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- Castalia Pinot Noir Rochioli Vineyard Russian River Valley 2016Please proceed to checkout to reveal our lowest price.Special Price $59.98Availability:In Stock“Castalia is a legendary spring on Mount Parnassas in Ancient Greece favored by Apollo. Its waters bestowed upon those who drank from its fountain the gifts of poetry and inspiration…”
The above quote is from the back label of this hidden gem of a Pinot, but the connection with Greece ends with the name. It did, however, seem as good a place as any to start a story with a rather close connection to one of California’s legendary producers. We are always looking for the next remarkable find and, because of our apparently ‘unusual’ (so we are told) open door policy, sometimes the ‘next big thing’ simply walks in the door. Learn More
- The Pinot Project Pinot Noir 2017WE90JS91$11.98Availability:In Stock91 Points! Fresh and refined pinot with strawberries, hints of cherries and blanched walnuts on the nose and palate. Medium body, silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Shows subtlety and flavor. Drink now. - JamesSuckling.comLearn More
- Lola Pinot Noir North Coast 2016JD90$17.98Availability:In StockThough they have been around since 2008, this is only our second encounter with LOLA. Winemaker/owner Seth Cripe got bit by the wine bug at 17 while working as a busboy near his home in Anna Maria Island, Florida. You’ve heard the story before many times about the person who works at various wine locales around the world to learn ropes and then finds his niche. Seth’s niche turned out to be making wine from important appellations, but selling them at reasonable prices. What a concept. The LOLA Pinot Noir tastes like, um, Pinot Noir. Good Pinot Noir and we aren’t trying to be wiseacres because you know so many of them out there only bear a vague resemblance to the real deal after they have been manipulated in the cellar and pumped up with some other varietal.The winery is located in Napa, but the juice for the Lola Pinot Noir North Coast 2016 comes from Pinot-legit places like Mendocino, Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast AVAs. Tender, fruit driven core, red fruits that lean a little blue, a touch of spice and violet, it is a surprisingly engaging quaff. Since LOLA costs about the same as a mass-marketed Pinot whose name is five letters starting with ‘M’ and ending in ‘I’, we can’t imagine why anyone would buy that when they could buy this! The only reason we can fathom is that people don’t know about LOLA yet. The whole winery produces 12,000 cases total of several varietals, and there are hundreds of thousands of cases of our mass-market Pinot. Clearly LOLA is still kind of an insiders’ find, but now you know.We’ll leave here with the words of Jeb Dunnuck, who apparently also found this Pinot rather charming, “…An excellent value …It saw a touch of whole cluster and 6 months in used barrels. It offers a sweetly fruited, pretty, elegant, classic Pinot Noir style (which isn’t a given at this price point) to go with notes of cherries, toast and spice. Drink it over the coming 3-5 years...90 points.”Learn More
- Hillersden Estate Pinot Noir Marlborough 2016$19.98Availability:In StockWe have been selling New Zealand Pinot Noirs since the 1993 vintage, prior to which we had no idea they even made Pinot Noir in New Zealand. A Pinot Noir-centric Oregon purveyor went there and hand carried back things like Ata Rangi and Te Mata, and our impression was that this was clearly the start of something significant. In the roughly quarter century that followed, the Kiwis have established themselves as an important Pinot Noir option in this marketplace.Back then few had a clear idea of the appellations or general lay of the land, but certain consistent profiles became apparently. Generally New Zealand Pinots are cooler customers and a bit more savory. Sometimes they can be downright sharp and green, perhaps just a bit too ‘cool climate’ for our tastes. But the best examples have a more pronounced fruit core and more rounded edges, but still present their fruit in a more restrained, lifted, cooler-edged manner. It is the ones that hit that happy medium of bright mulberry and dark cherry fruit with enough palate tenderness to give them a broader audience that really present viable and distinctive options for Pinot fans.The best examples play to that, and Hillersden is a new face for us that offers a great look at a wine that is reasonably outgoing yet at the same time distinctly New Zealand. The mulberry, plum and dark cherry fruit has both mineral and savory spice underpinnings, but also possesses a suppler palate-feel and somewhat softer edges to really give a good reckoning of the place without one having to forgive a touch of shrillness far too many have. The combination in the Hillersden Estate Pinot Noir Marlborough 2016 makes for a compelling drink and the price point is relatively easy on the pocketbook. In other words, we may have found a new player moving forward but this example certainly delivers. Their claim is that they are the only family-owned, single estate producer in Wairu.We had never heard of this producer before but that may have to do with the fact that their history only goes back to 2015. They are in the upper Wairu Valley, which is a bit further inland and a bit warmer than many of the other Marlborough sites. This would certainly help make the wine fleshier while still preserving the brightness of the flavors. Winemaker Adam Kubrock actually grew up in Walla Walla and made Syrah and other reds but became enchanted with the cool climate winemaking Down Under. This Pinot sees 10 months in 25% new French oak and all of the fruit is farmed sustainably.
- Evening Land Salem Wine Co. Pinot Noir Eola Amity Hills 2017$22.98Availability:In Stock
The whole story of the evolution of Seven Springs Vineyard over the last four decades has been a varied and interesting one reaching back to the 'formative years' of Oregon Pinot Noir. But under the winemaking team of Sashi Moorman and Rajat Parr, it may be that the best times are still ahead for Evening Land. Certainly the wines under the primary label continue to get critical acclaim, and they are at the forefront of the ‘hey we make pretty darn good Chardonnay in Oregon these days’ movement as well. Certainly their credentials are in order. But this time around we are talking about a relatively new offering that provides a classic demonstration of why we pay a lot of attention to the ‘small’ wines from important producers...Learn More
- Capiaux Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands 2015WA92VM92$49.98Availability:In Stock92 Points! Capiaux knows his Pinot vineyards, as he accesses fruit from two of the finest in the Santa Lucia Highlands. The 2014 Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard is a relatively large cuvée for Capiaux of 376 cases. This wine has those unmistakable DRC forest floor and floral notes as well as black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, as it is a darker fruited, more earthy, but rich, broad and plush Pinot Noir. This opulent, sexy Pinot Noir fruit bomb should be drunk over the next 7-8 years. - Robert Parker, robertparker.comLearn More
- The Hilt Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills 2014WA92VM93$44.98Availability:In Stock92 Points! The vibrant ruby colored 2014 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills offers up a serious, fresh bouquet of ripe black raspberry, crushed flowers, candied violets and blood orange. This gives way to a medium-bodied, concentrated, yet tight, sappy Pinot Noir that will be better this time next year, and have a decade of overall longevity. - Jeb Dunnuck, eRobertParker.com #226Learn More
- Cobb Pinot Noir Rice Spivak Vineyard 30 Months 2008WA91VM91Special Price $54.98 Regular Price $75.00Availability:In Stock91 Points! A late release, Cobb’s 2008 Pinot Noir Rice-Spivak Vineyard was bottled along with the 2009s, which means it spent a whopping 30 months in barrel, highly unusual for Pinot Noir. Dried red fruits, savory herbs and licorice all waft from the glass. Given the extended time in barrel (indicated on the back label), it isn’t surprising the 2008 shows mellowed nuances in its fruit. Hints of tar, asphalt and licorice all add gravitas on the finish. An exotic and intriguing wine, the Rice-Spivak is another beautiful wine from Ross Cobb. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020. Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate #206, April 2013Learn More
- Meyer Nakel Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir) Rosé 2018$22.98Availability:In StockA few years back when we started to see the first Germans roses, our first thought was that the 'fad' had gone too far. But as soon as we started tasting them, we were convinced that this was something that went beyond mere copycatting. One of our first experiences with Deutscher pinks was this one and we have been fans ever since. So what does a 100% Pinot Noir Rosé crafted by the best Pinot Noir producer in Germany taste like? It is pretty special stuff. It is light and fresh enough on the palate but still feels like a red wine by virtue of its palate weight and presence. What is it with Pinot Noir Pinks and the Germans? These guys are making better pink wine from this grape variety than anyone else in the whole entire world. This one excites with its red cherry and strawberry echo, dense yet pinpoint mid-palate and that elusive combination of 'serious' and 'joy' that separates the great pinks from the good ones. It can play with 'serious' food as well. Learn More
- Peake Ranch Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills 2016JD93$36.98Availability:In Stock93 Points! Black cherries, black raspberries, smoked herbs, and hints of licorice define the bouquet of the 2016 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills, which is the entry level Pinot Noir of this estate. It's a rich, concentrated, powerful Pinot Noir that has moderate tannins, good acidity, and beautiful upfront charm. Aged 18 months in 62% new French oak, drink it any time over the coming 6-7 years. - Jeb DunnuckLearn More
- Hartford Court Pinot Noir Lands Edge Vineyard Sonoma Coast 2015JD95WA95$42.98Availability:In Stock95 Points! One of the brilliant efforts from Hartford Court is the 2015 Pinot Noir Land’s Edge Vineyards. From a site located only four miles from the Pacific Ocean, this wine has a saturated ruby/purple color and a beautiful concentration of blueberry, black raspberry and black cherry, some crushed rock and spring flowers. The terrific fruit on the attack and mid-palate, the full-bodied finish and intensity are all promising in this brilliant effort. Drink it over the next decade. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.comLearn More
- Bonaccorsi Pinot Noir Melville Vineyard 2012WA92$29.98Availability:In Stock92 Points! The 2012 Pinot Noir Melville Vineyard is a beauty. A classic expression of the vineyard with its sous bois, leafy herbs and almost tapenade nuances, it opens up nicely in the glass and has ample kirsch and darker berry fruits. A medium-bodied, balanced, elegant and nicely textured Pinot Noir, it was completely destemmed and raised in French oak, with 25% being new. Readers who like the gamier side of Pinot Noir need to check this out. - Jeb Dunnuck, Wine AdvocateLearn More
- Bonaccorsi Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard 2010WE93WA91VM90Please proceed to checkout to reveal our lowest price.Special Price $49.98Availability:In Stock93 Points! A terrific Pinot, wonderful for drinking now, and should develop some bottle complexity over the next 5–6 years. Really shows off that flashy Bien Nacido character, offering wildly rich cherry and persimmon flavors, balanced with brisk acidity and a dusting of fuzzy tannins. - Wine Enthusiast, June 2013Learn More
- Meyer Nakel Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir) Estate 2016$29.98Availability:In StockWerner Näkel was chosen wine maker of the year in 2004 in the Gault-Millau. He is a visionary that revolutionized Pinot Noir production the Ahr region. In 2011, Fallstaff, the leading wine publication in Austria, chose Werner Näkel for its highest award: his life’s work in wine! In 2008 Decanter Magazine bestowed on Meyer-Näkel the International trophy for Pinot Noir. Quoting Decanter, “It’s a fantastic achievement for Germany to win this trophy. Imagine it – they have beaten Burgundy, New Zealand and Oregon, all the acknowledged Pinot regions of the world.”Learn More
- Markus Molitor Brauneberger Klostergarten Pinot Noir ** 2011 MagnumWA94Special Price $159.98 Regular Price $200.00Availability:In StockFine, beautifully fragrant, almost floral Pinot aromas emerge from the glass of the 2011 Brauneberger Klostergarten Pinot Noir **, quoting wild strawberries, redcurrant and caramel intertwined with subtle slate and most delicate, smoky flavors. Full-bodied, intense and powerful, but also elegant and balanced, this sweet and ripe Pinot has a remarkable finesse and freshness leading to a persistent finish of great delicacy and aging potential. This Pinot speaks with a French accent and should develop over the next 10-15 years. - Stephan Reinhardt, eRobertParker.com #217, February 2015Learn More
- Ammunition Pinot Noir Sonoma County 2017$19.98Availability:In StockGenerously fruited, spicy Pinot Noir from top growing areas never goes out of style. We believe that Carneros and Russian River are both in the mix of this delicious 'Sonoma County' Pinot Noir...great value here. Learn More
- Hartford Court Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2017JD95$29.98Availability:In Stock95 Points! A crazy good value, the 2017 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is the appellation release from this team, and it comes from all of the estate vineyards across the Green Valley, Laguna Ridge, and Sebastopol regions. Complex notes of strawberries, cranberries, violets, pine forest, and flowers all flow to a medium-bodied Pinot Noir that has a kiss of salinity and marine notes, ripe tannins, and a great finish. This beautiful wine competes with wines costing 2-3 times the price. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com Learn More
- Lola Pinot Noir California 2017$17.98Availability:In StockThey say imitation is the greatest form of flattery. But what if your imitation is better than the original? This is our second go-round with one of the great under-the-radar Pinot Noir buys around. There is an extended story about owner/winemaker Seth Cripe who left Florida at age 17 with the idea of getting into the wine business. He worked at a number of Napa Valley venues starting at Swanson, and including eight harvests at Caymus. The short story is that he is making value wines in the mold of popular commercial brands (like Meomi), but that have the purity, integrity, and varietal character that such brands don't. Like the 2016 before it, the Lola Pinot Noir California 2017 surprises with its burst of plush, honest, varietally true dark cherry and mulberry fruit with tinges of spice and floral notes. For under $20, it's a crowd-pleaser while also showing varietal integrity. Learn More
- Cherry Pie Pinot Noir Tri-County 2017$16.98Availability:In StockFrom the winery: Combining three counties, each in its own distinct AVA, Cherry Pie Pinot Noir showcases the best of each counties unique flavor profile. The Sonoma County grapes are primarily sourced from the Russian River Valley which is a warmer growing climate for Pinot Noir that results in lush juicy fruit flavors with an undertone of minerality from the soil. The grapes from Monterey County are sourced from the Alta Loma Vineyard and Arroyo Loma Vineyard which overlook the Salinas River Valley and are planted on gravelly loam soil which creates rich, concentrated earthly flavors in the fruit. The Santa Barbara County grapes are from the Los Alamos Vineyard which lies tucked into a canyon that leads directly to the Pacific Ocean. The sandy soils, bright sunshine and cool ocean breezes combine to lengthen fruit ripening and extend hang time, resulting in intense aromatics and great acidity. Learn More
- The Hilt Pinot Noir The Vanguard Sta. Rita Hills 2016JD94VM95Please proceed to checkout to reveal our lowest price.Special Price $69.98Availability:In Stock95 Points! As is the case with the Old Guard, the 2016 Pinot Noir Vanguard is relatively buttoned up and less exuberant than it can be. And that is just fine. A powerful, resonant wine, the 2016 exudes intensity and structure, all in a compelling package that has so much to offer. Readers will have to give the 2016 at least a few years to come into its own, but it is positively stellar. The rich, resonant finish makes the 2016 nearly impossible to resist, even at this early stage.