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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.”…..49.99

ADELSHEIM WILLAMETTE’14 – “Lithe, supple, lively and expressive, layering boysenberry, pomegranate, floral and coffee notes on a sleek frame, with powdery tannins. Finishes with presence and persistence.”…..65.99

CALERA CENTRAL COAST’14 – “Relatively light in the glass, this blend of nine vineyards from up and down the coast shows savory baked plum, cardamom dust, earthy cranberry, bay leaf and smoked meat on the nose. It’s medium bodied on the palate and very down-the-middle flavor-wise, with cranberry, oregano and thyme elements.”…..59.99

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

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

DOMAINE EDEN SANTA CRUZ’13 – “While this wine’s Mount Eden sister bottling may better stand the test of time, the Domaine Eden is what most people will most like to drink right now, and it’s cheaper too. Aromas of dried violets, uncrushed boysenberries and pencil lead make for an ethereal nose that seems to hold secrets one must uncover. Precise tannins on the palate offer floral yet savory flavors of black sesame, nori, violet and mulberry. It’s mellow yet mysterious.”…..69.99

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  “GOLDENEYE”’ 14 Always one of our favorite Pinots, the 2014 knocks it out of the park.  From a stellar vintage, its rich and distinctive, with complex, concentrated black cherry, wild berry, savory spice and fresh earth scents. The tannins are rich and mouthcoating, yet the fruit pours through.”…….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

ETUDE CARNEROS “GRACE BENOIST”’14 This light-bodied wine is unfussy in its approach, with svelte notions of roses and lavender. Earthy black tea and cherry commingle nicely as the texture remains smoothly approachable.”…….45.99

ETUDE CARNEROS “HIERLOOM”’14…………………….149.99

ETUDE SANTA BARBARA LYRIC”’15 – “A blend of grapes from North Canyon and Fiddlestix vineyards, this bottling shows hickory smoke, cherry pie and floral aromas on the nose. The palate offers tart blackberry, cranberry, clove and vanilla flavors, with a smoky, roasted pork touch.”………..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

FRANK FAMILY CARNEROS’13 – “Orange and cranberry take center stage, while savory cinnamon and cardamom dance in the background, shimmering around full-bodied tannin and oak. Mildly exotic, there’s an intensity to this wine, that ends in fig compote.”…..79.99

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

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

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

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

LEFT COAST CELLARS WILLAMETTE “CALI’S CUVEE”’ 14 A splendid example of affordable Oregon Pinot, this benefits from a great vintage for forward, fruit-driven wines. It has additional assets: balance, texture and length, all compact in a young wine still in its infancy.”…….44.99

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’14 – “Medium forming legs and aromas of blackberry and raspberry. It’s somewhat balanced and has flavors of raspberry and blackberry with a light/medium body. Round texture with a medium finish.”…35.99

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

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 “TAVOLA”’15 – “Who puts their lowest-priced Pinot Noir in 20% new French oak, and includes fruit from their best vineyards in the blend? Ponzi does, and the result is a terrific vintage for Tavola. Bright, compact, aromatic and lushly fruited with plum and black cherry, this is a stunning value. Cola, caramel and cinnamon spice add further details and highlights.”…..49.99

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

TRILIUS CALIFORNIA’14 – “Trilus was crafted using some of our favorite Pinot Noir vineyards, well known for their ability to represent the grape variety and the soils on which they were grown. This wine effortlessly balances the finesse you look for in top Burgundies with the bolder style you often find in California Pinots.”………..34.99

TRISAETUM OREGON  “ESTATE RESERVE”’10  – Firm in texture, with a loamy, wet earth edge to the dark berry flavors. Finishes with a light coating of tannins.”………………….149.99

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