2007 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Goldridge Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2007
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

The label lists this as 33 year old vines.  Great showing.  Ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose is great with black cherries, slight cola, cherries, spice and slight earthiness.  Wonderful round texture.  Tannins resolved.  On the palate, this seems to be at peak.  Black cherries with slight cherries and a bit of spice.  No signs of age but certainly mature.  Drink over the next seven to ten years.  Nice on its own, this would work well with roasted chicken.  

1994 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Goldridge Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1994
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

The label proclaims the grapes were from 20 year old vines.  What a treat to taste this at age 29.  Drinking beautifully.  Ruby color, clear and bright.  Just the barest tinge or browning.  The nose is great with cherries, slight rhubarb, slight cola, dust and spice.  Medium bodied.  This is mature but if it is past, it hides it very well.  Impressive.  The palate has cherries, rhubarb and an underlying earthiness.  Complex.  Nice finish.  This seems like it would still have life left but given bottle variation with older wines, be prudent.  Nice on its own or with food.  This deserves a ni

2013 Kutch Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch, USA, California, Sonoma Coast, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

Jamie Kutch makes some of the best values in top quality (expensive) Pinot Noir.  Purple/ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is good with cherries, char and spice.  Medium to full bodied.  Tannins seems fully integrated.  On the palate, cherries, black cherries and just a bit of char.  Good balance.  Long finish with a slight green herbal note.  Delicious. This is still young but closing in on maturity.  Drink over the next ten to fifteen years.  Great on its own, this will work well with fowl or pork.  It would also go great with Vietnamese food.  

2014 Littorai Pinot Noir The Pivot Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma Coast, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A

The definition of a feminine Pinot Noir.  Light ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose is beautiful with cherries, slight strawberry, char and earthiness.  Medium bodied.  Light tannins.  On the palate, this is complex and layered.  Almost delicate but too persistent.  Cherries, slight black cherries, with spice and forest floor.  Long finish.  This is near maturity but may have a bit more to go.  it should drink well for another eight to twelve years.  Nice on its own, probably better with food.  Pan Roasted duck with wild mushrooms would be perfect.  

2014 Sojourn Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast, USA, California, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$65.00USD

Deep ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose is tight at first but opens with air.  Sweaty with a burnt note along with cherries and slight cola.  Medium to full bodied.  On the palate, sweet black cherry fruit.  Deep.  This drinks very easy but it has a complexity that should come out with age.  This drinks well today and should continue for another ten to twelve years.  Nice on its own, this will work well with food.  Mushroom pizza would be a great match.  

2013 Boars' View Pinot Noir The Coast, USA, California, Sonoma Coast, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$150.00USD

My first time trying this winery.  Very impressive.  In a blind tasting of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, this was the runaway winner for the group.  Ruby in color, purple at the core.  The nose has smoke, cherries, black cherries, slight cola and a nice earthiness to it.  Lovely velvety texture.  On the palate black cherries and slight anise.  Long finish.  This is still youthful but approaching maturity.  Drinks great on its own and will work well with food.  Mushroom Risotto would be great.  Drink over the next ten to fifteen years.  

2016 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma Coast, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$80.00USD

This is a bigger wine than many of the Sonoma Coast Pinots, as such, it will perhaps, take a bit longer to mature.  Purple in color with ruby swirls, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is very tight.  Spice.  With air, black cherries and slight sour cherries emerge.  Great, lush texture.  On the palate, cherries, coffee and slight sour cherries.  This is either ripe or has a bit of residual sugar as it does come off almost sweet.  Nice finish.  These needs another seven to ten years in the cellar and it should come together beautifully.  Right now, this is a Pinot for those who like them t

2013 Soliste Cellars Pinot Noir Renaissance, USA, California, Sonoma Coast, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+

Light ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose has black cherries, cola, spice along with a slight earthy funk.  Medium bodied.  Soft texture.  Flavors of cherries, slight root beer and spice.  Light tannins.  Nice finish with a hint of mint.  This is drinking well now although just a bit shy of maturity.  Drink over the next seven to ten years.  Better with food, this would be a nice match with Tandoori Chicken.  

2014 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Campbell Ranch Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma Coast, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$40.00USD

Light ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, dust, iodine and slight spice.  Medium bodied.  Tart acidity.  Light tannins.  On the palate cherries with some spice.  A bit of cherry cough drop on the finish.  This seems to be just getting to peak.  Drink over the next seven to ten years.  It will work better with food due to the acidity.  It would be a nice match with Roasted Duck.  

2021 Adelsheim Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Oregon, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
85
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

Ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose is light with cherry juice, slight rhubarb and slighter sour cherries.  Light to medium bodied.  No tannins.  On the palate, light red fruit.  Easy.  Moderate finish.  This is drinking well and should be drunk over the next couple of years.  It will work better but needs lighter foods.

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