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American Wines Pinot Noir

ADELSHEIM CHEHALEM MOUNTAINS “BREAKING GROUND”’14 – “As you’d expect from this pioneering Oregon winery, this is a smooth, sophisticated, accessible yet ageable wine. Polished berry and cherry fruit is swathed in cola and cocoa highlights, running through silky tannins.”…..79.99

ADELSHEIM WILLAMETTE “ELIZABETH’S RESERVE”’13 “Elegant and complex, this conjures up scents and accents of breakfast tea, black cherry, cassis and cut tobacco. It’s tart and sappy, with youthful verve and refreshing acidity.”………109.99

BERNARDUS SANTA LUCIA  “SIERRA MAR”’13  “A strong and complex nose on this wine offers concentrated hibiscus and pomegranate fruit along with star anise, mace, cinnamon, rose petals and a bit of toasted bread. A sip reveals lots of flowery and herbal elements, proving light and elegant, but with lots of flavors, from tart berries to pencil lead and a lifting menthol element.”……………………89.99

CASTLE ROCK MENDOCINO’13  –  “Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of grilled cherries, smoked ham, and tar with a supple, bright, dry medium body and a sleek, interesting, sandalwood finish with medium tannins and light oak. A nice savory, meaty pinot.”…….29.99

COLLIER CREEK LODI “RED WAGON”’15………29 .99

CUPCAKE CENTRAL COAST’13………………29.99

DAVIES FAMILY SELECTIONS – CROIX RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY  “MANZANA SLOPE”’12 – “Croix is the latest project from renowned Napa winemaker, Kirk Venge.  1200 bottles produced.”……… 199.99

DE LOACH CALIFORNIA “HERITAGE RESERVE“‘15………………29.99

DIEBERG SANTA MARIA’09  –  “Dark ruby color; intriguing, tart cherry, cranberry, light herb nose; silky textured, tart cranberry, herbs, mineral palate.”…….89.99

DOMAINE SERENE WILLAMETTE “YAMHILL”’14 – “Aromatic and lushly scented with rhubarb, strawberry, cola, root beer and cocoa powder, this is immediately accessible, and yet structured to age if you can keep your hands off of it. Streaks of beet root sneak in around raspberry and cherry fruit, with firm tannins and highlights of toast, coffee, caramel and dark chocolate. This is a very fine cuvée that seems to gain focus as it rolls through the finish.”…………….92.99

DONELAN SONOMA “TWO BROTHERS”’13…………..…89.99

DUCKHORN “GOLDEN EYE” ANDERSON VALLEY’13 – “Offers a healthy dose of smoky, toasty oak notes, which impart flavor, aromatics and texture, adding to the mix of plum and cherry fruit flavors that for now remain submerged.”…..99.99

DUCKHORN ANDERSON VALLEY “GOLDEN EYE”’14 – “Beautifuly integrated oak spice and a deep well of fruit flavors combine in this richly complex and layered wine. It’s medium to full in body, supple and mouthfilling in texture, and brings a great array of classic aromas to the table. Dark cherry, forest floor, cedar and a hint of wood smoke meld into a feast of flavor.”……89.99

ESSER MONTEREY’14 – Dark garnet color. Lively, roasted aromas and flavors of dark roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, and dried cherries with a silky, bright, body and a silky, interesting, relaxed beet, sweet potato, and cedar bark finish with crunchy, fine tannins and moderate oak. A smooth, flavorful and engaging pinot with nice oak.”………32.99

FORMATION MONTEREY’14 – “Smashed wild red berries and redcurrants are pumped up with a strong oak smoke and struck-match character that is alluring though distracting. Tart cherry and cranberry fruit show along with hibiscus and sandalwood on the light, woody palate that also offers some juniper.”…..32.99

GUGLIELMO WINERY CENTRAL COAST “TRE”14………………..29.99

HAHN SANTA LUCIA “SLH”’15 – “A graceful style that’s medium-weight, with spicy, floral flavors of wilted rose and raspberry. Well-focused and persistent, maintaining its graceful balance and ending clean, with fine-grained tannins.”…………….46.99

ILLAHE VINEYARDS WILLAMETTE “1899”’14………….129.99

ILLAHE ESTATE WILLAMETTE’15 “Aromas of slightly stewed strawberry, earth, and red licorice. Flavors of sour cherry, pomegranate, & mushroom with a dusting of bitter cocoa on the mid palate. Lush, a bit fuller-bodied for a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Lush, with a lingering finish.”………45.99

ILLAHE WILLAMETTE “BON SAUVAGE”’15 “Illahe’s Bon Sauvage bottling explores the wild side of the vineyard and winemaking at Illahe. Savory and dark fruited, it lives up to its name. Intensely aromatic forest floor and sweet black fruit set the stage for ripe black cherry, smoky minerals and herbs, all wrapped up in a long finish.”….59.99

INMAN FAMILY SONOMA – RUSSIAN RIVER PRATT VINE HILL”’13………….119.99

INMAN FAMILY SONOMA – RUSSIAN RIVER SEXTON ROAD RANCH”’13………….119.99

LA CHAMPIGNON MONTEREY’15………….34.99

LONGORIA “FE CIEGA” SANTA RITA HILLS’05 – “Firm and concentrated, with a rich tannic backbone. Hints of nutmeg and dried berry, ending with chewy tannins.”…93.99

LUCIENNE SANTA LUCIA  “SMITH VINEYARD”’13 – Effusively fruity, rich and focused, with blackberry, wild berry and raspberry flavors, showing plum and cedary oak nuances at the edges. Delivers an impressive display of assertive, persistent flavors. For fans of more expressive Pinots.”………………..79.99

MAC PHAIL SONOMA COAST’10  –  Fans of ripe, sweet fruit will love this Pinot. It’s huge in juicy raspberry and cherry, with spicy hints of Dr. Pepper and red licorice.”…………..79.99 

MARK WEST CENTRAL COAST’16…………………..35.99

MARK WEST MONTEREY “BLACK’16 – “The name implies, it’s darker, richer and more full-bodied. It has smoke, black cherry and tobacco on the nose. The palate has black cherry, plum, smoke and blackberry. This dark and rich pinot is achieved by the saignee method of drawing off the lighter wine early on in the winemaking process to increase the skin-to-juice ratio.”……40.99

MERRY EDWARDS RUSSIAN RIVER’14 – A blend from several of the producer’s finest vineyards, including Georganne, Flax, Olivet Lane and Klopp, this offers complex notes of smoky lavender and licorice. Velvety texture underlies mouth-coating flavors of blackberry jam, pomegranate and cardamom, finishing tartly in acidity.”…………119.99

MERRY EDWARDS SONOMA “MEREDITH”’14 – From one of the producer’s older vineyard sites, fully mature and steady, this wine shines in cranberry, rhubarb and strawberry before finding richer, riper streaks of blueberry and blackberry. Generous tannin is seasoned by layers of piquant cinnamon and vanilla. It’s lush and bold.”……………..159.99

MIRASSOU CALIFORNIA’12  –  In the glass the wine appears garnet in color.  Fairly dark for a Pinot Noir, however light does shine through.  Leggy on the sides of the glass.  The drips moved slowly, hinting at a heavier Pinot Noir.  On the nose, Mirassou Pinot Noir gives forth aromas of earthiness.  Also noted was a slight whiff of alcohol alongside a pleasant ripe rasberry aroma.  On the palate, this wine delivers delicious fruits of raspberry and plum.  The slightest bit of dryness accompanies a dark flavor of cherry, vanilla and oak.”…….29.99

NINER WINE EDNA VALLEY’12 Niner’s Paso Robles Bordeaux-style reds have attracted attention. Now the winery turns to Pinot Noir, but they wisely turn to the cooler Edna Valley. The resulting wine is dry, silky and crisp in acidity, with pleasant raspberry and sandalwood flavors.”…………………………49.99

OREGON TRAILS WINE COMPANY WILLAMETTE PINOT NOIR’15……34.99

PARDUCCI CALIFORNIA “SMALL LOT BLEND”’12  –  “This is a dark, tannic Pinot Noir from a big vintage, hefty in dark berry fruit and a taste of leather.”……..29.99

PONZI WILLAMETTE “CLASSICO”’14 “The first vintage for this re-branded, mid-level Ponzi Pinot is a doozy. Lovely aromatics offer a plush potpourri of plum, blueberry and cherry fruit, along with hints of curry, chocolate and hickory chips. Flavors are nicely entwined, round and full bodied, with a streak of root beer.”………79.99

PONZI WILLAMETTE “RESERVE”’14 “The 2014 Ponzi ‘Reserve’ Pinot Noir is a thrilling wine by highly talented head winemaker Luisa Ponzi and her winemaking team. This wine was sourced from the Aurora, Abetina and Madrona Vineyards, as well as fruit from Linda Vista, Kason, Zenith and Walnut Ridge Vineyards. This gorgeous Pinot opens with a bouquet of black cherry, black raspberry, wild strawberry and black tea. This leads to rich and ripe flavors of blood orange with red cherry, candied red raspberry, wild blackberry and suggestions of cran-pomegranate. Lithe and possessing lovely fruit weight.”………………119.99

REATA NAPA-SONOMA’11  – “For the fans of “something different.” A big juniper berry element takes center stage here, followed closely by blueberry, oak, and spice. Finishes clean and smooth, with cherry fruit.”……36.99

RED CAR SONOMA COAST’13 – This wine draws from a handful of tremendous vineyard sites, including the producer’s estate, Platt and Clary Ranch, all cool-climate and windswept. It’s a tight, light and minimally messed-with wine, bright in cherry, pomegranate and rose.”………79.99

RYDER ESTATE CENTRAL COAST’14………29 .99

SOJOURN SONOMA’13 – Deep ruby color; deep, spicy, earthy cherry aromas;  deep and very complex cherry and earthy flavors with lots of spice and oak notes; great texture; great structure and balance; long finish. Big, bold Pinot that’s also layered and nuanced. Needs time and will have a long life…nice depth and structure that is a testament to the fact that an appellation blend in the hands of the right winemaker can be as good or better than a vineyard designate.”…….79.99

THE CALLING RUSSIAN RIVER’14 – A generously fruity, just-ripe and refined wine, this offers classic notions of the appellation in a warm, welcoming vintage, from rhubarb, cranberry and cherry to cola spice and clove. Still young, it shows an intensity that should meld and mellow in the bottle in short order.”…….69.99

TRIONE SONOMA “RIVER ROAD RANCH”’13 – “Elegant and understatedly serious with notes of Morello cherry, pomegranate, white rose, button mushroom and cigar box.……………… 75.99

TRISAETUM WILLAMETTE  “RIBBON RIDGE”’14  “Once again this vineyard delivers irresistibly bright refined flavors of raspberry and cherry fruit—primary, concentrated and immaculately fresh. There’s a touch of mocha from the new barrels, and impressive length.”……………………89.99

WILD HORSE CENTRAL COAST’14 – “The Wild Horse 2014 Pinot Noir (Central Coast, Calif) is a simple but well-made pinot. It has classic cherry and earthy aromas, followed by flavors of more cherry, earth and some vanilla on the finish.”…..42.99

WILLAMETTE VALLEY WILLAMETTE WHOLE CLUSTER’14 – Partially carbonic macerated (think Beaujolais), this bright and fruity wine has extra complexity in this new vintage. An interesting whiff of funk leads to forward and appealing cherry and plum fruit flavors.”…….46.99