberry. Balanced wine with ripe berry fruit. A touch of heat on the finish but enough body to accommodate it. Forest floor notes. Sexy and mysterious, "me likes!"

Female: Mushrooms, dark and intense. Wow! Lots of intense cherry and raspberry accented by spices from the oak. Gorgeous acid. The color is great - intense with no blue tones.
Sonoma Coast Vineyards 2006 Freestone Hills Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $45.00
950~6 packs cases produced

(94) Black
Male: Classic Pinot Noir. Black raspberry, vanilla, and brown baking spices drift from the glass are carried onto the palate in this complex wine. Nice balance and acidity. Enjoy with grilled lamb chops.

Female: Yummy! This is just a baby - bright black and red fruit with lavender, mushrooms and forest floor aromas. Nice acid on the long finish.
Bargetto 2006 Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains, $25.00
1713 cases produced

(93) Chartreuse
Male: Aromas of watermelon, raspberry, ripe strawberry, and Thanksgiving spices waft from the glass. This is sexy juice. Compact but fresh and exciting.

Female: Wow! Great fruit, structure, yummy acids, and wonderful balance. This is what pinot should be.
Claiborne & Churchill 2006 Twin Creeks Pinot Noir
Edna Valley, $30.00
172 cases produced

(93) Periwinkle
Male: Lovely violet nose with a candied cherry core accented with cinnamon and nutmeg. Unobtrusive tannins. Velvety texture. Excellent length.

Female: Rose petals, mushroom and dark red berries aromas are echoed on the palate. Lovely, silky finish.
David Bruce Winery 2006 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $42.00
10854 cases produced

(93) Dark Gray
Male: The nose is a bit restrained but the mouth is nice and rich with berries, cola and some sweet oak. Will improve with time.

Female: Yum! Strawberry, cherry and earthiness on the nose inviting you to enjoy this comlex wine with great balance.
Halleck Vineyard 2005 Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $55.00
250 cases produced

(93) Dark Blue
Male: A lovely nose with baking spice, violets, oak, red fruit, and earthy notes. Juicy bright red cherry and strawberry with some smoky notes. Long and harmonious finish.

Female: Big, full aromas. Ripe and rich cherry jam with wood and forest floor notes highlight the red berry fruit aromas. Silky mouthfeel. A very soft and fruity style with a medium long finish.
RN ESTATE 2007 Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Rita Hills, $55.00
120 cases produced

(93) Dark Red
Male: Dark cherry, strawberry and floral aromas. Ripe fruit and subtle oak are well integrated. Elegant and soft. Excellent flavors. One of our judges declared this his favorite wine in the finals.

Female: Intense nose of blueberry with hints of cocoa. Juicy and exotic on the palate. Very complex. Yum!
Willowbrook Cellars 2006 DuNah Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $44.00
190 cases produced

(93) Brown
Male: Raspberry and pomegranate aromas deliver wild cherry and raspberry flavors with cola backnotes. Smoke and hints of vanilla enhance the long finish.

Female: The nose is slightly closed at first and then opens to reveal Bing cherry, Asian spice, black pepper, and cedar. Juicy cherry floods the palate, highlighted by vanilla, black pepper and smoke. Well integrated and lovely to drink.
Ampelos Cellars 2005 Rho Ampelos Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $48.00
1440 cases produced

(92) Pink
Male: Rose petals, orange peel, spiced Bing cherry and raspberry aromas. Round and fruity on the palate. Smooth mouthfeel with cherry and cranberry flavors accented by orange peel, chocolate, spice, and cherries with good acid tang. Mild drying tannins. Likeable for its acid.

Female: Rich, ripe dark fruit on the nose accented by earth and spice. Lovely! Smooth and velvety throughout. Seamless.
Brancott Terraces 2007 Pinot Noir
Marlborough, $28.00

(92) Wedgewood
Male: The color is deep, dark purple. Flavors of rich, dark berries, coffee, black cherry, and dark red fruits. Supple tannins. Earthy and sexy.

Female: Aromas of fresh berries: both red and black fruit touched by earthiness. Deeply colored in the glass. Big cherry fruit, fairly ripe. Pleasant, nice mouthfeel. This wine is balanced and has a lovely, long finish.
Fort Ross Vineyard 2005 Estate Reserve Fort Ross Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $49.00
615 cases produced

(92) Lilac
Male: Ripe dark fruit aromas repeat on the palate with cedar and glade forest backnotes. The wine is very complex and continues to reveal itself as it opens in the glass. There is a touch of barnyard on the long finish.

Female: The nose is smoky with a touch of bittersweet chocolate enhancing the dark berry aromas. Blueberry and pomegranate fruit flavors. Great mouthfeel! A well balanced wine.
Laetitia 2007 Reserve Pinot Noir
Arroyo Grande Valley, $40.00
2200 cases produced

(92) Beige
Male: Oregano, blackberry, lots of sage, and a bit of strawberry on the nose. The palate replicates the aromas. Well integrated.

Female: The nose is spicy and appealing: black pepper, blackberry, and cedar. Lots of dark fruit in the mouth with coffee notes on the pleasant lingering finish.
Londer Vineyards 2006 Paraboll Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $54.00
524 cases produced

(92) Deep Purple
Male: Fascinating: first pass was sweet, second was earthy and the third was dark fruit. Flavors are rich and jammy, reminiscent of boysenberries. On the palate the acid and oak spice carry the day and lend long length. Overall a vibrant wine. Soft and juicy. I could drink a bottle of this!

Female: Nice vanilla, light red fruit. baking spice, and aromas of forest floor open to a bright cherry palate. Juicy fruit with spice notes mid palate and hints of cola and subtle oak carry through the nice finish. Elegant, delicate and very pretty. Enjoy with roast chicken.
Mayro-Murdick 2006 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $36.00
650 cases produced

(92) Orange
Male: Pretty nose of roses and spice, mostly cinnamon. A very feminine style of Pinot Noir. Blueberry, cranberry, dried dark cherry flavors. Sweet finish.

Female: The earthy forest floor nose screams "Pinot." Stylish and elegant on the palate with cherry brown spice and earthiness intertwining beautifully. Layered and well balanced with a persistent finish.
Olson Ogden 2006 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $42.00
283 cases produced

(92) Yellow
Male: Floral aromas lead to an intense and vibrant wine. Black cherry, black plum, cinnamon, and light tannin in the mouth. Long finish. Lay this wine down. Another five years and this will be perfect.

Female: Lavender and cranberry on the nose. A nicely integrated wine. Juicy on the palate with soft tannins and mouth watering acidity.
Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery 2007 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $26.00
1027 cases produced

(92) Gray
Male: Beautiful rose petal aromas mixed with plum and cherry. Great color. Aromas are replicated on the palate. Well balanced with a long finish. So enjoyable!

Female: The sweet, enticing aromas of raspberry, bright cherry and light vanilla repeat on the palate. Well done acid! Balanced. Lovely!
Sonoma Coast Vineyards 2006 Balistreri Vineyard
Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $70.00
136~6 packs cases produced

(92)
Male: Very elegant. The nose opens slowly with classic cranberry and vanilla notes. Aged oak. Intense raspberry and cassis with tobacco, smoke, mushrooms and earth on the finish. Nicely balanced. Thick flavors with great acid.

Female: The intense forward nose is redolent with dark fruit, earth, mushrooms, plum, and black pepper. The complex aromas are delivered onto the palate where they are joined by raspberry, orange zest and vanilla. Great weight and texture. Nice spicy finish. Elegant.
Spy Valley 2007 Pinot Noir
Marlborough, New Zealand, $29.99
10000 cases produced

(92) Gray Blue
Male: The nose is generous - meaty with blueberry, blackberry, beet root, and smoke. Rich and complex. The finish is long and harmonious.

Female: Clear and deep blue-red in color. Floral and spice aromas. The palate is big and juicy with intense fruit. Good length, nice weight and balanced acidity. Quite pleasant!
Artesa Winery 2007 Limited Release Pinot Noir
Carneros, $49.99
889 cases produced

(91) White
Male: Cherry, strawberry, light baking spice, and forest floor aromas lead to a lush entry of berry and cherry fruit. The palate is layered with earthy and spicy notes. Long finish. Amazing wine!

Female: Sweet oak and dark cherry aromas. Ripe berries, candied fruit and black pepper in the mouth. A nicely balanced wine. Enjoy this with lamb. It is a very young wine and will get better and better as it ages.
David Bruce Winery 2006 Reserve Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains, $100.00
139 cases produced

(91)
Male: Very fine wine! Vibrant and balanced. Crisp, yet silky. Aromas of cherries and an array of floral scents (hawthorn, carnations and violet). Rich and persistent on the palate with an extraordinarily long finish. It may have a touch of residual sugar but if so, it doesn’t detract. A pizza friendly wine: nice with mushrooms, pepperoni and olive pizza.

Female: A peppermint patty nose. Wonderful dark fruit on entry then oak and tannin join in late. The mint stays and stays. Will get more delicious with time.
J Winery 2006 Nicole's Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $65.00
1409 cases produced

(91)
Male: Cocoa, strawberry and cranberry aromas deliver the same onto the palate, forest notes and brown baking spices highlight the finish on this many layered wine. Round and delicious.

Female: Beautiful, expressive aromatics with earth, mushroom, and nutmeg melding seamlessly with bright cherry, wild berry and forest floor notes. Wow! Rich and elegant with a long finish.
Jargon 2007 Pinot Noir
California, $9.99
30,000 cases produced

(91) Hot Pink
Male: Very intense red and black fruit and oak aromatics. The palate is lush with red fruit accented by earth and biscuit flavors. The finish is long and pleasant.

Female: Aromas of vanilla, light toast, cinnamon, and strawberry jam. The palate is bigger than expected. Very playful. Full and satisfying.
Left Edge 2007 Gold Ridge Hills Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $45.00
50 cases produced

(91)
Male: Strawberry and floral nose, Complex berry flavors explode in the mouth. Seamless blend of blackberry, plum, coffee, and cherry flavors. Harmonious, long finish.

Female: Brilliant deep cherry red in color. Forest floor, rhubarb and raspberry aromas with a touch of clove. Rich and ripe with juicy cherry and vanilla flavors. Wonderful acid structure. Great length!
Lions Pride 2005 El Molino High School Pinot Noir
Russian River, $35.00
120 cases produced

(91) Light Pink
Male: Intense and layered aromas of black cherry, allspice, clove, and nutmeg. The flavors continue the complex nose, melding the aromas on the tongue with the addition of vanilla. The palate is creamy.

Female: The nose is enticing: shitake mushroom, strawberry, vanilla, cinnamon, and Asian spice. The wine is smooth and velvety throughout. Seamless. Enjoy with stir-fried five-spice duck or pork dish.
Phillips Hill 2007 Corby Vineyard Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $40.00
350 cases produced

(91) Green
Male: A little closed at first but then; sweet dark cherry fruit and allspice that are delivered on the palate and carries all the way through to the end. Nicely balanced. Satisfying but demure. Silky.

Female: The nose is beautiful - rose petals and lavender. In the mouth, the delicate strawberry flavors caress the palate. Balanced! Great with grilled salmon.
Ridgeway 2005 Estate Two Pisces Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $30.00
420 cases produced

(91) Aqua Marine
Male: Wonderful garnet color. Sweet cherry and raspberry nose. Bright berry notes on entry, full and rich in the mouth. Nice palate acid through the fruit based finish.

Female: Bright, fresh red fruit aromas. Ripe red fruit on entry, berry power at mid-palate: ripe plum, blackberry, root beer and cola. Silky mouthfeel. Balanced with mouth cleansing acid. Enjoy with food wine or sip by itself.
Schug 2007 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $28.00
7387 cases produced

(91) Tan
Male: Aromas of cooked plums, mushrooms, subtle spice, baking chocolate, and ripe strawberry. Very enticing. Good balance of fruit and tannins. Good intensity. Will improve with time in the bottle.

Female: The cleansing acid demands food. Bright cherry fruit on the nose, light strawberry fruit in the mouth. Well balanced. Needs time.
TR Elliott 2006 Three Plumes Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $38.00
315 cases produced

(91) Light Blue
Male: Intense and fine floral nose moving to foresty notes. Black cherry on the palate. Silky with oak notes that surface in the finish. Complex with a long finish. Nice acid to complement food.

Female: Strawberries, cranberries and vanilla lure you in. Juicy red fruit and the silky mouthfeel make this a very appealing wine.
Adobe Road Winery 2006 Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $39.00
1350 cases produced

(90) Blue Green
Male: The color is very dark. Cherry, strawberry and cherry with lots of oak, toast, highly oaked, good acidity, oak lingers on the finish.

Female: Dark foresty aromas lead to a nice round palate of dark red fruit. Sweet on entry turning to sour cherry mid through late. Oak is prominent.
Brutocao Cellars, Estate Bottled 2006 Estate Bottled Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $26.00
1770 cases produced

(90) Pumpkin
Male: Plum, dark red berry, sandalwood, and herbs on the nose. Darker fruit with spice on the palate. Viscous. Fairly tannic but very interesting.

Female: Fruity flavors with fresh red berry, red cherry and chocolate. Nicely balanced with soft tannins and nice fruit on the long finish. This is a good food wine.
Cuvaison Estate Wines 2007 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $32.99
5557 cases produced

(90) Dark Green
Male: Mint and spice aromas deliver , attractive fruit onto the palate. Loads of Bing cherry. Nice acidity. Crisp and enjoyable.

Female: Fresh and alive in the glass and on your palate. Dark cherry flavors with oak accents.
Fess Parker 2006 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara County, $55.00
1950 cases produced

(90) Brick
Male: Cola and cranberry nose with a rich smoked cherry palate, The fruit is nicely integrated with the oak. Earthy and leathery mid through the finish that is enhanced by coffee and mineral notes.

Female: Clear deep red appearance. Cherry and cassis aromas with hints of vanilla. The flavors are consistent with the palate. Good integrated acidity and tannin. Delicious!
Kenwood Vineyards 2006 Pinot Noir
Russian River, $18.00
63500 cases produced

(90) Peach
Male: Rich and long on the palate through the finish. Raspberry and cherry with nice oak accents. Seamless and complex.

Female: The aromas are complex: plummy, jammy, smoky, earthy, and dusty. Bright fruit on the palate with touches of orange peel. Balanced. Nice!
Nth Degree 2006 Pinot Noir
Arroyo Seco, Monterey, $36.95
500 cases produced

(90)
Male: The black cherry nose is inviting. Dark cherry and leather on entry and carries through mid-palate. Oak and smoke add another layer. The wine has a slight flintiness. Nice oak integration and a lingering finish.

Female: The nose is complex with smoky and meaty notes. An intriguing wine. Red fruit with leather, meat and big wood in the mouth. Nicely balanced with good acid. Will improve with time.
Orentano 2005 Estate Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $40.00
430 cases produced

(90)
Male: Exotic wood aromas over black cherry. Oaked red fruit with green tea notes on the palate. Soft and clean.

Female: Green tea and oak on the nose. Tart plum flavors with coffee on the finish. Oak-driven wine.
Paritua 2007 Pinot Noir
Central Otago, $35.00
600 cases produced

(90) Burgundy
Male: Blood red in color. Big and expressive with lots of oak notes in the nose. Pure fruit expression. Good depth and grip. Burgundian? Tight and young. Needs time.

Female: Yum! Ripe dark cherry aromas with earthy mushroom notes entice you into the glass where layers of cherry, truffle and brown spice are nicely showcased mid palate.
Per Bacco Cellars 2006 Pinot Noir
Arroyo Grande Valley, $32.00
800 cases produced

(90) Bronze
Male: This wine has medium ruby core with a bluish hue and a ruby rim. The nose displays medium intensity of candied walnuts, maple syrup, smoke, pomegranate, blueberry, red cherry, dark cherry, coffee, oak, and mushrooms. The palate has many layers too. Flavors of pomegranate, blueberry, cola, dark cherry, fresh herbs, and earth. Balanced, layered and complex.

Female: Roses, ripe raspberry, cherry, some earthiness, coffee and tea in the nose. The mouth is lean at first and then opens to red fruit. Balanced with fine tannins. Nice fruit on the lingering finish.
Sand Hill Wines 2006 Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma Valley, $47
216 cases produced

(90) Light Green
Male: Very light in color. Earth and mushroom waft from the glass. Nice red fruits accented with oak. Well done. Good balance. Long finish. Very nice!

Female: Licoriceand dark fruit nose with hints of vanilla. Big, ripe cherry fruit. Round mouthfeel, sweet around the edges. Slow building acid. Nicely balanced.
Seawind 2007 Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $44.00
75 cases produced

(90) Magenta
Male: Lovely nose of flowers. Beautifully balanced. Cherry, raspberry, subtle oak with coffee and vanilla notes on the nose and in the mouth.

Female: Deep, dark blue-purple in color. Exotic spices with blue fruit on the nose. Lovely on the palate. Balanced. Full of juicy blue and black fruit with a long finish. Quite yummy!
Shandel's 2006 Estate Oppenlander Vineyard Pinot Noir
Mendocino County, $40.00
415 cases produced

(90) Gold
Male: The complex nose of dried red fruit aromas tangle enticingly with perfumey floral notes. Smoky rhubarb, dried cherry and currants on the palate, Medium fine-grained tannins. The finish is intense and long.

Female: Sweet licorice and herbs on the nose over black cherry fruit. Black cherry flavors nice integrated with oak. Fairly extracted. Full-bodied Pinot with lots of life ahead of it.
Stag Hollow 2005 Reserve Pinot noir
Yamhill-Carlton District, Oregon, $40.00
170 cases produced

(90) Gunmetal
Male: The nose is jammy with rather appealing cherry liqueur and nutty notes. Well wooded cherry fruit on the palate. Rich and well endowed with a dry finish.

Female: Cherry and vanilla dominate the nose. The full bodied palate displays cherry and herb notes with hints of meatiness. Round and appealing.
Stephen's 2006 Encell Vineyard Pinot Noir
San Luis Obispo County, $30.00
350 cases produced

(90) Light Yellow
Male: The aromatics are mostly cherry with rose petal backnotes. Very nice texture. Nice ripeness and balance with good acidity and soft tannins. Elegant.

Female: Garnet red in color. The nose is defined by its dark fruit qualities. The dark fruit carries onto the palate. Lightly tart and spicy. Pleasant. Medium bodied with moderate length.
Vision Cellars 2007 Coster Vineyards Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $42.00
286 cases produced

(90) Blue
Male: Bing cherry and spicy aromas. Very inviting. Lovely cherry and berry fruit with fine grained tannins and a lingering finish.

Female: A lovely floral and strawberry nose. A friendly style, nicely balanced. Great mouthfeel.

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Ampelos Cellars 2005 Lambda Ampelos Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $35.00
535 cases produced

(89)
Male: A big nose with nice oak and hints of cola. Very youthful. With time in the glass, it opened to dried dark fruit and bright cherries. Love the finish and sweet, high note.

Female: Lovely raspberry aromas. A very feminine wine. The color is brilliant. Ripe plum and blackberries with light oak and vanilla cream accents on the palate. Tart pomegranate entering mid-palate followed by ripe rhubarb that stay through the finish. Well balanced.
Artesa Winery 2007 Reserve Estate Pinot Noir
Carneros, $39.99
3527 cases produced

(89)
Male: Concentrated and spicy. Powerful but balanced. Wonderfully filling mouthfeel. The palate is simple: raspberry and strawberry giving way to fine grained tannins.

Female: Cherry, tobacco, strawberry preserves, and huckleberry aromas open to light red fruit with clove and tarragon joining mid to late. Nice acid on the finish.
Balletto Vineyards 2007 Estate Bottled Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $24.00
3362 cases produced

(89)
Male: An appealing nose of sweet leather, black cherry, and plum replicates on the palate. Balanced acidity. Velvety tannins on the long finish.

Female: Clear purple-red in color. Bright strawberry cream nose that carries through onto the palate. Lovely creamy mouthfeel.
Bolla 2006 Pinot Noir
Pavia, Italy, $9.99
30000 cases produced

(89)
Male: Black fruit and earthy aromas. Good flavors - dark cherry fruit. Quite delicious. Nicely balanced.

Female: Cherry jam, strawberry, rhubarb, very slight pine notes, and vanilla waft from the glass. Big ripe raspberry (framboise) in the mouth. Simpler on the palate than in the nose.
Brancott Reserve 2006 Reserve Pinot Noir
Marlborough, New Zealand, $20.99

(89)
Male: The nose is oaky and toasty with cherry and herbs. In the mouth, the wine is slightly tart cherry with a touch wood. There is plenty of acid here.

Female: Cherry aromas with cola notes on the nose. Sour cherry on entry through the finish. Nice cleansing acid. The finish hangs in there, delivering cherry and pleasant acid.
Calstar Cellars 2006 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $28.50
240 cases produced

(89)
Male: In the glass, there is a reddish brick hue at the core with a pink rim. Smoke, eucalyptus, violets, and Rainier cherry aromas. The flavors are mostly fruit: red and black cherries, cranberry and currant with an oak backbone.

Female: The nose has lots of eucalyptus over cherry and delivers the same flavors onto the palate. This is a very appealing wine. Serve with lamb - no mint jelly needed.
Calstar Cellars 2006 Londer Estate Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $50.00
110 cases produced

(89)
Male: The cherry cola and cinnamon nose evolves into big red fruit on the palate. The oak is well integrated.

Female: Black cherry, pomegranate and mocha aromas deliver juicy and bright cherry flavors in the mouth. Coffee notes on the finish. Lively and smooth.
Demetria Estate 2006 Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $40.00
1450 cases produced

(89)
Male: Bright cherry and spice on the nose. Cola and black fruit flavors. Nice acidity on the finish.

Female: Mushrooms and berry on the nose. Layered fruit and spices on the palate, juicy but not overripe. Nice acid on the finish. A well balanced wine.
Frank Family Vineyards 2006 Reserve Pinot Noir
Carneros, $55.00
600 cases produced

(89)
Male: Exotic with purity of Pinot Noir. Violets enhance the nose. Delicious soft fruit with a lingering finish.

Female: Bright red color with an amber rim. Cinnamon aromas surrounding cherry and wood notes. Nice weight and texture. There is an appealing smoked meat quality highlighting the cherry and oak flavors.
Halleck Vineyard 2005 The Farm Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $55.00
250 cases produced

(89)
Male: Bing cherry, brown spice and sandalwood on the nose. Attractive red fruit that is well oaked, but not over the top. A little raisiny mid through late with cinnamon and other baking spice accents. Elegant.

Female: Tart fruit with brown spice backnotes on the nose. Ripe, sweet cherry fruit in the mouth layered with spices. Cleansing acid on the finish highlights the sweet fruit that hangs in there.
Jacuzzi 2006 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $19.99
1940 cases produced

(89)
Male: Intense cola over red fruit on the nose. There is good integration of fruit, oak and acidity. Love the racy finish!

Female: Black cherry and cherry aromas carry through onto the palate. There is a nice lemon note in the mouth that uplifts the red fruit. Great balance. Nice acid.
Lucienne 2006 Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $38.00
694 cases produced

(89)
Male: Big aroma with ripe black and red fruit. Balanced and pleasant on the palate with lots of cedar and forest notes. Toast with gripping tannins on the finish.

Female: Lovely, appealing and complex aromas of dark cherries, pomegranate, coriander, and white pepper. Good structure with leather and spice notes that accent the rich plum, ripe raspberry, and black cherry fruit. A bit woody now. Needs time.
Olson Ogden 2005 Milla's Blend Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $39.00
67 cases produced

(89)
Male: Enticing spice draws you into the glass. Spiced strawberry and cherry flavors. Nicely oaked. Good balance. Elegant. I like this wine.

Female: Tart red fruit on the nose and in the mouth. Nicely balanced. Good with food or as a sipper. Fruit lingers on the long finish.
Per Bacco Cellars 2006 Dionysus Barrel Select Pinot Noir
Arroyo Grande Valley, $55.00
150 cases produced

(89)
Male: Rhubarb on the nose. Nice black fruit accented with herbs in the mouth. A long and appealing finish.

Female: Yummy. A bit of mushroom under the red fruit on the nose. Pretty red fruit flavors accented with dark spices.
RN ESTATE 2006 Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Rita Hills, $48.00
145 cases produced

(89)
Male: Pleasant cherry and pomegranate aromas. Ripe tasting on the palate with good flavors, spice and good acidity. A seamless wine displaying blackberry, raspberry and oak accents. Fine tannins. The finish is long. Great food or sipping wine.

Female: The nose is very exotic: earthy, animaly, exotic, rose petals, forest, banyard. The wine is big but nicely balanced. Well integrated with a long and full finish.
Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery 2007 Pinot Noir
Sonoma County, $18.00
27287 cases produced

(89)
Male: Crushed dark berries, oak, pretty tasty dark fruit with a tangerine peel finish. Wild tannins and oak. This is a big boned wine.

Female: Shy but pretty aromas of cranberry with hints of coffee and a touch or orange peel. Dark cherry fruit in the mouth and coffee notes on the finish. Nice acid with the velvet just beginning to show.
Signorello Vineyards 2006 Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir
Carneros, $50.00
188 cases produced

(89)
Male: The nose is intense - black cherry, plum, cola, and pipe tobacco. In the mouth, the wine is layered with dark fruit, vanilla and cola notes. lay this baby down. It will get better and better with age.

Female: The dark and exotic nose entice you to enjoy the aromas for awhile before you take the first sip. Plum and cola notes on the palate. This wine is just starting to evolve. Open and decant to get the full impact of this wine.
Steele 2006 Goodchild Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara County, $28
400 cases produced

(89)
Male: Forest floor and cherry nose. Velvety Pinot Noir. The earthy, mushroom flavor almost overwhelms fruit, but I like it. I like it!

Female: Nice bright red raspberry, cherry, and rose petal aromas. Lovely satin mouthfeel. Some herbaceousness on the palate. Tannins are still aggressive but will settle with time and the fruit will speak to you.
TR Elliott 2006 Burgonet Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $38.00
220 cases produced

(89)
Male: The aromas of vanilla and spice replicate on the soft palate. Nicely structured.

Female: Pure berry fruit with vanilla and spice accents on the nose, delivering the same on the palate. Nicely balanced.
Willowbrook Cellars 2006 Pinot Noir
Marin County, $38.00
245 cases produced

(89)
Male: Dark and jammy fruit compote with violets and clove on the nose. Ripe boysenberry and rhubarb flavors. Good acidity, nice mouthfeel and texture. Bright finish. Very nice.

Female: Delicate inviting aromas of lavender, pretty strawberry and strawberry jam. Nice acid. A great food wine...grilled salmon would be ideal.
Bianchi Winery 2005 Signature Selection Garey Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, $25.00
1648 cases produced

(88)
Male: Vanilla cream, dark cherry and round berry aromas replicate on the palate in this very balanced wine. Firm tannins on the long spicy finish.

Female: Clear garnet in color. The nose is unique: white chocolate pieces, craisin bark and raspberry with a touch of eucalyptus. Good mouthfeel with pepper and Asian spice underlying raspberry and cherry fruit.
Brutocao Cellars, Estate Bottled 2006 Reserve Slow Lope'n Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $40.00
775 cases produced

(88)
Male: The nose is oak-driven: toast and herbs. Nice plush black cherry fruit. The finish is a clean and bright. Well integrated.

Female: Smoky aromas with a soft, clean, berry palate. Balanced with some complexity. The finish is long and pleasant.
Erath 2007 Pinot Noir
Oregon, $19.00
80500 cases produced

(88)
Male: Black cherry, cream and vanilla aromas. The palate is full bodied with lots of acidity on the finish.

Female: Sweet oak and strawberry aromas evolve into nice ripe fruit in the mouth. Good acid! Well integrated.
Erath 2006 Prince Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
Dundee Hills, $45.00
2079 cases produced

(88)
Male: Bing cherry and baking spice. Nicely fruited with a clean finish. Soft in the oak category. One of our judges declared, "I could spend some time with this."

Female: Nice pinot nose with bright red berries. A very feminine wine.
Erath 2006 Estate Selection Pinot Noir
Dundee Hills, $36.00
8140 cases produced

(88)
Male: A mysterious nose with backnotes of cinnamon and other spices leads to a lovely mouthfeel. Delightful!

Female: The nose is fairly closed with some baking spices and earth with backnotes of dark fruit. A big attack (the first impression when a wine reaches your palate) but everything knits together well. The finish is smooth and long.
Firesteed 2007 Pinot Noir
Oregon, $16.00
65000 cases produced

(88)
Male: Cherry and blueberry aromas with oak notes. Soft and delicate in the mouth. Perfect acids!

Female: Clear light ruby red in the glass. Lovely silky texture with balanced acidity. Raspberry, cranberry and blueberry fruit flavors. Nice!
J Winery 2006 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $38.00
21057 cases produced

(88)
Male: Light crimson in color. Aromas of cigar, wood and dark fruit flavors. The opening is soft and lush with complex and layered fruit elements.

Female: Bright clear red in the glass with bright red fruit and spice aromas. Defined acidity leads the way to pleasant cherry fruit flavors and a dusty mocha finish.
J Winery 2006 Robert Thomas Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $65.00
294 cases produced

(88)
Male: Aromas and flavors are consistent: oaky, light tobacco, tea leaf, currant, cherry, and pomegranate. The wine is big, deep and dense with tangy acidity and cocoa notes on the finish.

Female: Toasty and vanilla aromas lead to red fruit flavors on the round and layered palate. There seems to be additional layer of cherries and raspberries that show on the finish.
Manzoni 2006 Manzoni Family Estate Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $23.00
912 cases produced

(88)
Male: Rose petals, cinnamon, spice and a little oak on the nose. Good color and clarity. Pretty fruit in the mouth. Slightly sweet but balanced. A pretty and enjoyable wine to drink on its own.

Female: The nose is meaty with bright fresh strawberry. Pleasant strawberry flavors. Lovely lemon acidity on the long and pleasant finish.
Olson Ogden 2005 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $39.00
190 cases produced

(88)
Male: Very attractive fruit and oak scents. The palate is fruit driven with hints of spice and a hint of oak on the back end. Drying tannins.

Female: Oak and dark cherry nose and flavors. The ripe fruit is a bit elusive but nice. The finish shows quite a bit of oak which will diminish with time.
Paraiso 2007 West Terrace Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $40.00
399 cases produced

(88)
Male: Extracted black cherry aromas. Big, bold and brooding. Elevated alcohol but quality fruit with a long rich, tight and racy finish.

Female: Dark in color - deep, deep red tones. The nose was tightly closed at first, opening to black cherry aromas that carry though onto the palate. Lots of oak on the finish. Should integrate in time. This is still a baby.
Pend d'Oreille Winery 2006 Kuna Butte Vineyard
Pinot Noir
Snake River Valley Idaho, $21.00
149 cases produced

(88)
Male: A very nice Pinot Noir with good varietal definition: cherry, earth and spice. A demure wine at first. There is residual sugar on the finish.

Female: This is a great sipper! Strawberry and cranberry aromas and flavors. There is orange juice on the finish. The impression on the finish is slightly sweet even though there is acid.
RN ESTATE 2007 Maridel Vineyard Pinot Noir
central coast, $45.00
120 cases produced

(88)
Male: This wine is seamless! Beautiful blend of strawberry and raspberry fruit well integrated with deft oak management. Great acidity of the long finish.

Female: Bright red fruit on the nose with brown baking spice backnotes. The entry is bright red fruit with green tea entering mid-palate. There is lovely lemon rind on the cleansing finish.
Signorello Vineyards 2006 Las Amigas Vineyard Pinot Noir
Carneros, $42.00
198 cases produced

(88)
Male: The nose is very tight at first opening slowly to dark cherry, cola and vanilla. On the palate, cola, red cherry and black fruit. Tannins are prominent for now with bright acid showing on the finish.

Female: This is a youngster. The nose is closed and takes time to open up to dark fruit, vanilla and smoky notes. Cherry, black pepper and herbal notes in the mouth. The substantial tannins will subside in time leaving a lovely, balanced wine.
Sonoma-Cutrer 2005 Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $40.00
6000 cases produced

(88)
Male: Sapphire in color with black fruit, and pomegranate flavors. Very rich and ripe. Good depth. The firm tannins, bright acid and spicyness make for a lovely finish.

Female: Clove, pine, spice and hints of cola on the nose. The palate is pretty with blueberry and pomegranate highlighted by hints of clove and cedar. Medium weight with cherry, black cherry and tarragon on the medium-long finish.
TR Elliott 2006 Queste Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $38.00
550 cases produced

(88)
Male: Good, intense aromas. Flavors reveal good fruit with earthy and spicy accents evolving into a long finish. The tannins are soft but present.

Female: Tart berry and briary fruit aromas and flavors. Nicely balanced with great acid for pairing with food. Good tannins and a nice medium-long finish.
Wente Vineyards 2006 Reliz Creek Pinot Noir
Arroyo Seco, Monterey, $21.99
7000 cases produced

(88)
Male: Medium ruby with a bluish hue in the glass. The nose is flowery with eucalyptus, white pepper and dark cherry notes. On the palate, red cherry is highlighted by dried cherry and eucalyptus.

Female: Cinnamon toast crunch topped with fresh raspberry fruit on the nose. Raspberry turning to cranberry in the mouth. A silky mouthfeel finishing with nice acid.
Amity Vineyards 2006 Winemakers Reserve Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, $50.00
282 cases produced

(87)
Male: Subtle aromas. Nicely balanced. Good mouthfeel with a lingering finish.

Female: Nice sipping wine! Sweet red berries, slightly candied. Soft and fruity style.
Artisanal Wine Cellars 2006 Jubilee Vineyard Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, $28.00
150 cases produced

(87)
Male: The aromas are earthy with light red fruit, cola and graham cracker too. Nice body. Notes of fresh pomegranate, chocolate, plum, and light strawberry on the palate. Nice mouthfeel. This would complement a beet salad.

Female: Floral, raspberry and spice define the wonderful nose on this wine. Bright raspberry fruit is carried along the palate with violets and black pepper.
Barbara Thomas Wines 2005 Vigna Giovanni Pinot Noir
Yamhill Carlton District, $39.00
311 cases produced

(87)
Male: Cranberry cobbler and smoky bacon aromas. Dark cherry flavors turning prunish on the long finish.

Female: The husky fruit forward nose is replicated on the palate. Bright acidity. One of judges stated, " I like the spice."
Bargetto 2006 Reserve Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains, $40.00
254 cases produced

(87)
Male: Pleasant aromas. Classic pinot. Good intensity. For me, it is a bit high in acidity. Most of the flavors are in the front of mouth. Soft on tannins.

Female: Nice bright fruit in the nose. Raspberry in the mouth with high acidity. A food wine with a long finish. The fruit lingers.
Brancott 2007 Pinot Noir
South Island New Zealand, $15.99

(87)
Male: Black cherry and very attractive oak on the nose. Juicy black cherry accented by the oak, a bit too oaky for me.

Female: An earthy style nose highlighting forest floor aromas. A nice wine -balanced, delicate, and elegant. Not over complicated with a medium-long finish. Pleasant.
Carneros Creek Winery 2005 GRAIL Pinot Noir
Carneros, $40.00
950 cases produced

(87)
Male: Spice, earthiness and a little wood on the nose. The mouth is pleasant with black cherry flavors and good acids on the finish.

Female: Nice pinot. Aromas and flavors display lots of layers. Well integrated.
Chaddsford Winery 2006 Pinot Noir
Pennsylvania, $14.99
2655 cases produced

(87)
Male: The nose leads toward pomegranate. Light bodied with red fruit flavors and backnotes of plum. There is a spicy and tangy finish. Old world style. Fresh and zesty.

Female: Earthy and mushroomy aromas. The palate opens to pomegranate and strawberry flavors. One of our panelists wrote, "I prefer the mouth to the nose." Balanced with nice acidity.
David Bruce Winery 2006 Estate Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains, $100.00
927 cases produced

(87)
Male: Rich and balanced. Classic Pinot on the palate, soft and lush with a blend of red berries and dried tea leaves on the long finish. Great food wine.

Female: The nose emits aromas of light red fruit and rose petals. The palate is simple now in its youth but this wine will break out and be fabulous!
Dogwood Cellars 2006 Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $40.00
145 cases produced

(87)
Male: Soft and understated nose with definitive varietal character. Nice range of fruit flavors. A good example of cool climate Pinot Noir.

Female: The nose is appealing with cherry and sour cherry notes. Dark fruit flavors. The palate is creamy. Nicely integrated. Nice wine!
Fess Parker 2006 Ashley's Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $55.00
1800 cases produced

(87)
Male: Earthy, blackberry, cassis, and a touch of funkiness in the nose. Dark fruit at first that is then overwhelmed by the oak.

Female: The fresh berries, smoke, oak, black fruit, and acid are big! Tannins are proportionate. Fruit lingers on the long finish.
Firesteed 2005 Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, $30.00
2000 cases produced

(87)
Male: Shy black cherry on the nose. Cherry pie in a sweet pie crust in the mouth. Drying tannins with a sweet and tart cherry finish. Needs time, right now the tannins are overwhelming the fruit.

Female: Cola and red fruit on the nose. Dark cherry and cola notes in the mouth. The oak is quite prominent on the finish but this wine should age well.
Hahn Estates 2006 Pinot Noir
Monterey, $20.00
30447 cases produced

(87)
Male: The nose is complex: cola, mint, cherry, and rhubarb pie combine. The palate has a solid core of dark red fruit. There is racy acidity on the strong finish.

Female: Pomegranate, rosemary and subtle tangerine aromas deliver a lovely wine onto the palate. Nice texture. This wine is comfy, like a turtleneck sweater. Enjoy!
Hunterdon 2007 Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $16.00
3045 cases produced

(87)
Male: Very shy, red fruit on the nose. Soft ,pleasant and easy to drink with a touch of oak.

Female: Fresh raspberry throughout. Nicely balanced with a pleasant finish.
Laetitia 2007 Estate Pinot Noir
Arroyo Grande Valley, $25.00
13000 cases produced

(87)
Male: Fruit compote and smoke aromas. Solid dark fruit on the palate. Oak on the finish. Good balance.

Female: Raspberry, black cherry and spicy notes on the nose. Dark fruit in the mouth. This is a baby! The oak is prominent right now but the fruit will triumph in time.
Little Black Dress 2006 Pinot Noir
France, vin du pays d\' oc, $9.99
10000 cases produced

(87)
Male: The nose tells of a pretty, young thing. And she is!

Female: The nose is exotic - Asian spice and ginger. The flavors of nice sour cherry are enhanced by the light oak notes. Well integrated.
Longboard Vineyards 2007 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $33.00
1340 cases produced

(87)
Male: Complex flavors of strawberry, rhubarb and raspberry fruit blended with light oak. Nice finish with medium tannins.

Female: Violets and orange peel aromas. The palate is soft and friendly.
Lucas & Lewellen 2005 Hilltop Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara County, $26.00
1377 cases produced

(87)
Male: Very ripe prune aromas that carry through onto the palate. Balanced with soft tannins.

Female: The barnyard and cranberry nose opens to cherry on the palate, finishing with tart cranberry. Nice acid!
Manzoni 2006 Private Reserve Manzoni Family Estate Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $45.00
90 cases produced

(87)
Male: The aromas evoke memories of sweet, ripe summer red fruit. The flavors are bright and juicy, loaded with cherry flavors. Smooth tannins and bright acid. The wine is balanced with a long finish.

Female: The wine is clean and deep red in color. Sweet, stewed fruit on the nose and in the mouth loaded with big time raisins, defining the palate. Good structure and weight. Ripe raisiny quality is the memorable note.
Orentano 2004 Estate Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $40.00
415 cases produced

(87)
Male: Deeply colored. Aromas of raisins, oak, spice, and vanilla. In the mouth the wine is well oaked with shy fruit and moderate tannin. A bit over the top for me: “zinny” (zin like).

Female: Dense color. Rich ripe berries. Yum! Fruit forward with a long and fruity finish. Lovely mouthfeel.
Paraiso 2007 Estate Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $25.00
8900 cases produced

(87)
Male: Oak, rose petals, charcoal, and simple red fruit aromas. Sweet cherries and spice flavors. Needs food.

Female: Cherry, black cherry and lavender on the nose and in the mouth. Heavy clove joins mid-palate. Needs time.
Phillips Hill 2007 Toulouse Vineyard Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $42.00
175 cases produced

(87)
Male: The nose delivers mocha and brown sugared fruit aromas. The palate is soft with cherry and brown spices. Some richness in the mouth with wild tannins on the finish.

Female: Raspberry muffins aromas. Red and a touch of sweet black fruit on the palate with pleasant vanilla on finish.
Prix Vineyards 2006 Fagan Creek Vineyard: Block 38 Pinot Noir
Napa Valley, $50.00
375 cases produced

(87)
Male: The nose emits deep spicy cherry with clove and black pepper dominant. The palate is mostly cherry. A simple wine with balanced acid and chewy tannins on the medium-long finish.

Female: Medium red-orange in color. The aromas show super ripe fruit with cedar notes. The palate begins with pronounced plum and blueberry fruit joined by oak mid to late.
Steele 2005 Parmelee-Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma Valley, $28
400 cases produced

(87)
Male: Sweet tomato, dark cherry, and a touch of oak of the nose. The palate is bright red cherry accented by spice with a touch of acid on the finish. Nice fruit from a warmer climate region.

Female: Cooked strawberry on the nose. Light strawberry, clove, and a touch of oak in the mouth.
Stoller 2006 Estate Pinot Noir
Dundee Hills, $40.00
1578 cases produced

(87)
Male: Great nose! Rich blend of strawberry and raspberry fruit. Simple and easy to drink.

Female: Yum! Exotic perfume of with rose, violet, animal, and earth notes. High acid but very stylish and elegant.
The Four Graces 2006 Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, $27.00
7400 cases produced

(87)
Male: Shy cherry fruit on the nose. Bright cherry fruit in the mouth. Firm but ripe tannins and lots of acid on the long finish.

Female: The nose is closed with just a touch of light red fruit peeking through. Light red fruit: pomegranate and cranberry on entry with earthy notes entering mid-palate through the long finish.
TITI Egri 2005 Pinot Noir
Eger, Hungary, $20.00
4000 cases produced

(87)
Male: This wine shows classic old world character while attempting to bring the fruit forward profile of the new world. The strengths of this Pinot Noir are the cherry fruit mifd-palate and the bright acidity on the finish.

Female: Very light in color. The nose is a dusty and earthy. European in style at first, a touch rustic and earthy. In the mouth, bright cherry fruit on the palate is very attractive.
Vision Cellars 2006 Rosella Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $50.00
360 cases produced

(87)
Male: Soft and mellow. Pleasant, almost a warming characteristic. Smoke and violets on the nose. The palate is ripe, sweet raspberry.

Female: Baking spices, red fruit, almonds, and pear aromas. Very pleasant in the mouth, reminiscent of a raspberry tart, Good texture, balance and finish.
Anaba 2006 Estate J McK Vineyard Pinot Noir
Carneros, $42.00
207 cases produced

(86)
Male: Strawberry, rhubarb and heavy oak emanates from the glass and continues unto the palate. Forward tasting versus an elegant Pinot style. The silky finish is surprising but welcome. Could this wine be in a state of flux?

Female: Light cherry, black pepper, vanilla, cola, and camphor on the nose. The palate has big tannins but the flavors are nicely softened on the long finish.
Carneros Creek Winery 2007 Reserve Pinot Noir
Carneros, $25.00
14000 cases produced

(86)
Male: Aromas of Luden's Cherry Cough Drops, leather, damp earth, spice, and black cherry, replicate on the palate with smooth tannins and bright acid on the long finish.

Female: The color is medium purple-red. Vanilla, oak and raspberry aromas deliver red cherry and raspberry fruit flavors with a noticeable wood component. Pleasant.
Demetria Estate 2006 Cuvee Sandra Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $65.00
600 cases produced

(86)
Male: Warm cherry and spice with forest floor earthiness in the nose. Good middle fruit. Nice barrel elements. Needs time.

Female: Sweet and sour cherry aromas are highlighted by floral notes. Sweet dark cherry fruit on entry throught the finish. Intense. Not typical Pinot Noir.
Five Rivers 2006 Pinot Noir
Central Coast, $13.99
35000 cases produced

(86)
Male: An expressive spiced nose with whole cluster aromatics lead to a wonderfully fruity palate with lots of Bing cherry and nice acid ont he finish.

Female: The nose is layered with cherry, strawberry and spices. Cherry on entry turning to sour cherry notes on the finish. Very fruity, a nice sipper.
Foris 2006 Maple Ranch Pinot Noir
Rogue Valley, $30.00
917 cases produced

(86)
Male: Cherry pie and smoky rhubarb aromas deliver onto the palate. Lush with pinot-like floral finish.

Female: Sweet cherry and clove aromas. Framboise and cherry flavors. Slightly sharp and angular with citric notes.
Gazzi 2005 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma, $36
100 cases produced

(86)
Male: A fascinating nose of exotic spices and leather, all of which carry through to the palate and through the long finish. The mouthfeel is both silky and tingly.

Female: Sweet plum with cloves on the nose. The palate is not as full as the aromas promise.
Hahn SLH 2006 Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $29.00
2800 cases produced

(86)
Male: Slight cola on the nose. Simple, straight forward cherry flavors on entry through finish.

Female: Cranberry, fresh strawberry and a touch of mint on the nose. Fresh red fruit on the delicate palate. Nice acid on the finish.
Londer Vineyards 2006 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $50.00
490 cases produced

(86)
Male: The nose was a bit closed with some nice spice and fruit peeking through Black cherry and light spice in mouth. Young - needs time.

Female: Lavender aromas. Sour cherry flavors. Nice!
Pedroncelli 2006 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $18.00
3700 cases produced

(86)
Male: Green notes on the nose. The mouth is rounder with red fruit.

Female: Cherry and earth on the nose. Sweet cherry fruit in mouth. Nicely integrated oak. Very pleasant acidity.
Silver Pines Vineyards 2005 Silver Pines Vineyards Pinot Noir
Bennett Valley, $55.00
185 cases produced

(86)
Male: Big, dark and earthy aromas evolve into dark fruit on the palate, turning tart late.

Female: Dark fruit on the nose opening with pleasant strawberry flavors moving dark plum and finishing with sour cherry notes.
Stag Hollow 2005 Vendange Selection (Harvest Selection) Pinot Noir
Yamhill-Carlton District, Oregon, $36.00
72 cases produced

(86)
Male: The nose is slightly restrained with wild berries and black cherry notes. Ripe fruit on the palate, mostly raspberry with herb backnotes. Supple tannins. Nice raspberry flavors linger on the finish.

Female: Dense, dark color. Red fruit on the nose and palate. Fruity style. The medium long finish has a touch of bitterness.
Steele 2005 Bien Nacido Vineyard Block N Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara County, $38
500 cases produced

(86)
Male: Dark in color. Smoke and mushrooms on the nose with dark cherry fruit accented by toasty, smoky notes.

Stephen's 2006 Stromsoe Vineyard Pinot Noir
San Luis Obispo County, $30.00
350 cases produced

(86)
Male: Warm spice and raspberry aromas. Yummy middle fruit. Good acid and structure.

Female: Cherry cough syrup on the nose. Dark ripe fruit on entry through mid where sour cherry and vanilla join in. Nice acid on the finish.
Whitehaven 2006 Pinot Noir
Marlborough, $30.00
6000 cases produced

(86)
Male: Forest floor aromas evolve into cherry flavors accented by earth. A complex wine. Silky and smooth.

Female: Aromas of cinnamon, cherry, dried ginger, Asian spices, and strawberry promising a complex wine. The nose is more interesting than the wine right now. Light bodied in the mouth with bright acidity. The cherry and raspberry fruit flavors don't hold through the finish.
Adobe Road Winery 2006 O'Neel Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $48.00
250 cases produced

(85)
Male: A wine for those who like lots of oak on their Pinot. Strawberry and oak aromas carry through onto the palate where the oak overwhelms the fruit. Very noticeable oak tannin on the finish.

Female: There is a touch of oak accenting the cranberry aromas. Very light in color, possibly some age here. Light red fruit with lots of oak showing through. The tannins hang in there. Will this wine age well?
Claiborne & Churchill 2006 Pinot Noir
Edna Valley, $24.00
2786 cases produced

(85)
Male: Soft and deep fruit aromas with rose petal and spice accents. Light in color. Very likeable with nice crisp acidity.

Female: Mushrooms and light strawberry aromas and flavors. Very pleasant.
Fess Parker 2007 Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara County, $28.00
12563 cases produced

(85)
Male: The color is nice and rich. Classic Pinot nose. The mouth is big with lots of tannin but will work great with grilled meats.

Female: The nose is delicate: light baking spice, black pepper, pomegranate and does prepare you for the full mouth flavors of cherry, plum and baking spice. The finish is somewhat tannic and a bit harsh.
Fetzer Valley Oaks 2006 Pinot Noir
France, Vin du Pays d'Oc, $8.99
50000 cases produced

(85)
Male: The nose is complex - cherry cough drop, cola, clove, cedar, and bright cherry. The aromas echo softly on the palate. There are firm tannins on the medium-long finish

Female: The color is deep garnet. Initially the nose is reticent but opens to red fruit with brown baking spices. Sweet, almost candied red fruit on entry with nice acid joining mid through the finish.
Gala Rouge 2006 Pinot Noir
Vin du Pays d'Oc, France, $9.99
10000 cases produced

(85)
Male: An elegant nose leads to light cranberry flavors in the mouth. The wine is lean and tight, but nicely structured. Pleasant. Needs food to shine.

Female: Deep dark red in the glass with immense dark fruit aromas that lead to cola and cherry flavors with a hint of tobacco notes. An unremarkable finish but decent earthy notes on mid-palate.
Hagafen 2006 Pinot Noir
Napa Valley, $32.00
1000 cases produced

(85)
Male: Mint aromas over soft jammy red fruit. Light mouthfeel. The tannins are a bit rough tannins.

Female: Mint aromas. Juicy red fruit with a bit too much oak on the finish. Nice acid.
Lucas & Lewellen 2006 Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara County, $20.00
8400 cases produced

(85)
Male: Cooked cherries with green pepper notes on the nose. Clean red cherry fruit in the mouth. Good acidity and structure.

Female: Very light in color. The nose is predominantly rose petals. Sweet red cherries on entry through the finish.
Red Bicyclette 2005 Pinot Noir
Vin de Pays d’Oc, $12.00
70,000 cases produced

(85)
Male: Garnet in color. Very ripe aromas and flavors. Almost syrupy with eucalyptus, dried tea leaf accents and smoky bacon on the finish.

Female: Raspberry, mocha, cinnamon, and bark aromas. Cherry cola flavors from start to finish.
Sanctuary 2005 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, $36.00
1851 cases produced

(85)
Male: Very dark reddish purple in the glass. Hefty dark fruit in the mouth accented and almost but not quite overpowered with toasted oak and plenty of dry tannins. This is a big wine.

Female: Super dark in color. Very intense in color, nose and on the palate. Toasted graham crackers on the nose suggesting toasty oak. The fruit flavors are dark cherry moving to sour cherry on the finish.
Trinchero Main Street 2007 Pinot Noir
Napa Valley, $12.00
8300 cases produced

(85)
Male: The nose is fairly shy but pleasant. When it opens, it reveals oak and black cherry. Candied cherry on the palate - fairly rich and structured. Very dry on the finish.

Female: Sweet lilies of the valley in the glass. Sweet red fruit on the palate with a very tart and dry finish.
Valerie's Vineyard 2006 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $49.95
130 cases produced

(85)
Male: The nose has a little burnt wood at first that overlays the fruit. Red fruit on entry with young aggressive tannins joining mid-palate. Needs time.

Female: Somewhat closed at first but then opening to strawberry, cherry and a touch of lavender. There is heavy clove on the finish. Will integrate with time but oak dominates for now.
Balletto Vineyards 2007 Estate Bottled Burnside Road Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $34.00
315 cases produced

(84)
Male: A lovely rich nose expressing red and black fruit, mint, forest and earth notes. Lots of ripe red fruit with a high toned spice component. Nice!

Female: Dark fruit with mint notes in the glass and on the palate. Oak joins mid and stays late.
Foppiano Vineyards 2006 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $28.00
3100 cases produced

(84)
Male: Woody and earthy aromas open to sweet cherry flavors. Smoky with soft tannins mid-palate through the finish.

Female: Oaky and smoky with dark fruit on the nose. Sweet dark fruit with underlying oak on entry through mid, turning to sour cherry on the finish.
Londer Vineyards 2006 Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $35.00
3047 cases produced

(84)
Male: Light strawberry on the nose. Strawberry continues onto the palate and through the medium-long finish. Good tannin structure.

Female: Red cherry on the nose and palate with earthy mid through late. Pleasant. Not a blockbuster.
Napa Cellars 2007 Pinot Noir
Napa Valley, $26.00
6500 cases produced

(84)
Male: Light Bing cherry, mint and wet leaves on the nose. On the palate, the fruit is tight with a dry toasty finish.

Female: Clear deep red/purple in color with strong cassis aromas. Cherry flavors with a hint of pine. Moderate weight with a chalky texture.
Northfield 2007 Home Creek Pinot Noir
Waipara Valley, $35.00
800 cases produced

(84)
Male: The nose is pure cherry cream soda. Bright red cherry in the mouth with bright acid on the finish. Simple.

Female: The nose has spicy blue fruit with hints of clove and vanilla. On the palate, there are forward plum fruit flavors with earthy background accents. Medium bodied with moderate length, finishing with spices and stewed fruit flavors.
Seawind 2007 La Encantada Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $44.00
73 cases produced

(84)
Male: Black cherry earthy, almost dusty aromas lead to the palate which is rich and full-bodied. Moderate tannins on the earthy finish.

Female: The exotic spice aromas are very alluring but don't deliver the excitement onto the palate. The palate and finish are quite subdued.
Sheldon 2006 Kendric Vineyard Pinot Noir
Marin, $45.00
180 cases produced

(84)
Male: Black fruit on the nose with hints of orange peel. Earth middle mouth of cooked cherries. Good acidity.

Female: Minty black cherry aromas replicate on the palate, Interesting red wine but not typical Pinot Noir character.
Artisanal Wine Cellars 2006 Adams Vineyard Pinot Noir
Chehalem Mountains, $28.00
286 cases produced

(83)
Male: Simple and light. Easy to enjoy.

Female: Sour cherry aromas and flavors. Tasted great with a Margarita pizza.
Bliss Family Vineyards 2007 Pinot Noir
North Coast, $16.00
4000 cases produced

(83)
Male: Simple cherry throughout.

Female: Simple and easy to like. Spicy floral notes on the nose. Cherries on entry moving to sour cherries on the finish. Nice acid to complement food.
Prix Vineyards 2006 California Soleil Vineyard:
North Block
Pinot Noir
Napa Valley, $50.00
275 cases produced

(83)
Male: Oaky aromas accent the roasted dark fruit. On the palate, burnt caramel and dark fruit carry through to the finish. Drying tannins.

Female: A bit high in alcohol with tart cranberry heavily accented by lots of oak. The same is delivered onto the palate and carries through to the end.
Shady Lane Cellars 2007 Estate Pinot Noir
Leelanau Peninsula, $22.00
800 cases produced

(83)
Male: Pleasant aromatic of cranberry and light spice. The light red fruit intensifies mid-palate and lingers. The wine finishes with cranberry notes and nice acid.

Female: Very light in color. Light cranberry on the nose replicating on the palate finishing with cleansing acid.
Stephen's 2006 Estate Pinot Noir
York Mountain, $47.00
150 cases produced

(83)
Male: The nose is unusual; mocha, exotic wood and sour cherries. The palate has a good range of cherry flavors with light tannins and good acid.

Female: Lots of eucalyptus here - on the nose and in the mouth. Ripe fruit flavors join the minty notes mid through the finish.
Stoneleigh 2007 Pinot Noir
Marlborough, New Zealand, $15.99

(83)
Male: Light red and bright in the glass. Lovely peppermint and sweet cherries on the nose. Sweet almost candied fruit in the mouth accented by nice acids and spice on the finish. The ripe fruit delivers a buoyant mouthfeel.

Female: Aromas of cherry cola, plum, raspberry, chocolate, and black pepper. Nice! The mouth is not as complex. Very sweet red fruit on the palate finishing clean.
Balletto Vineyards 2007 Estate Bottled Winery Block 2007 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $34.00
295 cases produced

(82)
Male: Very sweet red fruit on the nose and in the mouth. A hint of herbs creeps in mid-palate. Soft tannins.

Female: The nose is a mix of red and black berries. Inviting. The wine is soft throughout. Nice.
Barbara Thomas Wines 2006 Vigna Giovanni Pinot Noir
Yamhill Carlton District, $39.00
187 cases produced

(82)
Male: Lean minerally aromas lead to a palate with cranberry and a touch of green notes. Soft tannins of the finish.

Female: Strawberry fruit on entry. There is a flood of acidity mid-palate but then the fruit fills in again on the finish. Very soft tannins.
Chaddsford Winery 2005 Miller Estate Vineyard Miller Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
Pennsylvania, $34.99
303 cases produced

(82)
Male: Dusty, earthy and red fruit on the nose. Cherries and orange peel flavors. Light tannins. Short but bright and clear finish.

Female: Light in color. Light red fruit on entry turning to sour cherry flavors on the finish.
Expression 44 2006 Willakia Vineyard Pinot Noir
Eola - Amity Hills, Oregon, $48.00
826 cases produced

(82)
Male: Soft caramel and light cinnamon spice on the nose. The palate has sweet dark fruit with heavy earthy notes.

Female: Barnyard and mushroom aromas in the glass. Dark fruit with big tannins on the palate. A very masculine wine.
Knightsdale 2005 Pinot Noir
Mendocino County, $13.95
1457 cases produced

(82)
Male: Lacquered wood aromas overlay the ripe fruit. Dark and very ripe, almost prune flavors. Oaky and leafy. Not my style.

Female: Warm red and black fruit aromas, deliver the same in the mouth. Leafy accents throughout. Acid is there. Very pleasant.
Lucas J. 2007 Jasper Family Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $50.00
242 cases produced

(82)
Male: Darkly colored with dark aromas. The wine is big and bold, dark fruited and oaky. A big style for those who prefer their Pinots Syrah-like.

Female: Forest and berry aromas with oaky notes. Currant flavors on the palate with lots of oak and tannin on the finish.
Oak Knoll Winery 2006 Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, $18.00
5726 cases produced

(82)
Male: Cooked fruit on the nose. Oak is prominent and overpowers the fruit. Bright acidity comes through on the finish.

Female: Bright strawberry on the nose. Dark berry fruit in the mouth. Nice acidity on the finish.
Phillips Hill 2007 Oppenlander Pinot Noir
Mendocino, $45.00
450 cases produced

(82)
Male: Juicy cherry, layers of plum, dark chocolate and woodsy notes. Possible Syrah influence here. Blood orange peel notes late.

Female: Earth and mushrooms in the nose. Bing cherry flavors dominate the flavors on the full palate delivery. Medium acid. Well balanced.
Pisa Range 2004 Black Poplar Vineyard Pinot Noir
Central Otago, $33.00
500 cases produced

(82)
Male: The nose consists of redwood, warm spice and cedar aromas. Sour cherry flavors on the palate with medium tannins.

Female: Woodsy aromas lead to sweet dark fruit on entry turning quite sour on the finish.
Sheldon 2005 Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $45.00
235 cases produced

(82)
Male: Cherry and rhubarb with brown spice aromas. The middle is tight with some sour fruit showing through. The tannins standout. Youthful? Not sure whether or not this will integrate with time.

Female: Deep color with blue tints. Cherry cough drops on the nose. Cherry and eucalyptus flavors moving to tobacco and coffee through the finish. The oak tannins are very prominent.
Vesztergombi Pince 2006 Pinot Noir
Szekszárd, Hungary
5000 cases produced

(82)
Male: Very ripe black fruit aromatics replicating on the palate. Simple.

Female: Intense in color. Smith Brother's chery cough drops on the nose delivering the same onto the palate. Pleasant sour cherry notes on the finish.
Allan Scott 2007 Pinot Noir
Marlborough, $24.00
10000 cases produced

(81)
Male: Oak and cherry aromas. Well oaked dark red Pinot fruits on the palate. The finish has bright acid.

Female: The nose is tight at first then opens to light cherry and vanilla notes. The palate is very fruity and a touch spritzy. Tasty, like black cherry soda pop.
Borghese Vineyard 2005 Barrel Fermented Pinot Noir
North Fork of Long Island, $44.00
250 cases produced

(81)
Male: Smoke, spice and cooked cherry aromas. Light cherry flavors accented by smoke and spice. Gripping tannins but the finish is fresh.

Female: Smoky sour cherry aromas lead to a very light palate od red fruit. Tannins are prominent.
Castello di Borghese Vineyard 2005 Estate Pinot Noir
North Fork of Long Island, $28.99
600 cases produced

(81)
Male: Cranberry, damp earth and mushroom aromas. The middle fruit is very tight with tomatoes and cranberries on the finish.

Female: Mushrooms and damp earth aromas with very light red fruit on entry through the finish.
Stone Paddock 2007 Pinot Noir
Central Otago, $25.00
1000 cases produced

(81)
Male: Cherry cream, spice and light earth tone aromas. Rhubarb and dill weed flavors on entry expanding to tart, dried cherries mid-palate. The finish is lush.

Female: A touch of sulfur on the nose and then sweet blue and red fruit. The fruit entry is pleasing but then sharpens mid to late.
Valley of the Moon 2006 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $20.00
5400 cases produced

(81)
Male: Strawberry with cloves and mint in the glass and in the mouth. Decent fruit and acid. Simple.

Female: Lots of oak here. Vanilla, tarragon and some dark fruit on the nose. The oak is assertive.
Henry Estate 1999 Winemaker Reserve Pinot Noir
Umpqua Valley, $50.00
400 cases produced

(80)
Male: Sexy sweat and animal aromas with generous savory cherry flavors. Balanced acid and alcohol. Chewy tannins and a long finish.

Female: There is a touch of orange peel on nose with forest floor dominating. The palate starts green and slightly sharp. It rounds a bit to offer up some nice cherry flavors.
Henry Estate Pinot Noir 2004 Barrel Select Pinot Noir
Umpqua Valley, $30.00
600 cases produced

(80)
Male: Barnyard, black cherry and subtle oak aromas. Black cherry on the palate. There is a lot of wood on the that over powers the fruit, The finish is clean with supple tannins.

Female: Black fruit on entry through mid-palate turning sour mid through the finish. Lots of oak here.
Kenwood Vineyards 2006 Reserve Pinot Noir
Russian River, $30.00
1200 cases produced

(80)
Male: The nose is softer and jammy with some light spice accents. The wine is lean and angular in the mouth with hard tannins around its edges that may soften with time.

Female: The nose is pure perfume. The mouth is lean.

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Braganini Reserve 2007 Pinot Noir
Lake Michigan Shore, $19.99
500 cases produced

(79)
Male: We only received one bottle of this and our judgment is based on that. The color in the glass tending toward brown. The nose is earthy. Light fruit on the palate.

Female: This is the first time we tasted this wine and we only received one bottle of this. Our judgment is based on that one bottle. The color is so light as to be rosé like. Light strawberry aromas. Very light red fruit flavors on entry turning quite sour - pink grapefruit on the finish.
Lamoreaux Landing 2006 Estate Bottled Round Rock Vineyard Pinot Noir
Finger Lakes, $19.99
168 cases produced

(79)
Male: Dusty mineral and earthy aromas. Very light red fruit on the palate.

Female: Light raspberry in color, there is a touch of barnyard on the nose which then opens to light strawberry fruit aromas. Sour strawberry flavors on entry with lemon on the finish.
LoMac Winery 2007 Caliche Vineyard Pinot Noir
California, $29.00

(79)
Male: The nose is pinot-like with smoke, floral and earth notes. Very floral flavors. Different but no vices.

Female: Earth, mushrooms and red berry aromas. The palate is very fruity. Simple.