Top Ten Pinot Noirs of 2016

I tend to taste and drink a lot of wine over the course of a year. I am in a few tasting groups, sometimes the wines are consumed at various local wine store tastings and a number drunk with friends and family.

Gunther Schlink 2020 Pinot Noir Rosé

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$14.00USD

From the Nahe, one of Germany’s best wine growing regions, comes this delightful rosé of Pinot Noir. Known as Spätburgunder in Germany, Pinot Noir is one of the country’s top red wines. Pale copper in color this is an uncomplicated rosé that is aimed for pure enjoyment. There’s proper acidity that flows through this wine from start to finish and just a hint of sweetness. Soft fruit notes of honeydew melon, lemon and strawberry dominate with a whisper of black cherry on the finish. Light, clean and satisfying. ORIGIN: Nahe, Germany. ALCOHOL: 12%

Siduri 2020 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
92
Grade: 
Current Price: 
$35.00USD

One of the things that distinguishes Oregon Pinot Noir from much of California is there is an earthiness that California does not possess. This 2020 certainly offers bright and expressive Pinot fruit – strawberry, Bing cherry, red raspberry, along with pomegranate and cola notes, but also an earthiness similar to mild mushroom. The acidity is in check, the fruit and oak nicely balanced, and you’re left with a solid wine that reflects its place of origin.

Laetitia 2019 Reserve du Domaine Pinot Noir

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
93
Grade: 
Current Price: 
$44.00USD

Comprised of an intelligent collection of different clones including Martini, Dijon and Pommard, this beautifully showcases this winery off Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo County. Originally known for their sparkling wines, Laetitia is also quite adept at still wines. Earthy and savory, this reserve opens up with lithe notes of black cherry, plum, pomegranate, Bing cherry and back notes of mushroom, cedar, tea leaf and plantain.

NV Corvezzo Prosecco DOC Rosé Extra Dry, Italy, Wine Review

Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$13.00USD

This is a blend of Glera and Pinot Noir grapes.  Salmon pink in color.  Frothy with a variety of sized bubbles.  The nose has strawberries and slight apple notes.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, there is nice acidity.  Slightly sweet.  Cherries and strawberries.  A lingering finish.  An enjoyable Prosecco with some depth as well.  Very nice on its own, this should work well with food.  It would go nicely with roasted turkey or duck.  Drink over the next couple of years.  

2021 Tegernseerhof Rosé Federspiel, Austria, Wachau, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

This is a 50/50 blend of Zweigelt and Pinot Noir.  Pale, silvery/salmon pink in color, clear and bright.  The nose is tight with some watermelons.  Moderate acidity. On the palate, watermelon and slight strawberry notes.  Clean.  Some heat on the finish.  A fine wine to sip with lunch or on the deck.  It will work well with  lighter foods.  Chicken salad would work well.  

2019 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Pinot Noir Reserve, Austria, Langenloiser, Kaferberg, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

2019 was an excellent and ripe vintage in Lower Austria.  It allowed Brundlmayer to make a very nice Pinot Noir.  Light ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose has nice cherries, some cranberries and some black cherries along with a bit of spice.  Bright acidity.  Lovely texture.  Light tannins.  On the palate, cherries with slight underlying earthiness.  Good finish.  This is young and it could use three to five more years of cellaring.  It should drink for ten to twelve years after that.  It would work nicely with roasted duck or chicken.  

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