The Pinot Noir Shootout...
A Wine Challenge

The Male Pinot Noir Lovers first choice at The Pinot Summit on February 10, 2007 was Sojourn Cellars 2005 Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast.

The Female Pinot Noir Lovers first choice at The Pinot Summit on February 10, 2007 was Sonnet 2004 Tondre's Grapefield Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands.


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TR Elliott 2004 Three Plumes Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $32
320 cases produced

(95) Pink
Male: Light ruby in color, this medium-bodied wine has a heady nose with rich, ripe strawberry, light cherry, rhubarb, and cinnamon. It is soft and luscious on the palate. The red fruit components are accented by milk chocolate, smoky oak, earth, and mushroom flavors. There are hints of herbs on the finish and lots of mouth-filling acidity. Paired nicely with the roasted mushrooms.

Female: The nose displays bright cherry, hints of violets, and oak notes. The palate delivers bright flavors of cherry, raspberry and cola notes with a pretty supple texture, shows some oak in the nose. This wine was noticeably better with food. The cleansing acidity was the perfect foil to the mushrooms and beef.
Phillips Hill Estates 2005 Oppenlander Vineyard Pinot Noir, Mendocino, $40
200 cases produced

(94.5) Wedgewood
Male: Red garnet in color, this Pinot Noir shows black cherry, black plum, tobacco and savory meats on the nose with dark blueberries, cranberry and plum in the mouth accented with a touch of fennel, Soft and ripe with nice acid on the slightly bitter finish.

Female: Deep purple in color, the nose is reminiscent of Burgundy - strawberry, tart cherry, rose petal, and spice. Cherry spice and lush fruit on the palate. Good balance. A cooler climate wine - New Zealand or Oregon?
Bogle Vineyards 2004 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $13
17,000 cases produced

(94) Light Green
Male: Velvet, raspberry, cherry, and a hint of cola on the nose. Very sexy on palate with a silky texture. Soft – Russian River style, raspberry, cinnamon and allspice. Generous and very satisfying. Nicely balanced and complex. Good with food.

Female: Oak, sweet cinnamon and ripe cherry aromas evolving to nice strawberry, raspberry, cinnamon flavors with nice acidity. Good complexity. Even better with food.
D'Argenzio 2004 Klopp Thorn Ridge Ranch Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $48
286 cases produced

(94) Gray
Male: Light garnet in the glass. Cherry, strawberries and rhubarb on the nose carrying through onto the palate with added layers of violet. This is a dense wine with a long finish and good acidity.

Female: The color shows some age. Bright tomato, raspberry and rhubarb flavors with a silky texture. Good length on the finish with added notes of cola. Nice acidity.
Davis Family Vineyards 2004 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $38
900 cases produced

(94) Gold
Male: Cocoa, black cherry, blackberry and sage aromas deliver layers of elegant and alluring flavors...dark chocolate, raspberry, plum...a sexy wine. Beautiful balance. Nice acidity. Good food wine!

Female: Bright raspberry with hints of vanilla and toasted almond on the nose and in the mouth. Easy to drink. A supple and elegant wine.
Sonoma Coast Vineyards 2004 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, $60
1043 cases produced

(94) Red
Male: The nose is juicy and inviting with lots of fruit - jammy raspberry, cherry, black currant with exotic mocha notes - these aromas carry through onto the palate producing fabulous flavors with dark plum and cinnamon joining in mid-palate. Velvety.

Female: Good texture and balance, the nose of this Pinot Noir is Burgundian, foresty aromas are back notes to the strawberry and strawberry jam. On the palate this wine is elegant and silky with a finish that goes on and on.
Wild Horse Winery and Vineyards 2004 Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County, $60
198 cases produced

(94) Dark Blue
Male: Crisp and tasty. Pure pleasure. Wild cherry and blackberry aromas in the glass. Lovely little wine with layered fruit in the mouth. Excellent balance - a well made wine. Cries out for roasted chicken.

Female: Ripe and full-bodied with cherry, vanilla and strawberry on the nose and palate. Sweet and pretty in the mouth. Generous oak and a drying finish. Even better with food.
Woodenhead 2004 Morning Dew Ranch Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, $46
166 cases produced

(94) Coral
Male: This wine appeals to your senses. Forest floor, Vermont maple syrup and dark fruit aromas carry through onto to your palate with an elegant and sexy delivery.

Female: Dark, ripe and oaky in the nose, ripe with black cherry, raspberry, cranberry and vanilla on the palate. Intense flavors.
Kenneth Volk Vineyards 2004 Sierra Madre Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, $36
340 cases produced

(93.5) Green
Male: Aromas of cherries, barnyard, dry cherries, pomegranate, and cinnamon. Burgundy? Russian River? There is a minerality here. An “authentic” Pinot Noir with a silky texture, ripe acidity, plums. European in style, concentrated, softly tannic with a lengthy finish - nicely balanced. Explodes with beef – quite impressive!

Female: Earthy, brambly, foresty with lots of cola. Russian River? Distinctive minerality, bright, pleasing on the palate with raspberry jam flavors. Good weight carried on a nice frame of acidity.
Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards 2005 Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County, $12
3,458 cases produced

(93.5) Pumpkin
Male: Deep cherry and sweet ripe fruit aromas become cherry and black fruit on the palate. A very elegant wine with nice acidity on the finish.

Female: An elegant wine, the nose is dusty with rose petals and violets. A very feminine wine. Soft on the palate with beautiful balance. Subtle yet complex. Great with the tri-tip!
Ortman Family Vineyards 2004 Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills, $40
120 cases produced

(93.5) Hot Pink
Male: Deep garnet in color, this full bodied wine greets you with brown baking spice that overlays deep black fruit aromas. The black fruit is delivered onto the palate joined by cardamom and tarragon mid-palate through the finish. The finish is medium plus in length and is heightened and made more memorable by added notes of orange peel.

Female: Big and rich in the mouth, the nose initially is dominated by oak with black cherry, black pepper and brown baking spice revealing themselves as the wine opens. The black cherry and brown spice are delivered onto the palate with vanilla displayed on the finish.
Stephen's Cellar 2004 Encell Pinot Noir, San Luis Obispo County, $32
230 cases produced

(93.5) Dark Gray
Male: Powerful, lush, yummy! Sandalwood, rose petals, chocolate and dark fruit aromas. Red fruit with mushrooms and earth in the mouth. Balanced and classy Pinot Noir style.

Female: A muscular wine with aromas of baked cherries. Bright raspberry and cherry flavors with rhubarb and vanilla accents that carry throughout.
David Noyes Wines 2004 Dutton Ranches Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $34
630 cases produced

(93) Forest Green
Male: Roasted meats mingle with raspberry and violets on this enticing nose. Old world character on the palate. Good structure with a slightly creamy texture - minerally and slightly earthy. Well balanced!

Female: Roses, strawberry, earthy and dried cherry aromas introduce this mouthwatering, nicely balanced wine with a full flavor profile. Silky and rich. Oh wow! The lavender on the tri-tip grabbed the florals in the wine to create an amazing combination.
Estancia 2004 Stonewall Vineyard Stonewall Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, $24.99
? cases produced

(93) Lime Green
Male: Black cherry jam aromas cola nut deliver juicy red and black fruit on the palate highlighted by tea and cinnamon notes. Extracted but lively and stylish.

Female: Lots of ripe cherry and generous oak. Earth, forest floor, chocolate and raspberry on the nose. Big and showy. The acid on the long finish cries out for food. A hedonistic but well made Pinot.
La Rochelle Winery 2004 Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, $75
95 cases produced

(93) Brick
Male: An elegant wine. Strawberry, meadow dried herbs, dried flowers and light dill on the nose. Deep, dark berry and cherry on entry with dried herb notes. A big viscous wine that will evolve nicely.

Female: The nose is smoky with cinnamon and bacon fat and then some green notes creep in but the palate is nice - good velvety texture with bright raspberry, cherry and chocolate on the palate. Lots of acid which makes the wine work well with the mushrooms.
Sojourn Cellars 2005 Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, $45
240 cases produced

(93) Black
Male: The subtle floral nose of rose petal and violet opens to slight cherry aromas delivering sweet black cherry on the palate with a hint of cinnamon. Seems to be a warmer climate Pinot. There is a bit of heat and zippy acidity on the finish.

Female: Watermelon and sour cherry on the nose. The palate is delicate with good solid strawberry and sweeter cherry flavors underscored by light herbal notes. This is a full bodied wine with a nice long finish. Warmer climate characteristics.
Belle Glos 2005 Las Alturas Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County, $50
1234 cases produced

(92.5) Burgundy
Male: Cream and blueberry nose with cinnamon notes. Yummy! Round and mouth filling with a nice smooth texture displaying creamy oak. Juicy and round - a drinker , not an ager. A real crowd pleaser.

Female: A deep garnet color with a slightly brickish rim. The nose is exotic, rose petals and tea over spicy cherry. Very juicy sweet fruit with clove, forest floor and mushroom back notes. Well balanced on the palate with a long bright finish. Shows warmer climate characteristics. Russian River Valley?
Castle Vineyards and Winery 2004 Sangiacomo Vineyards Pinot Noir, Carneros, $30
107 cases produced

(92.5) Tan
Male: Ripe and rich red fruit aromas carry through onto the palate joined by lots of spice. Nicely structured, very concentrated with good acidity.

Female: A very aromatic wine, unmistakably Pinot Noir. Plenty of spicy red cherry suggesting the Carneros appellation. Lots of tannin with dark plum on the palate - almost Syrah-like. Great with the mushrooms and the beef. Overpowered the salmon and the shrimp.
Laetitia Vineyard & Winery 2004 La Colline - Laetitia Vineyard Pinot Noir, Arroyo Grande Valley, $65
440 cases produced

(92.5) Turquoise
Male: Intriguing Thanksgiving spices, leather, roasted nuts, and black cherry greet you in the glass. Soft and supple, black cherry, cola nut and vanilla in the mouth. Good texture with tangible and enticing acidity.

Female: Aromas of cooked raspberry, dark-toned fruit, dried cranberry, Dr. Pepper, and vanilla carry through onto the palate. Rich and lovely. Great with the beef!
Row Eleven Wine Company 2004 Bien Nacido / Solomon Hills Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, $36
680 cases produced

(92.5) Lilac
Male: Pretty floral notes on the nose - violets and ripe raspberry. Jammy, sweet raspberry and currant in the mouth with a huge wave of cinnamon oak spice on the finish. Concentrated fruit - turbo-charged!

Female: The nose was closed at first opening slowly to some cherry, black pepper, mint, and vanilla. Subtle but nice. Better in the mouth - silky texture carrying the aromas onto the tongue. Nice acidity that complemented the mushrooms.
Artesa Winery 2005 Reserve Estate Pinot Noir, Carneros, $40
300 cases produced

(92) Peach
Male: The crème brûlée with light black spices overlaying raspberry fruit draws you in. The palate delivers bright red fruits - cherry and strawberry over deeper black cherry. Notes of fragrant wood and orange peel on the finish.

Female: Ooh! This is pretty! Rose petals, strawberry, cranberry, black pepper and mint on the nose. A generously fruited palate with a long finish. A pretty well-balanced wine with perceptibility of the tannins.
Aubin Cellars 2004 Verve Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $30
175 cases produced

(92) Beige
Male: Black plum color. The aromas are cherry and orange with exotic spice notes. Dense, turbo-charged fruit with cleansing acidity on the long finish.

Female: Bright, fresh cherry, pomegranate, white pepper aromas deliver onto to the palate where they are joined by vanilla and baking spice accents. Great balance.
Copeland Creek Vineyards 2004 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, $30
588 cases produced

(92) Blue
Male: A beautifully balanced wine. Burgundy? Luscious fruit accented by mushroom in the nose and on the palate, wonderful mouthfeel, good structure. Still very youthful.

Female: Clean Burgundian aromas showing dark raspberry, strawberry and leather. Silky raspberry and strawberry in the mouth accented by mineral notes. Definite barnyard back notes.
David Bruce Winery 2004 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains, $35
1953 cases produced

(92) Gray
Male: Sweet oak and fruit on the nose delivering red cherry, violets and spice on the palate. Caramel aromas and flavors underlay the more pronounced notes. Good acidity with slightly elevated alcohols. A good solid Pinot.

Female: The nose is earthy with cherry and light herbal notes. The palate is delicate with violet, sour cherry and spice flavors. The finish is long, dry and a traditional Pinot Noir finish that is a touch hot (showing heightened alcohol).
Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery 2004 Russian River Selection Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $42
7099 cases produced

(92) Steel Blue
Male: Medium color with slight bluish highlights. The aromatics are attractive - cranberry fruit with vanilla notes. The palate delivers raspberry, crunchy red and dark fruits – pomegranate and black cherry are evident. There is plenty of intense oak on the medium-long finish.

Female: This is a food wine! Initially the nose is quite funky showing barnyard notes but opens to reveal cherry fruit, toasty notes, mushrooms, mint, and earth. Raspberry, cream, tea leaves, soft earth, and a bit of baking spice on the palate. The mushrooms accented with balsamic vinegar paired beautifully with this wine bringing out the richness. The acidity in the mushrooms rounded out the acidity in the wine.
Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery 2004 Rochioli-Allen Vineyards Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $65
313 cases produced

(92) Yellow
Male: Aromatics of cumin, cinnamon, earth, and coffee. Gorgeous fruit and fabulous balance. Even better with food. Big and bold - dark fruit, cassis. Tannins for aging – 15 years! One of our panelists noted that it actually tastes more like a Meritage. If you like massive Pinot Noir, this one’s for you.

Female: Nice ripe cherry flavors with accents of vanilla and spice. Earthy notes are added on the palate. Finish is big – loaded with tannins.
Halleck Vineyard 2005 Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $55
140 cases produced

(92) Brown
Male: Deep ruby color. Buttered popcorn mixed with milk chocolate and raspberry on the nose. Ripe red fruit with floral notes on the palate. Concentrated fruit flavors, good balance and bright acidity with a long finish..

Female: A youthful wine. Sweet cherry, strawberry, black tea, clove, vanilla in the nose and in the mouth. Medium-low tannins. A cool climate Pinot. The finish is long with earth notes. Nice with the beef.
Lost Canyon Winery 2005 Saralee's Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $40
340 cases produced

(92) Gunmetal
Male: A very complex and layered wine. Dried forest herbs, plum, cherry kirsch, oak, chocolate and dill on the nose. Nice balance! Delicate rose petal, cherry and strawberry carry solidly through a long and pleasant finish.

Female: Fresh, bright strawberry, raspberry and violet - inviting nose. Delicate on the palate with good tannin structure. Youthful.
Paraiso 2005 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, $22
5100 cases produced

(92) Orange
Male: Super spicy white pepper and anise on the nose joined by a nice black cherry component on the palate interlaced with the spice flavors.

Female: Dark cherry and plum nose with underlying hints of earthiness. Bigger on the palate than expected with significant tannin but good fruit to balance. Adequate acid on the plum-like finish. Better as a sipper than with the food pairings.
Roessler Cellars 2005 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir, Russian River, $38
176 cases produced

(92) Mint Green
Male: Cola and cherry aromas and flavors with added notes of earth and mineral on the mid-palate through the finish, Good structure with tannins that will soften with age.

Female: Light and bright cherry nose with vanilla, fresh herb and forest floor accents. The palate is deeper and richer than the nose but the flavors are consistent with the aromas. There is a slight tartness on the finish that complements the shrimp and holds up nicely to the seafood sauce.
Sonnet 2004 Tondre's Grapefield Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, $40
375 cases produced

(92) Bronze
Male: A beautifully inviting earthy nose displaying creamy oak. Lots of very ripe fruit - blueberries and blackberries coating the mouth. Nice texture. The mouth feel is enticing. This is quite a modern and flashy wine. Full finish.

Female: Spiced oak, dried red cherry and an earthy mushrooms on the nose. A California-style Pinot displaying a fruity sweetness on the palate with a juicy texture - oodles of fruit in the mouth and lovely silky tannins.
Spy Valley 2005 Pinot Noir, Marlborough, $29
6000 cases produced

(91.5) Magenta
Male: Deep sapphire in color with cherries prominent on the nose. Dark and rich. Big, bold strawberry and strawberry jam flavors with a lively finish.

Female: Beautiful spice notes with slightly peppery notes and bright raspberry fruit on the nose of this dark colored Pinot Noir. Exotic spice, raspberry, rhubarb and a hint of tomato are delivered onto the palate within a balanced structure. Juicy with good length.
Amity Vineyards 2005 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $20
2100 cases produced

(91) Deep Purple
Male: Pink ruby in color, the aromas of cherry, orange peel, oak, cranberry, and dried foresty herbs deliver spiced cherry, dried berry and earthy notes onto the palate. Try this with roasted pork.

Female: The aromas are grapey (carbonic maceration?) and a little peppery. Raspberry, dried cherry and currant flavors. Very fruity - Beaujolais-like.
Baileyana Winery 2005 Firepeak Vineyard - Grand Firepeak Cuvee Pinot Noir, Edna Valley, $38
2500 cases produced

(91) Blue-Green
Male: Black cherry and red cherry fruit aromas and flavors. An elegant wine with a touch of oak spice throughout.

Female: Sweet ripe mixed berry with a hint of meatiness underlying the nose. The palate is more serious and complex than the nose portends. This is a well-balanced wine with a long finish and was lovely with the all of the food selections.
D'Argenzio 2004 Bacigalupi Vineyard Westside road Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $36
460 cases produced

(91) Periwinkle
Male: The nose is dense, ripe cherry compote and quite opulent. Thick and rich Pinot delivering dense black cherry and raspberry fruit flavors with fresh acids on the finish.

Female: Aromas of roses, black pepper, brown spices, raspberry, and chocolate - nice! The flavors are consistent with lots of spice and dark fruit and added mushroom notes. Delicious with the mushrooms.
David Bruce Winery 2004 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $40
4996 cases produced

(91) Orchid
Male: Strawberry, cherry, cola, tea, earth notes, dried spices and some raw oak notes in the glass. On the palate, the wine is smooth and elegant accenting the strawberry and cherry flavors.

Female: Balanced, pretty, food friendly - sweet cherry, cranberry, tea leaves, and plum aromas & flavors.
Hallcrest Vineyards 2004 Barrel Select Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz County, $35
437 cases produced

(91) White
Male: Sweet ripe Bing cherry in the nose. Full in the mouth with an exotic finish.

Female: At first this wine has have some green herbal notes and then open to reveal strawberry and cherry aromas and a bit of mint. On the palate, the wine is much bigger than the nose indicates with darker fruit, bright strawberry, rhubarb and rose petals. Nice texture. This is a food wine with nice acidity. The mushrooms with balsamic brought out a richness and accentuated the fruit.
Kynsi 2004 Pinot Noir, Edna Valley, $28
545 cases produced

(91) Dark Green
Male: Deep garnet color. Slight barnyard aromas, a hint of chocolate on the nose. Red berry and cherry from the start through the finish. Dense fruit in a soft structure with a balanced red berry length. This wine really opens up with time.

Female: Garnet color. High viscosity. Sour cherry, exotic spices, light smokiness on the nose. Strawberry, sweet rhubarb and dill on the palate. A clean bright finish.
Maboroshi Wine Estates 2005 Maboroshi Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $40
300 cases produced

(91) Light Yellow
Male: Toasty black cherry, currant and plum with tar notes on the nose. The mouth is very rich - smoky, toasty, black cherry, blueberry, and cassis fruit. Good overall balance.

Female: Damp earth aromas, intriguing spice and juicy black raspberry on mid-palate, layered and full-bodied.
Robert Stemmler 2004 Ferguson Block Pinot Noir, Carneros, $44
400 cases produced

(91) Purple
Male: Light ruby in color with aromas of deep cherries, smoke, fennel, mushrooms and barnyard on the back note. The fruit is very rich and voluptuous, lots of body with good balance. Slightly candied on the finish. This was good with the simple beef but the other dishes accentuated the oak and acid in the wine.

Female: The nose is yummy...baking spice, strawberries, coffee, and blueberry. Bright cherry on entry with jammy fruit mid-palate and lots of tannin on the finish.
Carneros Creek Winery 2004 GRAIL Pinot Noir, Carneros, $40
1000 cases produced

(90)
Male: Smokey aromas with added spice and mint on the nose, succulent fruit on the palate, the finish is soft & luscious but turns bitter, accentuating the tannins with food. Syrah-like intensity.

Female: Apricot and berry aromas. Strawberry, watermelon, cherry, raspberry and mocha flavors. Rich and full mouth in the mouth. Lithe and lovely on the finish – great with smoked salmon!
Domaine Carneros 2004 Estate Pinot Noir, Carneros, $60
1043 cases produced

(90)
Male: Bright forward fruit aromas of cherry, rhubarb and strawberry with pronounced cinnamon notes. The palate is cherry and orange with an overlay of smoky notes. Decent acidity. The fruit and the oak are well-integrated in this delicate wine. Seamless with the food pairings.

Female: Strawberry and raspberry jam, clove and floral accents on the nose. In the mouth, lots of brown baking spices - allspice, clove, cinnamon - and cola join the red jam flavors in this full-bodied wine. The texture is supple but the finish is a bit coarse.
Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery 2004 Rochioli Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $60
396 cases produced

(90)
Male: Subtle and graceful. Red fruit and soft spice aspects. Clean acid and some tannin on the finish.

Female: Pure perfume! The palate is elegant. A pretty, balanced wine with nice spice on the finish.
Kenneth Volk Vineyards 2004 Gary Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, $49
325 cases produced

(90)
Male: The dark black cherry nose promises a big, rich palate and it delivers! Loads of fruit but beautifully balanced with oak and acidity.

Female: The jammy nose carries through onto the palate. Big and juicy.
King Estate Winery 2005 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $26
22,000 cases produced

(90)
Male: Dark garnet in the glass. Lots of wild cherry on the nose. Definitely a cool climate wine (Carneros?) Cherry, strawberry, chocolate, cinnamon and violets mid-palate. The wine gets a bit out of whack here but pulls back together for a lovely long finish. A great sipping wine, the various food elements intensified the tannins.

Female: A rich full and inviting nose. Peppery aromas leading to dark cherry flavors with intense spice. Full- bodied and reasonably supple. The finish is long and pleasing.
Mahoney Vineyards 2004 Mahoney Ranch Pinot Noir, Carneros, $34
240 cases produced

(90)
Male: The rhubarb nose does not prepare you for this yummy wine. The palate is full and complex.

Female: Red fruit and earthiness in the glass. Red fruit with a myriad of spices in the mouth. Complex, layered and integrated. Will get even better with time.

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Burrell School Vineyards 2003 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains, $42
325 cases produced

(89.5)
Male: red raspberry and cotton candy aromatics. Good acidity. very youngish. Fresh and pleasant now, could be very good later.

Female: Nice color...looks like Pinot Noir should! Clove and cinnamon over red fruit in the glass. Flavors of cherry and cranberry joined by cranberry lemon and lemon peel on the finish. Bright acidity.
Castle Rock Winery 2005 Pinot Noir, Mendocino County, $12
25,000 cases produced

(89.5)
Male: Medium dark in color with a bluish rim. Intense, fresh and youthful with dominant red berry aromas and flavors carrying through the long finish.

Female: Black cherry, vanilla, black pepper, red raspberry, and mint...yum! Velvety texture, rich in the mouth with lots of black cherry and spice. Great with the beef!
David Bruce Winery 2004 Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills, $55
798 cases produced

(89.5)
Male: Dark black cherry aromas, ripe black cherry fruit on the palate, nice spice notes with fresh acidity on the finish.

Female: Spicy potpourri - cinnamon, black pepper and baking spices integrated with black fruit. Big wine. Good acidity. Youthful - needs time!
David Bruce Winery 2004 Bien Nacido Vineyards Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, $55
1412 cases produced

(89.5)
Male: Richly perfumed. Plum flavors. Young and a little tannic yet nicely balanced.

Female: Cherry and black cherry in the glass and in the mouth. Very pleasant. Cherry turning to sour cherry with tobacco notes on the finish. Nice acid.
Flying Goat Cellars 2005 Dierberg Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, $42
425 cases produced

(89.5)
Male: Cranberry and barnyard in the glass. Opulent on the palate - cranberry, cherry, dried meadow spices, lavender, violets - smooth fruit finish with lingering acid and light tannins.

Female: Roses, spice, ripe berry, cocoa, and a touch of barnyard on the nose. Medium intensity on the palate with cherry, raspberry and earthy flavors.
Logan 2005 Pinot Noir, Orange, $20
1202 cases produced

(89.5)
Male: Vanilla, violets, rhubarb, and plum aromas lead to flavors of cooked cranberry, light blackberry and pine notes on the medium-long finish.

Female: Grapey aromas and flavors enhanced with cinnamon accents. Candied raspberry mid-palate moving to drier notes on the long finish.
Mahoney Vineyards 2003 Pinot Noir, Carneros, $24
750 cases produced

(89.5)
Male: Pleasant mouthfeel. Robust and round with black cherry and blackberries throughout. Coconut comes through on the finish.

Female: Lovely balance, moderate oak. The palate is rich. Cherry cola dominates the nose and palate with nutty backnotes on the finish.
Poppy Wine Company 2005 Pinot Noir, Monterey County, $12.99
7385 cases produced

(89.5)
Male: Cherry, meadow, dried herbs, and light dried strawberry aromas. A fruity style with cherries, light raspberry and pomegranate flavors. Medium body with a nice amount of acidity on the finish...tangy. Good with the duck but the shrimp intensified the alcohol. Enjoy sipping this wine without food.

Female: Wow! Full cherry vanilla aromas followed by gobs of cherry on the palate. Soft and easy. A very pleasant, simple wine.
Annapolis Winery 2005 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, $42
250 cases produced

(89)
Male: Very floral - rose petals and violets with cherry accents. Elegant red fruit - cherry and raspberry. Some clipped acidity on the finish.

Female: Beaujolais-like nose - sweet and grapey. Some carbonic maceration here? Sweet and lively cherry on the palate through the finish. Tannins are noticeable but not over the top. A great wine for quaffing.
Davis Bynum Winery 2004 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $30
1700 cases produced

(89)


Davis Bynum Winery 2004 Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $75
243 cases produced

(89)
Male: Light garnet in color. Sweet cherry aromas with subtle floral notes. Black cherry in the mouth with hints of sandalwood, leather and orange peel. Good acidity,

Female: Floral aromas over red fruit in the nose. Nice on the palate. Balanced with fruity acidity and balanced tannin structure. Complementary to the beef.
Firesteed Cellars 2005 Oregon Pinot Noir, Oregon, $14.99
39,955 cases produced

(89)
Male: Nice wine! Excellent Pinot Noir typicity (how a wine reflects its varietal origins). Ruby color, perfumed floral notes on the nose. Balanced depth, semi-silky mouthfeel, average-plus length. Great taste. Substantial backbone and real aging potential - 10-12 years.

Female: Cherry, wild strawberry, rose petal, stone fruit - yum! Silky texture. Delicious!
Firesteed Cellars 2002 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $29.99
1,904.00 cases produced

(89)
Male: Wild spice, thyme, nutmeg lead to smokey fruit on the palate with some finesse on the finish.

Female: Great clarity. Cardamom on the nose delivering a heavy earthiness that tends to overpower the red fruit flavors.
Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery 2003 Fort Ross Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, $37
600 cases produced

(89)
Male: Deep ruby color. Wonderful nose promising depth and complexity - mixed red berries and blackberries. Explosive on the palate, peppery, slightly candied, showing cranberry, and plum. Bright fruit, rich with great acid to balance.

Female: Garnet color with a brickish rim. Earthy and forest floor aromas dominate with dill, cherry, spice, and tea notes. Nice red fruit on the palate. Lots of acid on the finish.
Hahn Estates Winery 2005 Pinot Noir, Monterey, $18
22,000 cases produced

(89)
Male: Brown spice, ripe cherry and Santa Rosa plum throughout integrated deftly with oak.

Female: Aromas jump from the glass...cherry, spice and smoky accents. An extracted full-bodied Pinot Noir with a long finish.
Hallcrest Vineyards 2004 Vista Del Mare Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains, $35
167 cases produced

(89)
Male: Chocolate, coffee, dusty cherry with barnyard and mushroom notes on the nose. The entry shows red plum and cherry with underlying mushroom accents. The edges are a bit sharp but the finish is long with nice acidity.

Female: Quite ripe with cherry, vanilla, pie spice and a touch of orange peel on the nose and palate. Moderate intensity. Good tannin structure, nice balance.
Handley Cellars 2004 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, $28
2527 cases produced

(89)
Male: Wild spice, cherry and cola aromas deliver the same onto the palate with richness and nice acid on the finish.

Female: A mouthwatering wine. Red cherry dominates this rich wine. Nice acidity!
Handley Cellars 2004 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, $52
350 cases produced

(89)
Male: Tangy note of spice, allspice, orange peel, rose petal, and cranberry on the nose. Light on the palate with pleasant dried berry fruit and gentle dried herbs. Dry finish.

Female: The nose is reminiscent of Beaujolais. Cherry and raspberry fruit with chocolate and coffee accents on the palate. The finish is a bit hot. Good with the beef. Will not work with spicy foods.
Mahoney Vineyards 2004 Las Brisas Pinot Noir, Carneros, $36
300 cases produced

(89)
Male: Cherry with layers and layers of enticing spices on the nose. Nice mouthfeel and good finish.

Female: Brown spices and cherry aromas invite you to taste. Red fruit - cherry, cranberry, strawberry - accented by earthiness and spice await. Quite complex and lovely.
Trinchero Family Estates 2005 Pinot Noir, Napa Valley, $12
15000 cases produced

(89)
Male: Light sweet fruit aromatic. Light red fruit and nice acid. Good complexity.

Female: Light strawberry, cherry, lavender and herbal nose and mouth. Acid and oak tannins mid through the finish.
Willamette Valley Vineyards 2004 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $40
1004 cases produced

(89)
Male: Basil nose, smooth mouthfeel. A balanced wine with delicious round cherry and raspberry fruit and firm tannins.

Female: Lavender on the nose, nice strawberry and strawberry jam flavors with rose petal accents, layers of spice. Nice acidity. Definitely a cool climate Pinot!
Buena Vista Carneros 2005 Clone 828, Ramal Vineyard, Estate Vineyard Series Pinot Noir, Carneros, $41.99
915 cases produced

(88.5)
Male: Blueberry and strawberry on the nose, slightly viney. The mouth is very pretty - barely ripe but nice mouthfeel - bright cherry and strawberry, peppery tannins. The finish is a bit hot.

Female: Pretty aromas, cherry vanilla flavors, smooth and easy. A balanced wine.
Stephen's Cellar 2004 Moore Pinot Noir, San Luis Obispo County, $28
180 cases produced

(88.5)
Male: Mint and cherry on the nose. Thins a bit mid, finishes with cola and mint.

Female: Chocolate aromas that draw me in, reminding me of delicious Frango Mints from my childhood (Marshall Field's, Chicago). The palate is minty strawberry. Very pretty, if a bit strange for Pinot Noir. Lamb with mint jelly anyone?
Argyle 2005 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $25
17,000 cases produced

(88)
Male: Whole cluster aromatics (right red fruit aromas like strawberry and bublegum) - nice mid flavors. Clean finish

Female: Strawberries, rose petals and light fresh cherry aromatics. Light red fruit in the mouth. Nice acidity. Cool climate Pinot Noir.
Bouchaine Vineyards 2005 Pinot Noir, Carneros, $30
11500 cases produced

(88)
Male: beautiful, perfumed aromas. Substantial flavors layered with deliciousness. Subtle tannins. Aging for 10 years.

Female: Blueberry going to lavender on the nose. The mouth is light red fruit. I'd like it more if there were more acid on the finish.
Buena Vista Carneros 2005 Clone 5 Pommard, Ramal Vineyard, Estate Vineyard Series Pinot Noir, Carneros, $41.99
1004 cases produced

(88)
Male: Very dark and rich color. Rhubarb pie flavors. Pleasant and simple.

Female: Dark and rich. Syrah-like.
Burrell School Vineyards 2003 Veranda Vineyards Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains, $38
700 cases produced

(88)


Carneros della Notte 2004 Pinot Noir, Carneros, $48
400 cases produced

(88)
Male: Subtly perfumed with cedar, pepper, cinnamon and roses. Big, ripe and silky. Luscious in the mouth - tons of black fruit and spice box flavors.

Female: Roses, cherry, coffee, cinnamon, and roasted nuts on the nose - all delivered to the palate. Ripe and velvety.
Castle Rock Winery 2005 Pinot Noir, Monterey County, $12
60,000 cases produced

(88)
Male: Cherry cola, black cherry and graham cracker nose with a touch of chocolate. Strawberry, cherry and plum on the palate. Pure and balanced with symmetry and length.

Female: Huge, juicy berry aromas with hints of grilled meat. Syrah? Chewy and rich mid-palate. Velvety tannins.
Dutton Estate Winery 2005 Manzana Pinot Noir, Green Valley, $40
136 cases produced

(88)
Male: Floral nose with backnotes of blueberry and cherry. Soft red fruit flavors. Balanced and elegant.

Female: Strawberry, cranberry, orange peel, and lemon rind throughout with nice acidity on the finish.
Flying Goat Cellars 2004 Rio Vista Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills, $42
500 cases produced

(88)
Male: Lots of new oak aromas joined by cherry, strawberry and grilled meat scents. Great Pinot character - lots of red fruit, spice and savory flavors. The finish has a long going on, it's very long but a little hot.

Female: Earthy aromas jump out of the glass. Wild cherry and smoky notes on mid-palate. Nice wine, nice balance, yummy finish - hangs in there!
Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery 2003 Fort Ross Vineyard Symposium-Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, $32
688 cases produced

(88)
Male: Smoky nose, deep flavors, good finish.

Female: Lots of oak but plenty of fruit to carry it. A young wine that will get better with time.
Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery 2004 Starr Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $50
966 cases produced

(88)
Male: A popular style, bright red fruit with brown sugar overtones.

Female: Earthy cherry and cranberry waft from the glass. On the tongue, the red fruit flavors are underscored by oak nuances. Finishes with cleansing acid. Enjoy with grilled portabello mushrooms.
Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery 2004 Starr Ridge Vineyard - Dijon Clones Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $60
179 cases produced

(88)
Male: Pleasant cherry and raspberry jam. Well made, well balanced. Drinks easy.

Female: Strawberry, cranberry and vanilla nose transfer to the palate with spices stepping up. Finish is full with nice acidity. Good food wine. How about some Wild Mushroom Risotto?
Giant Step 2004 Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, $25
500/6 pks (imported) cases produced

(88)
Male: Needs time to develop. Mineral and mint over strawberry flavors are enticing but the acid and tannins are quite prominent. Enough fruit and acid to stand the test of time.

Female: Smith Brothers cough drops - eucalyptus and cherry aromas deliver cherry and blueberry flavors. The finish has lots of tannin and cleansing acids.
Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves 2003 Pinot Noir, Carneros, $35
1,900 6-packs cases produced

(88)
Male: Lovely texture. Mushrooms, forest floor, red fruit with subtle Asian spices. Plush style.

Female: Black cherry with cinnamon accents on the nose. Flavors are black cherry integrated nicely with the oak. Balanced.
Harmony Cellars 2004 Scheid Vineyards Pinot Noir, Monterey County, $35
200 cases produced

(88)
Male: Pale ruby in color with a light opaque center. Sweet peppermint with underlying aromas of clove, upfront cherry and red berry, rhubarb, and floral. Citrus, lemon, and tart cherry in the mouth. Soft texture, nice fruit, well integrated with a tangy finish.

Female: Ripe cherry and raspberry with a hint of Juicy Fruit gum on the nose delivers raspberry and sour cherry on the palate - good body with supple texture.
Husch Vineyards 2004 Knoll Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, $38
275 cases produced

(88)


Keller Estate 2004 La Cruz Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, $34
2440 cases produced

(88)
Male: Rose petal, lavender and cherry aromas. Nicely balanced. Good acidity on the finish.

Female: Cherry, strawberry jam and vanilla on the nose, entry and mid-palate joined by cranberry and orange peel accents on the finish. Yum!
Kynsi 2004 Stone Corral Vineyard (Estate) Pinot Noir, Edna Valley, $45
255 cases produced

(88)
Male: Distinctive pinot nose. Lush fruit, dark and rich. This wine is excellent - it would be exceptional if the finish was a bit longer.

Female: Rich dark fruit with black pepper and dried herb notes throughout.
Patz & Hall 2004 Chenoweth Ranch Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $47
692 cases produced

(88)
Male: Cherry jam with mint and black pepper, wintergreen, and fresh rhubarb pie all beckoning you from your glass. Great texture with tons of sweet cherry and spice flavors.

Female: Bright, deep purple. Lovely classic Pinot nose - cherry, black pepper and a myriad of baking spices in the nose and on your palate. Velvety texture with brisk acidity on the finish.
Peters Family Winery 2004 Dunah Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, $44
203 cases produced

(88)
Male: Deep ruby color, red licorice, cherry and root beer nose that carries to the entry through mid-palate, cherry cola mid-palate with mint shining through on the finish.

Female: Menthol, cedar and an earthy component dominate the unusual but intriguing nose. Raspberry with menthol notes on the palate.
Phillips Hill Estates 2005 Toulouse Vineyard Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, $40
100 cases produced

(88)


Philo Ridge Vineyards 2004 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, $28
185 cases produced

(88)
Male: An intriguing wine. The nose is fragrant - dried herbs, cranberry, dried rose petals, vanilla and exotic spice. Consistent on the palate. Nice with the spicy shrimp.

Female: The nose is volatile but the wine tastes a lot better it smells. Raspberry, strawberry and spice in the mouth. Nice acidity that works well with the salmon.
Rippon Vineyard 2003 Biodynamic Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand, $40
1943 cases produced

(88)
Male: Black pepper, dark berry and earthy notes on the palate through the finish. This is a youngster with a future.

Female: The oak tannins are still very prominent but there is a ton of dark red fruit. Will the fruit survive the integration of the oak?
Salitage 2003 Treehouse Pinot Noir, Pemberton, $14
1000 cases produced

(88)
Male: Cinnamon and raspberry fruit aromas, cherry fruit with lots of spicy notes on the palate.

Female: Simple. Cherry and black cherry aromas through the finish.
Tenimenti Castelrotto Torti 2005 Estate bottled Pinot Nero Bianco, Oltrepo Pavese, $19.99
1500 cases produced

(88)
Male: White pinot? Pretty! Jasmine, cherry, vanilla and toast. Fleshy mouthfeel. Nice fruit - an easy quaffer.

Female: Really nice wine. Would I think this was Pinot Noir if I couldn't see the color? Lemon and baked apple on the palate. A touch heavy on the palate. I would like it better if there was more acid.
Thomas Fogarty 2004 Estate Bottled Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains, $45
224 cases produced

(88)
Male: Concentrated black cherry, licorice and vague mint back notes replicating on the palate within a well-integrated framework. The finish is exceptional - going on forever.

Female: The nose is Pinot! Cherry and barnyard flavors interlaced with lots of spice notes. Lovely finish.
Toulouse Vineyards 2004 Estate Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, $36
300 cases produced

(88)
Male: Light ruby in color, laid back red berry aromas, mint and mineral notes on the nose. Cherry and pomegranate flavors with hints of vanilla, oak, lemon rind, licorice, and caramel on the palate through the finish. Medium-full body with a substantial tannin structure but the finish is soft, supple and pleasant. A well-balanced wine.

Female: Rich and full. Nice fruit accented by coffee and spice on the palate.
TR Elliott 2004 Queste Pinot Noir, Russian River, $32
400 cases produced

(88)
Male: Sour cherry aromas, strawberry-cranberry entry. Smooth in the mouth with great balance mid-palate. Good flavor depth showing nicely integrated oak.

Female: Red berry, red currant and rose petal in the nose and in the mouth. The texture is lovely with the red fruits flavors accented by oak elements. Nice acid on the finish.
Benjamin Silver Wines 2003 Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County, $45
216 cases produced

(87.5)
Male: Heady and beautiful. Deep, dark and rich. A big wine - syrah-like in delivery.

Female: Sweet cherry, damp earth and saddle leather on the nose - persistent on the palate. A supple wine.
Castle Vineyards and Winery 2004 Estate Pinot Noir, Carneros, $26
105 cases produced

(87.5)


Hallcrest Vineyards 2004 Terra Serena Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz County, $35
168 cases produced

(87.5)
Male: The nose is closed. Sweet red fruit flavors. Very sexy wine. Lighter style. Too much oak on the finish.

Female: Pleasant. Nice acid. Juicy strawberry fruit. Some elegance.
Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards 2005 Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County, $20
3,350 cases produced

(87.5)
Male: Blackberry and a tart cherry nose, replicates on the palate through the finish where strong tannins join in.

Female: Inviting aromas: mushroom, earth and cherry. Very pretty on the mid-palate: cherry, smoke and brown spices. Delicate yet focused...oh so Pinot!
Roessler Cellars 2005 Widdoes Pinot Noir, Russian River, $48
93 cases produced

(87.5)
Male: A good Pinot showing cranberry and cherry aromas and flavors.

Female: Strawberry jam and nice brown spices in the nose and mouth. The acids show as lemon accents on the finish. Nice!
Buena Vista Carneros 2004 Pinot Noir, Carneros, $24.99
25295 cases produced

(87)


Casa De Caballos Vineyards 2005 Pinot Noir, Paso Robles, $38
145 cases produced

(87)
Male: Pretty, soft and smoky aromas with blackberry and plum. Big and juicy in the mouth replicating the nose. Needs time to settle down.

Female: Ripe and earthy. Sweet entry with soft cherry and blueberry flavors. Still a bit oaky. Give it time.
Castle Rock Winery 2005 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $18
2,000 cases produced

(87)
Male: Cooked plum on the nose, softer strawberries in the mouth. The finish is a bit short but delicate.

Female: Red fruit, cannibus and herbal notes all the way through. Goodly amount of after flavors. Well integrated tannins.
Chaddsford Winery 2005 86 Pinot Noir, Pennsylvania, $16.99
1059 cases produced

(87)
Male: Quince and rhubarb on the nose, light cherry throughout. Balanced.

Female: Cherry, cherry and cherry. Sipper.
Copeland Creek Vineyards 2003 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, $30
348 cases produced

(87)
Male: Bright cherry nose with a hint of citrus and toast. Elegant style. Cherries, some spice and oak on the finish.

Female: Nice acid - definitely a Pinot Noir to enjoy with lots of food. Lavender and strawberry aromas. Cherry, anise and plum flavors. Long finish. well balanced.
d'Arenberg 2004 The Feral Fox - Old Bridge Cellars (importer) Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills (South Australia), $35
100/6pks (imported) cases produced

(87)
Male: Light grassy notes in the nose. Soft fruit on the palate. The finish is tart.

Female: Spice and alcohol aroma with strawberry on entry through the mid-palate. The finish is cranberry with lemon notes.
Dr. Konstantin Frank 2005 Pinot Noir, Finger Lakes, $24.99
560 cases produced

(87)
Male: Strawberry on the nose. Soft fruit flavors with underlying dusty notes. The acids on the finish intensify the tannins and alcohol on the finish.

Female: Cinnamon, clove and cherry opening through mid-palate. Nice balance! Toasty oak mid through finish when cranberry notes join in the nice acid finish.
Elk Prairie Vineyard 2004 pinot noir, Humboldt County, $20
520 cases produced

(87)
Male: Cherry and cranberry nose. Balanced. Clean, crisp finish with lavender notes that leave a nice impression.

Female: Floral and black cherry aromas carry through onto the palate. The oak is a bit aggressive but there is enough fruit and acid to balance. This wine should age nicely.
Erath 2005 Prince Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $40
821 cases produced

(87)
Male: Dried cherry, leather and bacon aromas. A touch oaky on the palate with cranberry flavors at its core.

Female: Oak is prevalent on the nose. Forest floor flavors on entry with a core of cranberry and cherry. Long finish.
Fess Parker Winery 2005 Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County, $25
1664 cases produced

(87)


Gryphon Wines 2004 Reserve Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, $52
196 cases produced

(87)
Male: Smoky aromas with red cherry flavors on the palate turning to sour cherry on the finish.

Female: Cherry cola throughout. The nose reminds me of fun times as a teenager sipping cherry cokes with my friends. Nicely balanced wine. Acid comes through nicely on the end so this will work with food.
Halleck Vineyard 2005 Three Sons Cuvee Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $38
750 cases produced

(87)
Male: Cherry comlemented by spice and cola notes throughout. Seems really young. I'd like to try this again in 3 or 4 months.

Female: Nicely balanced but somewhat closed at the moment. Cherry fruit, oqak accents and good acidity. Needs some time to meld but will be lovely.
Halleck Vineyard 2005 The Farm Vineyards Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $55
270 cases produced

(87)
Male: Needs time.

Female: Young! Still evolving. All of the parts are there - nice acid, fruit, oak - but they haven't married together as yet. Should be delicious in 6 months or so and continue to get better over time.
Jekel Vineyards 2005 Pinot Noir, Monterey County, $14.99
15000 cases produced

(87)
Male: Strong blackberry aromas on the nose, floral back notes, replicates entry through middle with blackberry lingering throughout. The finish is short.

Female: Dusty aromas with cedar notes. Bright cherry on mid-palate. Clean and fresh.
Kenwood Vineyards 2005 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $18
44700 cases produced

(87)
Male: Chocolate nose with dark cherry backnotes. Concentrated fruit on the palate. The finish is a bit tannic but this would work very well with grilled meats.

Female: Bright cherry in the nose and in the mouth. The finish features cranberry and quite a bit of oak.
La Rochelle Winery 2005 Pommard Clone - Mission Ranch Pinot Noir, Arroyo Seco, $35
47 cases produced

(87)
Male: Wild strawberries. Pleasantly fruity mid-palate. Medium tannins of the lingering finish.

Female: Crisp acidity. Good structure. Long finish.
Lost Canyon Winery 2005 Dutton Ranch Morelli Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $40
400 cases produced

(87)
Male: Beautiful color, inviting nose with black cherry and cherry fruit flavors.

Lost Canyon Winery 2005 Las Brisas Vineyard Pinot Noir, Los Carneros, $40
250 cases produced

(87)
Male: Toast with strawberry jam, vanilla and herbs in the glass. An easy quaffer! Nicer in the mouth - great mouthfeel! Strawberry, vanilla, black pepper and a whole spice rack. Nice wine!

Female: Strawberry with brown baking spices on the nose. Delivering rich flavors reminiscent of fresh baked strawberry pie and finishing with c nice acidity.
Page Mill Winery 2004 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, $30
245 cases produced

(87)
Male: Sweet plums, lime zest and orange rind nose. The palate is very balanced - cinnamon, brown baking spices, and blackberry. Long aftertaste.

Female: Black raspberry, tea and jasmine aromas and flavors. Gentle palate. Good acids. Good integrated finish.
Pedroncelli Winery 2005 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $18
4800 cases produced

(87)
Male: Leafy rhubarb nose, light cherry, raspberry entry. Balanced mid-palate. Medium-short finish.

Female: Cinnamon candy and cherry nose with cherry, strawberry and candied cinnamon on the palate. The finish is peppery and a bit astringent.
Per Bacco Cellars 2004 Laetitia Pinot Noir, Arroyo Grande Valley, $28
670 cases produced

(87)
Male: Ripe fruit nose. Decent Pinot fruit flavors. Finish is nice. Overall, a good solid wine.

Female: Mushroom and cherry aromas opening through mid-palate turning to sweet cherry and licorice on the finish. Nice acid.
Per Bacco Cellars 2004 Laetitia Pinot Noir, Arroyo Grande Valley, $45
110 cases produced

(87)
Male: Cherry cola, vanilla and floral notes on the nose. Replicates throughout. Zingy acidity on the finish.

Female: Deep black cherry, licorice and chocolate aromas delivering sweet fruit on the palate. A dense wine - Syrah-like.
Robert Stemmler 2004 Nugent Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $40
2000 cases produced

(87)
Male: Well balanced. All together a nice wine.

Female: A well-made wine. Good beginning – nose and entry – all is balanced with no outstanding faults or remarkable notes. Good solid Pinot Noir.
Rutz Cellars 2004 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $30
1,200 cases produced

(87)
Male: Forest floor, coffee, cherry, plum, and spice aromas. Nice palate - tangy raspberry and cherry. Very balanced through the long finish. Well made!

Female: Delicate and elegant. Oaky vanilla on the nose, cherry and raspberry mid-palate with a hint of tar through the finish.
San Saba Vineyards 2005 Pinot Noir, Monterey, $28
185 cases produced

(87)
Male: Perfumed, lovely jasmine scented, very sweet on entry - soft cherry pie. Short but pleasant finish.

Female: Sweet cherry, plum and brown baking spice integrated with oak on the nose. Ripe and round in the mouth.
Signorello Vineyards 2004 Hyde Pinot, Carneros, $50
92 cases produced

(87)
Male: Nice, delicate red apple and allspice aromas. The palate is balanced with tart red fruits and leather on the finish.

Female: Lightly floral, soft cherry, good acidity and tannins, Light flavor profile - delicate. Nice wine!
Sokol Blosser 2004 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $32
4,000 cases produced

(87)
Male: The nose is delicate showing Asian pear and persimmon, The fruit is light displaying plums and leather. Good balance and length.

Female: Barnyard, vanilla and ripe fruit nose carrying through onto the palate. Nicy spicy fruit finish showing a bit of sweetness.
Sonnet 2004 Kruse Vineyard Pinot Noir, York Mountain, $40
400 cases produced

(87)
Male: Relatively closed nose. Ripe cherry fruit with vanilla and cinnamon accents. Good balance - nice tannins. Good length.

Female: The nose is cherry with a touch of earthiness. Cherry and sour cherry in the mouth. Nice acidity with oak showing through.
Toulouse Vineyards 2005 Estate Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, $39
1050 cases produced

(87)
Male: A well made wine! Great nose. Nice mid-palate. Memorable finish.

Female: Eucalyptus and cherry aromas lead to a ripe cherry palate with integrated tannins.
Windward Vineyard 2004 Windward Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir, Paso Robles, CA, $54
250 cases produced

(87)
Male: Very young. The wine is not resolved yet. Mixed berry fruit throughout. Tangy and lengthy finish. Balanced, medium body. - needs time.

Female: Bright cherry with cranberry notes. Nice acid.
Woodenhead 2004 Buena Tierra Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $46
193 cases produced

(87)
Male: Cherry cola in the nose, the palate is lighter than expected with light red fruit on the finish.

Female: This is Pinot! The nose is inviting. Cranberry, light strawberry, orange peel…mmmm.
Amity Vineyards 2004 Crannell, Single Vineyards Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $35
96 cases produced

(86.5)


Trinchero Family Estates 2005 Vista Montone Pinot Noir, Napa Valley, $25
3000 cases produced

(86.5)
Male: Red cherry nose and palate. Aggressive oak tannins.

Female: Cherry, black cherry and vanilla aromas carry through entry through mid-palate then in come some hefty tannins. Needs aging time.
Amity Vineyards 2004 Schouten, Single Vineyards Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $35
102 cases produced

(86)
Male: The nose is strange - white pepper, curry and Cajun spices. red licorice, mushroom and earthy notes. The palate is cranberry. Soft mouthfeel.

Female: The nose is closed at first opening to light cranberry and raspberry tinged with oak. Cranberry and raspberry fruit on the palate. The finish is a bit short with bold tannins.
Belle Glos 2005 Clark & Telephone Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County, $38
1234 cases produced

(86)
Male: Over done. Over ripe fruit.

Female: Really nice! Black cherry, lots of flavors.
Burrell School Vineyards 2004 Estate Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains, $44
475 cases produced

(86)
Male: Burgundian nose. Nice rich color. Strawberry and darker stewed fruits in the mouth. Finishes a bit short.

Female: Dill on the nose, cherry in the mouth, anise joining in mid-palate. The oak on the finish stays with you.
Casa Barranca 2005 Laetitia Vineyards Pinot Noir, Arroyo Grande, $24.99
125 cases produced

(86)
Male: A very drinkable wine with cherry and cinnamon spice on the nose. Spicy flavors with nutmeg accents. Nice acidity on the finish.

Female: Cherry fruit on the nose through mid-palate turning to cranberry on the finish.
Chateau Chantal 2005 Pontes Vineyard Pinot Noir, Old Mission Peninsula, $19.99
151 cases produced

(86)
Male: Simple and enjoyable. Light red fruit accented by cinnamon and black pepper. Good finish shows a touch of sweetness.

Female: Fresh strawberry aromas and flavors throughout with a touch of cola joining mid-palate through the finish.
Cycles Gladiator 2005 Pinot Noir, Central Coast, $14
45,000 cases produced

(86)
Male: Closed nose with a hint of cherry. Pure cherry from entry through the finish. Medium body. Long finish.

Female: Black cherry on the nose. Brown baking spices, cola, strawberry and black cherry on the palate. Lots of spice on the finish.
Erath Vineyard 2005 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $16
50000 cases produced

(86)
Male: Cherry. berry, pepper and spice throughout. Would benefit from more acid to enhance food pairings.

Female: A simple but very pleasant wine. Fresh strawberry, strawberry jam. currant, and black pepper on the nose and in the mouth.
Estancia 2005 Pinot Noir, Monterey, $14.99
? cases produced

(86)
Male: Cherry/cranberry nose. Explosive cherry on entry. Balanced mid-palate with a semi-silky mouthfeel and a medium-long finish.

Female: Ripe cherry, plum and sweet violets in the glass delivering the same on the palate. Nice texture and finish.
Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery 2004 Allen Vineyard - Hillside Blocks Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $60
203 cases produced

(86)
Male: Light raspberry nose. Raspberry fruit in the mouth. Soft texture with a touch of acid on the finish.

Female: An elusive nose with a touch of lavender delivers bright cherry in the mouth turning to cranberry and sour cherry on the finish. Nice acid. Enjoy this with grilled salmon.
Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves 2003 Gravel Knob Pinot Noir, Carneros, $40
650 6- packs cases produced

(86)
Male: Nose is strawberry and stone fruit. Firm mid-range with sour cherry notes. Finish is short.

Female: Cinnamon and cooked strawberry aromas and flavors. Nicely balanced. Nice acidity. I like the finish. Carneros?
Hook and Ladder Winery 2005 Estate Grown and Bottled Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $24
2470 cases produced

(86)
Male: Light cherry, raspberry, strawberry, vanilla, mushrooms, and smoked meats in the nose. Lots of tangy red fruit with spice and vanilla accents in the mouth. The finish is a bit sharp.

Female: Mushroom and forest floor aromas. Cherry and spice elements nicely integrated on the palate through the lingering finish.
J. Lynne 2005 Cameron Ranch Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $19
425 cases produced

(86)
Male: Ripe cherry and pomegranate aromas with spice backnotes. Smooth mouthfeel.

Female: Wild strawberry and vanilla. Smells like carbonic maceration. Candied fruits on the palate.
John Tyler 2003 Bacigalupi Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $42
824 cases produced

(86)
Male: Black cherry with tar notes on the nose and replicates on the palate. Nice weight and texture.

Female: Lots of smoky oak over bright red fruit on the nose and in the mouth. Cranberry fruit on the finish Good acidity.
Kenneth Volk Vineyards 2004 Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, $24
2400 cases produced

(86)
Male: Deep red cherry nose, replicates throughout. Raspberry on entry through mid-palate. The finish is long with a burst of acidity at the end.

Female: The nose is somehat elusive. Red fruit in the mouth. Cranberry on the finish.
McHenry Vineyard 2003 Estate, Swan Clone Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains, $25
75 cases produced

(86)
Male: Cherry, cranberry and spice on the nose through the finish. Good acid. Enjoy with food.

Female: A food friendly wine with lots of acidity. Cranberry in the mouth with fresh lemon accents on the finish.
Mt. Hood Winery 2004 Pinot Noir, Columbia Gorge, $24
675 cases produced

(86)
Male: Ranier cherry nose, candied entry, light bodied.

Female: Light cherry nose with bright ripe cherry in the mouth. Peppery finish with bracing acids.
Peter Cellars 2004 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, $29
200 cases produced

(86)
Male: Heady and fruit with oregano and rosemary backnotes. Excellent structure. Lovely wine.

Female: Cranberry and rhubarb with herbal notes. Tannin joins in mid-palate. Cleansing acids on the long finish.
Row Eleven Wine Company 2004 Sanchietti Ranch Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $36
750 cases produced

(86)
Male: Mint, raspberry and smoke nose. Meaty in the mouth with oak a heavy factor.

Female: Raspberry and black cherry through the mid-palate. Oak through the finish. Balanced. Needs time. The fruit will show as the oak integrates.
Salisbury Vineyards 2004 Avila Vineyard Pinot Noir, San Luis Obispo County, $35
140 cases produced

(86)
Male: Strawberry and rhubarb aromas. The palate is fuller than expected with some nice spice. Drink within the next few years.

Female: Light in color, looks like Pinot with strawberry on the nose. Light red fruit on the palate and cranberry tinged with lemon on the finish.
Signorello Vineyards 2004 Las Amigas Pinot, Carneros, $38
150 cases produced

(86)
Male: Plums, roses and light spice. Simple.

Female: The cherry, blackcherry, clove, vanilla nose repeats on the palate with the bright fruit being dominant.
Territorial Vineyards & Wine Company 2003 Stone's Throw Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $30
250 cases produced

(86)
Male: Almond, hazelnut, almond and herb aromas. Red and black fruit on the palate heavily accented with nutty flavors.

Female: Coffee, black cherry, ripe fruit, and lots of oak. Nice wine but not "pinotesque."
Valley of the Moon Winery 2005 Pinot Noir, Carneros, $20
4900 cases produced

(86)
Male: Good balance. Well made. The nose is tight with black cherry flavors and bracing acidity.

Female: Dark fruit with tarry notes. Lots of acid on the finish.
Wattle Creek Winery 2005 Pinot Noir, Yorkville Highlands, $35
292 cases produced

(85.5)
Male: Awesome nose. Good mouthfeel. The flavors are not as fruit forward as the nose promises.

Female: Lovely cherry, black cherry and oak aromatics. The oak overpowers the fruit.
Bogle Vineyards 2004 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, $13
1,000 cases produced

(85)
Male: Blueberry, red currant and forest floor in the glass. Soft on the palate with mushroom and red fruit flavors but turns hot on the finish.

Female: Bodacious fruit, ripe with full cherry and blueberry flavors. Nice acid on the finish but a slight bitter edge detracts from this wine.
Buena Vista Carneros 2005 Ramal Vineyard - Estate Vineyard Series Pinot Noir, Carneros, $36.99
4677 cases produced

(85)
Male: A popular style. Cherry nose through finish. Juicy with a touch of tannin mid-palate.

Female: Cherry and cola accents throughout.
Carl Ehrhard 2004 Pinot Noir, Rheingau, $21.99
500 cases produced

(85)
Male: Sweet and sour fruit aromas and flavors. Tobacco on the finish.

Female: green tea aromas. Sour cherry flavors. Cranberry on the finish.
Coelho Winery of Amity 2004 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $30
550 cases produced

(85)
Male: Expressive nose of spiced cherries. Flavors of cherries and raspberry with oak backnotes mid-palate. Velvety. Finishes clean.

Female: Cigar box, black pepper and cinnamon over cherry fruit. Voluptuous texture with red fruits and spice.
Cuvaison Estate Wines 2005 Carneros Pinot Noir, Napa Valley, Carneros, $32
3,576 cases produced

(85)
Male: Subdued cherry aromas but seem to indicate whole berry clusters. Cherry and cocoa on the palate.

Female: Raspberry, cherry and spice. There is a big oak kick on the finish.
David Bruce Winery 2004 Estate Bottled Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains, $75
820 cases produced

(85)
Male: Great nose. Cherry cola flavors. Big tannins.

Female: Cherry and black cherry aromas and flavors with aggressive tooth numbing tannins. Needs time!
Five Rivers Winery 2005 Pinot Noir, Central Coast, $12.99
47000 cases produced

(85)
Male: Blueberry and cayenne pepper on the nose deliver cherry, plum, tobacco and some leafy notes on the palate. The finish is hot.

Female: The nose is closed at first and then slowly opens to cherry spice, bacon and coffee notes. The entry is cherry cola, hints of spice add interest mid-palate. Delicate and pretty.
Foppiano Vineyards 2005 Estate Pinot Noir, Russian River, $23
1,600 cases produced

(85)
Male: Cherry and cola on the nose. Light red fruit on the palate. Easy to drink.

Female: Cherry and cola throughout. Nice red wine.
Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves 2003 Rust Rock Terrace Pinot Noir, Carneros, $40
650 6 packs cases produced

(85)
Male: The nose is closed but the palate is balanced with light strawberry and tart cherry. Short finish.

Female: Graham cracker on the nose. Nice mouthfeel with juicy cherry and red berry flavors. Vanilla notes on the finish.
Gryphon Wines 2004 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, $38
224 cases produced

(85)
Male: Simple, well made wine.

Female: Nicely balanced with red fruit. Cranberry and tea notes throughout. Nice acid on the finish.
Hook and Ladder Winery 2005 Estate Grown and Bottled Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $30
125 cases produced

(85)
Male: A very young wine. Cherry, lavender and oak with lots of kick on the finish.

Female: Big style. Youthful - will it age gracefully?
Kathy Lynskey Wines 2005 Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zeland, $39
370 cases produced

(85)
Male: Complex but not quite ready. Needs time.

Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards 2004 Hilltop Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County, $26
603 cases produced

(85)
Male: Nice aromatics, black cherry within a fairly substantial tannic frame.

Female: Black cherry aromas and flavors balanced by tannins and acids on the finish.
Savannah Chanelle 2004 Tina Marie Pinot Noir, Russian River
? cases produced

(85)
Male: Nice aromatics - sandalwood, intense plum, allspice, nutmeg - rich and sweet in the mouth. A US style of Pinot Noir with spearmint, leather and tobacco on the finish.

Female: Black raspberry jam throughout. Brown sugar notes on the finish.
Shaky Bridge Vineyard 2003 Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand, $31.99
1994 cases produced

(85)


Silver Mountain 2004 Tondre Grapefield Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, $38
400 cases produced

(85)
Male: Oak dominates the nose but the palate opens to integrated cherry and vanilla flavors. A bit bitter on the finish. Serve with grilled meats.

Female: Cola on the nose joined by cherry mid-palate and finishes with cola and vanilla notes.
Tom Eddy Wines 2005 Monks Gate Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton -- Willamette Valley, $55
191 cases produced

(85)
Male: Lots of candied fruit in the nose with bright raspberry, cherry, cranberry, black pepper and spice box on the palate. Some stemminess mid to late.

Female: Vanilla and cherry in the nose and mouth. The finish is sharp and rough.
Nevis Bluff Wines 2003 Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand, $22.99
1800 cases produced

(84.5)
Male: Rich cinnamon and cherry aromas. Red fruit flavors. Toast and herbal notes on the finish.

Female: Hints of spice on the nose complementing the red fruit. Good Pinot varietal flavors. Complex with heavy caramel on the finish.
Carneros Creek Winery 2004 Reserve Pinot Noir, Carneros, $25
4924 cases produced

(84)
Male: Alcohol and oak dominate the nose. There is some soft fruit in the mouth. The finish is decent but short.

Female: Oak driven aromas - clove, tobacco, dill and pine. Sour cherry flavors.
Galante Vineyards 2005 Almond Flat Pinot Noir, Carmel Valley, $31
1994 cases produced

(84)
Male: Floral and cherry nose with a burst of black cherry on entry. Balanced with a semi-silky mouthfeel. Fruit depth throughout. Medium finish.

Female: Herbal notes up front. Sweet cherry with faint licorice. Lots of oak and a bit too much acid on the finish.
Old World Winery 2003 Powerhouse Vineyard Pinot Noir, Potter Valley, $25
144 cases produced

(84)
Male: Cola and raspberry aromas, medium body, balanced mixed red berry flavors - medium finish.

Female: Meaty and playful. Nice fruit, good acid.
Pierre Ponnelle 2005 100% Pinot Noir, Languedoc, $9.99
500 cases produced

(84)
Male: Cherry aroma with back note of tea leaf. Balanced. Round tannins, long cherry finish.

Female: Light ruby with a pink rim. Bright cherry nose. Clean fruit, firm structure with sour cherry and raspberry flavors. Needs more acidity.
R. Merlo Vineyards 2003 Pinot Noir -Dijon, Hyampom Valley/Trinity County, $17.99
420 cases produced

(84)
Male: Jammy, brambly nose. Very ripe fruit on the palate that is masked by the heavy oak. Is it age worthy?

Female: The nose is a bit hot. Sour cherry on the palate with lots of oak following through onto the finish.
Robert Stemmler 2004 Estate Grown Pinot Noir, Carneros, $36
1900 cases produced

(84)
Male: Strawberry and cranberry aromas with spice accents. Light fruit on the palate with heavy barnyard overtones.

Female: Forest floor and mushroom aromas, full throttle Pinot Noir with black cherry and tar. Nice depth of flavors. delicate yet rich.
Sojourn Cellars 2004 Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, $42
210 cases produced

(84)


Terra Valentine 2005 Pinot Noir, Russian River
550 cases produced

(84)


Belle Glos 2005 Taylor Lane Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, $50
1234 cases produced

(83)


Golan Heights Winery 2002 Pinot Noir, Galilee, $26
3000 cases produced

(83)
Male: Soft vanilla, caramel, and raspberry aromas. The palate is soft, sweet raspberry and plum, rich with loads of vanilla, oak and coffee. The finish is truncated.

Female: Sweet black cherry and graham cracker on the nose. The fruit is overpowered on the palate by the heavy oak. The finish is short a touch bitter.
Hagafen Cellars 2005 Estate Bottled Pinot Noir, Napa Valley, $32
1000 cases produced

(83)
Male: Juicy nose with decent berry fruit on the palate. The oak overpowers the fruit.

Female: The nose is inviting - bright cherry, raspberry and cedar. The tannins overpower the underlying red fruit mid-palate through the finish.
Hagafen Cellars 2005 California Soleil Vineyard: North Block Pinot Noir, Napa Valley, $50
100 cases produced

(83)


Hagafen Cellars 2005 Fagan Creek Vineyard: Block 38 Pinot Noir, Napa Valley, $50
100 cases produced

(83)
Male: The nose hints of caramel and vanilla. The entry is subtle. Good balance on the palate but the finish disappoints.

Female: Mushrooms and lavender in the glass, one dimensional sour cherry fruit. Doesn't deliver the complexity of flavors that the nose promises.
Kawarau Estate Vineyard 2004 Organic Reserve Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand, $45
500 cases produced

(83)
Male: Cherry-vanilla nose with a hint of lavender. Barnyard overtones in the mouth. Full-bodied with a medium finish.

Female: Earthy, mushroom and cranberry aromas and flavors. Nice acid. An uncomplicated wine.
Davis Bynum Winery 2003 Lindleys' Knoll Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $60
270 cases produced

(82)
Male: The nose is closed. Red fruit on the palate with lots of tannin coming in mid to late.

Female: Elusive nose. Still very tight. Needs time.
La Rochelle Winery 2004 San Vicente Vineyards Pinot Noir, Monterey County, $20
355 cases produced

(82)
Male: The attractive aromas - spicy nose of warm baking spice deliver light red fruit on the palate. Balanced with little mocha and spice on the tangy finish.

Female: Vanilla and cherry aromas, lean red fruit, and a sharp and an unpleasant finish.
R. Merlo Vineyards 2003 Pinot Noir -Pommard, Hyampom Valley/Trinity County, $17.99
330 cases produced

(82)
Male: The fruit is ripe but the wine lacks balance.

Female: Odd nose, black cherry palate. Tannic.
Tenimenti Castelrotto Torti 2002 Estate Bottled Pinot Nero 2002, DOC Oltrepo Pavese, $27.99
3000 cases produced

(82)
Male: Cranberry nose and mouth, strong tannins and oak on the finish.

Female: Jammy smell of freshly fermented wine. Sweet and astringent on the palate. Tannin mid through the end.
Bargetto Winery 2005 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains, $24
1,000 cases produced

(81)
Male: Muted chocolate and cedar with backnotes of black currant and some off floral notes in the nose. The palate is livelier than expected with ripe pomegranate and orange zest on the finish. An unusual wine.

Female: Geranium notes on the nose. Black fruit throughout. Simple.
Old World Winery 2003 Windsor Gardens Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, $30
167 cases produced

(81)
Male: The nose is syrah-like...dark and brooding. The palate has black fruit but the elevated alcohol dominates the fruit.

Female: Dill notes overlay the cherry aromas. Black cherry in the mouth and sour cherry on the finish. Quite a bit of alcohol but the cleansing acid on the finish should have this match nicely with grilled meats.
Territorial Vineyards & Wine Company 2003 Capital T Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $40
150 cases produced

(81)
Male: Massive oak on the nose and palate. Very dry tannins. Not enough fruit coming through.

Female: One dimensional - lots of big oak. More Cabernet in style than Pinot.
Carvalho Family Wines 2003 Pinot Noir, Clarksburg, $24
700 cases produced

(80)
Male: Jammy on the nose and in the mouth. Finishes a bit hot with leather and tobacco accents.

Female: Cranberry, clove and tea aromas. Tastes richer than it smells. Oak dominates the finish but there seems to be enough fruit for aging potential.
Hallcrest Vineyards 2004 Belle Farms Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz County, $35
166 cases produced

(80)
Male: Lighter style with non-sweet strawberry and cranberry accented by anise.

Female: Light strawberry with some green notes.
Salitage 2003 Pinot Noir, Pemberton, $18
1250 cases produced

(80)
Male: Cola aromas and flavors dominate the cherry fruit.

Female: Barnyard aromas lead to a palate of cherry, black cherry, and heavy clove notes. Needs time but is there enough acid for longevity?
Villa Mt Eden 2004 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir, Grand Reserve, Santa Maria Valley, $22
2400 cases produced

(80)
Male: Smoky cherry aromas. Big wine on the palate - cherry dominant turning to cranberry on the finish.

Female: Cherry, black cherry and black pepper throughout.
Weibel Family Wines 2004 Pinot Noir, Mendocino County, $19.99
3,111 cases produced

(80)
Male: Not much on the nose but the palate is plush finishing short with too much tannin.

Female: Plum on the palate accented with heavy oak.

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Casa Barranca 2005 La Encantada Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills, $24.99
1325 cases produced

(79)


Galil Mountain Winery 2004 Pinot Noir, Galilee, $10
3000 cases produced

(79)
Male: Old world style and a bit funky. Dried herbs on the nose. Very ripe fruit in the mouth. Lots of tannin and acid on the finish.

Female: Not my style.
Savannah Chanelle 2004 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
? cases produced

(79)


Savannah Chanelle 2004 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
? cases produced

(79)
Male: Nice rich color, juicy and soft cooked strawberry, vanilla carries through the finish.

Female: Fairly one dimensional. Cranberry throughout.
Point Reyes Vineyards 2002 Point Reyes Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir, Marin County, $40
123 cases produced

(78)
Male: Geraniums on the nose. Decent stone fruit. Finishes clean.

Female: Sweet geranium on the nose. Sour cherry in the mouth through the finish.