Category Archives: Pinot Noir

PICK of the RACK: Ceja Vineyards | Vino de Casa | Napa Valley | California | 2009 | $25 (Avg.) | 88 pts

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An unusual blend of Pinot Noir (60%) and Syrah (40%), the Ceja family’s “house wine” fulfills its self-designated role with equal measures of refinement and dexterity. Syrah is dominant on the nose, offering brawny aromas of dark fruit, smoked meat, … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Grace Patriot Wines | Lewis Grace | Pinot Noir | Estate | El Dorado County | California | 2012 | $28 | 92 pts

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Last November we introduced you to the Grace Family and their winery — Grace Patriot Wines, which sits at an elevation of 3,000 feet in the Apple Hill area of El Dorado County, California, near Placerville.  Click here to read our original article, which … Continue reading

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PICKs of the RACK: Two Alluring Reds from Northern Italy

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Claudio Alario | Dolcetto | “Costa Fiore” | Diano d’Alba |  Italy | 2011 | $21 | 89 pts Diano d’Alba is a rural village in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy, roughly 30 miles southeast of Turin.  The area’s vineyards sit at … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Sea Smoke Cellars | “Ten” | Pinot Noir | Sta. Rita Hills AVA | Santa Barbara County | California | 2011 | $82 | 93 pts

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Aromas: ripe boysenberry; orange peel; hints of lavender Character: dry; medium-bodied; fruit-driven; elegant and energetic; moderate tannins; vivid acids; vanilla-tinged oak Flavors: red- and blackberry compote; savory herbs; clove; hints of rhubarb & mineral Food Pairing:  ripe, creamy & medium sharp cheeses; salmon with Champagne sauce; lamb chops … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Alouette | Pinot Noir | Sonoma County | California | 2011 | $25 | 92 pts

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Aromas: aromatic violets and spice; red grapefruit peel; cherry & raspberry notes Character: full-bodied, lush & fruit-driven; mineral undertones; medium tannins and vivid acids; mild oak Flavors: ripe black raspberry & boysenberry; tangy pomegranate; touch of mint Food Pairing: food-friendly – medium-sharp cheeses; … Continue reading

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QUICK SIP: Joseph Phelps | Fogdog | Pinot Noir | Freestone Vineyards | Sonoma Coast | California | 2010 | $35 | 89 pts

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Here’s a spirited Pinot Noir from Joseph Phelps’ Freestone Vineyards, located in the cool and rugged Sonoma Coast region just inland from the Pacific coastline. Aromas of huckleberries and anise lead to flavors of ripe red berries, allspice, and lavender, … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Pali Wine Co. | Pinot Noir | “Summit” | Santa Rita Hills | Santa Barbara County | California | 2010 | $29 | 90 pts

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Aromas:  blackberries; boysenberries; spice. Character:  fruit-driven; rich & full-bodied; luscious mouthfeel; medium tannins; robust acidity; subtle oak. Flavors:  dark fruit compote; flinty minerality; dusting of dark chocolate. Food Pairing:  dry, sharp cheeses; roasted chicken; tenderloin of beef or pork.   Here’s an assertive, voluptuous, … Continue reading

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