2002 Paraiso Springs Pinot Noir
This wine comes out hot and takes some time for the fruit to poke its
head out of the gopher hole. It
mellows to a cherry and cranberry aroma with some wood on the finish.
Henry Estate Pinot Noir Umpqua Valley Barrel Select
This Oregon wine lacks the definition of fruit and acid balance to
make it enjoyable. Lackluster
and a bit on the flabby side.
Beringer Founder’s Estate Pinot Noir $
Not a shinning example of Pinot, not that I am any kind of Pinot
expert. Mild fruitiness just
doesn’t deliver enough for me to brag about this wine.
Black cherry and a hint of oak, but nothing exciting here.
David Bruce Central Coast Pinot Noir $
(20.99) A bold, brash Pinot showing a rich color, cherry and earth flavors
with a toast finish from the oak barrels. The soft tannins structure this wine on the power side of
Pinot Noir making the Good Dr. someone I will sample more frequently.
Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley $ (16.00)
Cherry fruit and mild acidity with a medium ruby color.
A soft slight finish makes this a fun wine but not an exceptional wine.
Pond Fries’ Family Cellars Pinot Noir $
A pleasant balance of fruit and acid allow this wine to stand tall.
A bowl of cherries and a finish of plum, this will do well with a wide
rage of foods. As I drank this, I
was thinking this wine will enhance a sassy veal dish or grilled pork chops.
Wente Reliz Creek Reserve Pinot Noir ?
The months in French oak overpowered the delicate raspberry fruit of this wine.
The tannins were strong and did not play well with the fruit in this
wine. Harsh, smoky flavors
dominated this biting beverage.
Ramsey Pinot Noir $ (14.00)
Not being a Pinot Noir guy, this wine started off very acidic, but after
oxidation, this wine softened and drank fine. Not very fruitful, not much
on the finish.
Anapamu Pinot Noir $ (14.00)
This wine, especially for 14 bucks is a great buy.
Drinkable, with a great fruit/acid balance makes this the perfect wine to
bring to dinner. Light enough to go with fish and enough fruit for mildly
seasoned meats. I liked this one,
but please don’t think I am comparing this to the best of Vosne-Romanee.
Buy it, share it with friends, and enjoy it.
Horse Pinot Noir 1997 $$
This wine, after breathing in the glass, unveiled rich cherry flavor and a
finish that lasted 3 days (since I saved this and enjoyed a glass with Sunday
dinner and Monday dinner and Tuesday dinner.)
At $25.99, I think this is a winner and, as the label challenges, “This
delicious wine is naturally rich, brimming with dark berry fruit, silky texture
and lingering finish. This wine is
delicious now, but should have great aging potential-if only
you can wait.” My next
trip to the store will find a bottle or two of this gem walking down to my
basement, calling the top shelf of rack number 2 home for the next several years.