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Wine To Go: American Pinot Noir

American Pinot Noir

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.”………80.99

ALEXANA WILLAMETTE-DUNDEE “REVANA – TERRIOR”’15  “This pretty Pinot offers ripe fruit flavors of strawberry and cherry. There’s a nice dash of chocolate and a supple, seamless mouthfeel, with all the components beautifully integrated.”………69.99

ARGYLE DUNDEE HILLS “SPIRITHOUSE”’16 – “Sourced from the Knudsen vineyard, this medium-bodied effort brings flavors of brambly berries and a touch of wet stone. It seems to trail off a bit in the finish, leaving a light lick of citrus as it fades.”……97.99

AU BON CLIMAT CALIFORNIA “ISABELLE”’15 – Refined and elegant, with sandalwood notes to the cherry, dried berry and plum flavors. Cedar and spice accents fill the long, luxurious finish, caressing the palate with silky tannins.”………73.99

AU BON CLIMAT SANTA MARIA “BIEN NACIDO”’15 – “From Jim Clendenen’s historic vineyard collection of wines, this bottling (from the vineyard that surrounds his winery) is light in the glass with aromas of red cherry, bay leaf, juniper and vanilla. The herbal attack is powerful on the palate, where oregano, sage and chamomile lift up the cranberry and pomegranate fruit.”………63.99

BANSHEE SONOMA’17 – The 2017 Pinot Noir (Sonoma County) is lovely and also a terrific value. Bright red-toned fruit and floral notes give the Sonoma County Pinot much of its considerable appeal. This is such a gorgeous wine in its peer group.”………34.99

BEAULIEU VINEYARD CALIFORNIA “COASTAL”’14……….20.99

BELLE GLOS SANTA MARIA VALLEY “CLARK & TELEPHONE”’17 – Juicy, flanked by intense notes of dried underbrush to the raspberry and red currant flavors. The sleek finish is dominated by a crunchy spiciness.”………69.99

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.”……………………66.99

BIRICHINO CENTRAL COAST “SAINT GEORGES”’17 – Very light in the glass, this bottling from an old vineyard shows candied pomegranate, sage and thyme on the delicate nose. There is solid grip to the sip, with tangy cranberry and a pinch of white pepper. It is a great red wine for a sunny day.”………39.99

BRAVIUM ANDERSON VALLEY’16 – This is a refreshing, narrowly focused wine with lively acidity and firm tannins surrounding tart raspberry and cranberry flavors.”………44.99

BREWER CLIFTON STA. RITA HILLS’16  –  “A chiseled red, with notes of underbrush to the dried raspberry and red currant flavors that feature accents of persimmon and pomegranate. Cardamom details show on the finish.”…………39.99  

CALERA CENTRAL COAST – MT. HARLAN “DE VILLIERS”’16  – De Villiers is a large vineyard, planted in 1997 on largely east-facing slopes high on Mt. Harlan. Josh Jensen used that fruit to produce a dark and smoky pinot noir with savory notes of kid leather and tobacco. The flavors shed the savor in favor of dark, beguiling fruit, of burnished cherry spiced with pipe tobacco, cradled by oak but hardly dominated by it.”…………………88.99

CARPE DIEM ANDERSON VALLEY’15 – An exciting wine that is positively lean in style, and then a pure, dry strawberry fruit asserts itself on the palate, mingled with herbs and rosehip, and just a little nutty sweetness to soften it.” Ronan Sayburn MS (95): “A remarkable mix of deliciousness and elegance: red and black fruits coming through on the nose and lingering throughout the palate making this a well-balanced wine with great length.”………48.99

CASTLE ROCK CALIFORNIA “CUVEE’13…………20.99

CRISTOM WILLAMETTE-EOLA-MITY HILLS “EILEEN”’16 – “Graceful and precise, with an elegant core of complexity buoyed by expressive dark berry, black tea and river stone accents that lead to persistent yet refined tannins.”……………90..99

CRISTOM VINEYARDS WILLAMETTE EOLA-AMITY HILL “JESSIE VINEYARD”’15  – Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2015 Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard is scented of kirsch, mulberries and raspberry tart with underlying Chinese five spice, hoisin and mossy bark hints. Medium-bodied, there’s a very seductive mid-palate of red berry and exotic spice flavors, supported by velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with spicy layers.”…………..87.99

DAVIES FAMILY SELECTIONS – CROIX RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY  “MANZANA SLOPE”’12 – “Croix is the latest project from renowned Napa winemaker, Kirk Venge.  1200 bottles produced.”……… 143.99

DIEBERG SANTA MARIA’09  –  “Dark ruby color; intriguing, tart cherry, cranberry, light herb nose; silky textured, tart cranberry, herbs, mineral palate.”……66.99

DOMAINE SERENE WILLAMETTE “YAMHILL”’15 – “A lively, lithe and inviting red, offering an array of red fruit, floral and spice overtones that come together on the focused and deftly balanced finish.”…………….65.99

DUCKHORN ANDERSON VALLLEY “GOLDEN EYE”’16 – This wine is full bodied, dark and brooding— in a good way. It has concentrated flavors of black fruit and ripe red berry as well as attractive oak accents of cinnamon and clove. Fine-grained tannins lend ample support and structure.”………69.99

ERATH WILLAMETTE “RESPLENDENT”’18……..…23.99

FESS PARKER SANTA RITA HILLS “POMMARD CLONE”’16  – Very earthy on the front end, this clonal selection presents aromas of dark hibiscus, baked red fruits, pine forest floor, peppercorn and wild herbs. Tangy cranberry and sour cherry show on the sip, where a decent tension frames the palate.”………….87.99

GUGLIELMO WINERY CENTRAL COAST “TRE”14………………..23.99

HAHN MONTEREY “NICKY HAHN”’15………………………..25.99

ILLAHE VINEYARDS WILLAMETTE “1899”’14………….94.99

INMAN FAMILY SONOMA – RUSSIAN RIVER “PRATT VINE HILL”’13………….87.99

INMAN FAMILY SONOMA – RUSSIAN RIVER SEXTON ROAD RANCH”’13………….87.99

JOSEPH JEWELL RUSSIAN RIVER “MARTINI CLONES OLD GIRLS STARSCAPE”’16 – Spicy and tannic in plum, cherry and dust, this vineyard and clone-designate shows grippy structure and a mineral push of dust, crushed rock and turned earth. The fruit is brightened in citrus undertones.”………90.99

JOSEPH JEWELL RUSSIAN RIVER “RUBIES”’13 – Sourced from four sites including the dry-farmed Hallberg Vineyard in Green Valley, this lasts on the clean red cherry flavor of Russian River pinot noir picked at moderate ripeness. It shows some delicacy in a rose petal aroma and sandy tannins that focus the fruit. With a day of air, an alcohol warmth begins to show through, suggesting that it’s a pinot noir to drink on the young side, while it’s still juicy and ebullient.”………90.99

JOSEPH JEWELL RUSSIAN RIVER “STARSCAPE”’14 – Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Nice floral, pine forest and spiced cherry perfume. Luxurious and polished in the mouth, featuring a mid weight core of black cherry, and purple and black berry fruits. Admirable balance with only a hint of oak.”………76.99

KOSTA BROWNE SONOMA’17  – Moving to the two reds, the appellation 2017 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast reveals a ruby/purple, translucent color as well as a stunning perfume of black raspberries, cassis, crushed violets, spice box, sweet earth. It’s rich, medium to full-bodied, has beautiful depth, a kiss of background oak, and a great finish. Mostly destemmed and aged 17 months in 40% new French oak, it’s a brilliant wine to drink over the coming decade or more.”…………………139.99

KOSTA BROWNE RUSSIAN RIVER VALLLEY’17 – Juicy, with lithe flavors of crushed red plum, cherry tart and red currant that feature notes of raspberry preserves. The lively finish is ebulliently spiced, showing some flinty hints.”………132.99

LA CREMA SONOMA’16………………………39.99

LEFT COAST WILLAMETTE “CALI’S”’15  –  “This is still pretty stiff and tight through the midpalate, with fruit ranging from cranberry to raspberry and sour cherry. Tannins leave a slightly green impression; the wine doesn’t seem ripe and full flavored.”…………32.99  

LONG MEADOW ANDERSON’15 – “This new wine from an estate vineyard is the strong, quiet type that’s not effusively fruity but instead emphasizes mineral elements and great structure. An attractive chalky, spicy aroma leads to beautifully restrained red cherry and pomegranate flavors that seem to grow and expand with each sip. The texture is firmly tannic but also polished, supported by perfect acidity that keeps everything sharp and focused.”…….56.99

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.”…….69.99

LUSTRA MONTEREY’16..………..26.99

LYNMAR RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY PINOT NOIR’17……69.99

LYNMAR RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY “QUAIL HILL” PINOT NOIR’17……97.99

MACROSTIE SONOMA’11………………………33.99

MARK WEST CENTRAL COAST’16……..27.99

MARK WEST “BLACK LABEL” MONTEREY ’16……..24.99

MARITANA RUSSIAN RIVER “LE RUSSE” PINOT NOIR’17……..76.99

MERRY EDWARDS RUSSIAN RIVER-SONOMA’17 – This wine is tangy and fresh, with lively acidity carrying flavors of red cherry, cranberry and blueberry. Lifted tones of rose and white pepper counteract a full-bodied richness and complements the lushness of the fruit.”………94.99

MORGAN SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS “DOUBLE L VINEYARDS”’15 – “Light cranberry and pomegranate show on the nose of this always-anticipated bottling by Dan Lee, with a pine-needle aroma to provide depth. The slightly sour flavor of Montmorency cherries mixes with snappy cranberry and underripe red currants on the sip, which gains herbal and peppery spice complexity as it breathes.”….87.99

MORNINGSIDE CALIFORNIA16…….24.99

OREGON TRAILS WINE COMPANY WILLAMETTE PINOT NOIR’17……26.99

PACIFIC HEIGHTS SONOMA’15  – Cherry, strawberry and baking spices combine in this medium-bodied wine that offers texture and soft, supple layers of refreshing acidity.”…………..27.99

PALI SANTA RITA HILLS “FIDDLESTIX”’16 – “Heavy aromas of black cherry, root beer, purple flowers and crushed clove show on the nose of this rich yet complex bottling from a vineyard planted in 1998. The intensity continues on the palate, where black cherry and chai spices make for a powerful experience.”…………….90.99

PALI SANTA RITA HILLS “HUBER”’14 – Hibiscus and raspberry mesh with lots of iron and a touch of smoke on the nose of this bottling from a vineyard that the winery leases. That iron and rust character shows on the palate too, up against a dried strawberry and ripe cranberry backdrop. Flinty minerality and minty herbs enhance this light and lithe wine that is full of character.”…….87.99

PESSAGNO CENTRAL COAST’07……………..28.99

PHELPS CREEK OREGON “ALEXANDRINE – COLUMBIA GORGE” PINOT NOIR’14 – Lovely strawberry and cherry fruit comes with light touches of sweet spice. It’s a pretty wine, yet does not sacrifice power. A toasty note graces the finish.”……69.99

PHELPS CREEK OREGON “COLUMBIA GORGEPINOT NOIR13………………32.99

PHELPS CREEK OREGON LE PETITE” PINOT NOIR18………………24.99

RAMEY NAPA’16 – “Dark, brooding black fruit and strong tannin greet a rich, interwoven palate of full-bodied ripeness and cola in this lush red wine. The grapes are sourced from the warmer reaches of the appellation and show deep concentration lifted by moderate acidity.”…….69.99

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.”………59.99

RICKSHAW CALIFORNIA’10 – “Pretty cherry and wild strawberry aromas and flavors leap from the glass, accented by hints of clove, warm earth, and baking spices. The palate is juicy, with an unctuous core of red fruit that carries you through to a spice-kissed finish.  Balanced and cleanly made.”………30.99

ROBERT MONDAVI NAPA “RESERVE”’10  – Dark ruby color with fresh cherry, pomegranate, cedarwood, and floral aromas. On the palate it’s complex, medium-bodied and balanced with a very silky mouthfeel, and tart-ish cherry, cranberry and pomegranate flavors. Long finish.”…………..88.99

SAMSARA SANTA RITA HILLS’14 – “There’s a dark red-fruit element that starts the deep nose of this wine, but then come brighter red cherries, carnation and vanilla spice. Tart red cherries and nutmeg show on the sip, where a grippy texture and just enough acidity make for a solid appellation blend.”………60.99

SCOTT FAMILY MONTEREY’15 – At first, this is plump on the nose, with cherries and warm star anise. Aromas of dried plum skins, orange rind and bitter black tea then reveal layers of complexity. Light in body and energetic on the palate, it shows strong peppery spice against the tart red fruit, making for a very lively experience.”…….27.99

SIDURI WILLAMETTE’17 – Sleek and polished, with elegantly layered raspberry, orange peel and savory cinnamon flavors that linger toward refined tannins.”………26.99

SILVER PEAK NORTH COAST’16 ……23.99

TENSLEY “LEA” STA. RITA HILLS’09………..…59.99

TRILUS CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIR’17.………..26.99

TRIONE SONOMA “RIVER ROAD RANCH”’13 – “Elegant and understatedly serious with notes of Morello cherry, pomegranate, white rose, button mushroom and cigar box.………………56.99

TRIONE SONOMA “RIVER ROAD RANCH”’15 – A brashly oaked, modern style that has ample spice and meaty, youthful complexity on the nose. The palate has a wealth of neatly detailed tannins and plush, dark fruit, laced with attractive oak spice.”…..55.99

TRISAETUM YAMHILL – CARLTON “COAST RANGE”’18……..…57.99

TRUCHARD NAPA’16 – “Concentrated notes of forest floor give this red a savory appeal. Dried berry and roasted cherry flavors lead to a finish of hot spice.”……46.99

VALLEY OF THE MOON SONOMA’17……31.99