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Tag Archives: Pinot Noir

Reactions to 2009 Knez Winery Cerise Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir


 I always want to love Knez wines, but they don’t seem to want to be loved. They’re more like standoffish housecats deigning your admiration than slobbery Golden Retrievers craving your affection. But as of August ’15 the Knez ’09 Cerise is finally opening up and and willing to be a little vulnerable. Certainly distinctive to the […]

Reactions to Toulouse Vineyards 2010 Middle Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir


2010 Toulouse Vineyards Pinot Noir Middle Ridge Vineyard – USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (2/5/2014) A nice little gem from Toulouse. Leaner, less overtly juicy than many recent Toulouse Pinots, and definitely for the better. Drinking well in February ’14 – starting to acquire some older, savory notes in an elegant way. A favorite […]

Reactions to 2007 Toulouse Vineyards Pinot Noir “The Drippings”


2007 Toulouse Vineyards Pinot Noir “The Drippings” – USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (9/7/2013) Toulouse wines are made very much for drinking on release, and I love them for that. They’re like bright-eyed golden retrievers, eager to be loved and easy to love. The “Drippings” Pinots, produced in some vintages with maturation “on the […]

Wine Review: Viña Casa Marin “Cartagena” Pinot Noir 2004 (Chile)


Wow! This Pinot Noir from Chile is beautifully dark and seductive. A great value at $19.99. This might be the only Chilean Pinot Noir I’ve ever seen. Chile certainly has no Pinot heritage, so I’m guessing this winery’s foray into Pinot is very recent. Perhaps inspired to capitalize on the Sideways Pinot boom or just […]

Wine Review: Anthill Farms Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (2006 & 2007 Vintages)


The Anthill Farms Anderson Valley wines perfectly capture the character (okay, “terroir“) of the Anderson Valley. Try either vintage to understand what this wine region is all about. I’m not super-familiar with the story of Anthill Farms, but it seems they’re some young winemakers specializing in vineyard-designate Pinot Noir from Mendocino and Sonoma counties. Brian […]

Wine Review: Bogle Pinot Noir – 2007 Russian River: So Close, but Yet So Far


Let’s just get it out of the way. The Bogle 2007 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is ruined by an overwhelming buttery note. This wine has several other redeeming qualities, but they don’t outweigh the butter. I’ve started to despair of finding a sub-$20 Pinot Noir that’s worth drinking. Certainly sub-$15 is even tougher. My […]