PINOT NOIR

Pinot Noir is a red wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. Pinot Noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler regions, but the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France. Other regions that have gained a reputation for Pinot Noir include the Willamette Valley of Oregon, the Carneros, Central Coast and Russian River AVAs of California, the Walker Bay wine region of South Africa, Tasmania and Yarra Valley in Australia and the Central Otago, Martinborough and Marlborough wine regions of New Zealand. Pinot Noir is also a primary variety used in sparkling wine production in Champagne and other wine regions. It is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but is a difficult variety to cultivate and transform into wine. The grape's tendency to produce tightly packed clusters makes it susceptible to several viticultural hazards involving rot that require diligent canopy management. The thin-skins and low levels of phenolic compounds lends Pinot to producing mostly lightly colored, medium bodied low tannin wines that can often go through dumb phases with uneven and unpredictable aging. When young, wines made from Pinot Noir tend to have red fruit aromas of cherries, raspberries and strawberries. As the wines age, Pinots have the potential to develop vegetal and "barnyard" aromas that can contribute to the complexity of the wine.

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  1. ALMA DE CATTLEYA 2017 PINOT NOIR SONOMA COUNTY 750mL

    Item #: i_200660
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 90
    Jeb Dunnuck: 92 Points
    Bibiana Gonzalez Rave crafts her Alma de Cattleya wines as high-quality offerings representing the uniqueness of northern California's Sonoma County. Alma means "soul" in Spanish - and Cattleya is the national flower of her native country, Columbia. These wines are the perfect accompaniment to everyday meals and relaxing moments.

    JEB DUNNUCK 92 POINTS - "A classic, authentic Pinot Noir that brings the goods, the 2017 Pinot Noir has perfumed raspberry and strawberry fruits, forest floor, and spice notes as well a medium-bodied, layered, elegant style that shines on all accounts. It way over-delivers at the price."

    ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS - "Alma de Cattleya is a newer project from Columbia-born winemaker Bibiana González Rave. "Cattleya is the national flower of Columbia. Alma is the heart," she says. "I started this label a few years back. I wanted to make affordable wines. Working with fruit that produces a bit more volume per acre and showcasing larger AVAs. I tend to gravitate toward cooler areas within those larger AVAs." I'd say she succeeded—these wines hit at qualities way above their price points."

    "Pale ruby purple in color, the 2017 Pinot Noir opens with Bing cherries, tart cranberry, blackberry, violet and tobacco leaf aromas with tangerine peel nuance. Light to medium-bodied, it's fresh and soft in the mouth with crunchy red fruits and citrus accents, framed by soft, grainy tannins and juicy freshness to lift the finish. 1,600 cases produced."
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  2. ANTHILL FARMS 2017 PINOT NOIR SONOM COAST 750mL

    Item #: i_201100
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This appellation is widely described as "sprawling" as it encompasses half or more of the county. Anthill Farms' fruit comes from two of the coolest, most coastal parts of this appellation: the low coast, west of Sebastopol on the edge of the Petaluma Gap; and the high coast, the first or second ridge inland from the ocean farther to the north. These sites are united by the direct influence of the Pacific's cool, marine air, delaying ripening well into October.

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  3. ASTON ESTATE 2016 PINOT NOIR SONOMA COAST 750mL

    Item #: i_203990
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  4. BENCH 2017 PINOT NOIR SONOMA COUNTY 750mL

    Item #: i_207120
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  5. BUENA VISTA PINOT NOIR SONOMA COUNTY 750mL

    Item #: i_206140
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Buena Vista joined the Boisset Family Estates collection in May 2011. Today, Jean-Charles Boisset is returning Buena Vista to its original glory with the complete restoration and re-opening of the champagne cellars, which have been unavailable to the public for over 20 years. Jean-Charles is 100% dedicated to doing whatever is needed to showcase the quality of the wines from this property. The wines of Buena Vista are being driven to greater heights under Winemaker Brian Maloney and Consulting Winemaker David Ramey, including the re-introduction of Sonoma wines, in honor of Buena Vista's role in the discovery of Sonoma as one California's great terroirs.
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  6. CAPIAUX 2017 PINOT NOIR "CHIMERA" SONOMA COUNTY 750mL

    Item #: i_274810
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Sean Capiaux launched his eponymous label in 1994 and he presently works as winemaker for O'Shaughnessy in the Howell Mountain appellation of Napa Valley. He has established a notable career that includes prominent wineries such as Jordan, Pine Ridge and Peter Michael. He specializes in small lots of vineyard designated Pinot Noir that express the unique location from which they came.

    All the vineyards are contracted on a by-the-acre rather than a "per-ton" basis. This means he pays a set fee for the acreage guarantying the grower cash for his crop regardless of the tonnage. This allows him to prune, shoot-thin and drop crop for low yields that result in only high quality grapes. His winemaking style is a blend of classic and contemporary, utilizing cutting edge fermentation equipment paired with natural hands on winemaking, and an emphasis on balance. All the wines are naturally fermented and unfined and unfiltered to preserve their innate flavors and aromas.

    ANTONIO GALLONI 91 POINTS - "The 2017 Pinot Noir Chimera is gorgeous. Dark, deeply spiced and pliant, the 2017 possesses terrific balance and plenty of appeal. In this vintage, the Chimera is a bit more generous than it usually is, but that is not at all a bad thing for a wine that is meant to be enjoyed upon release. "
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  7. CHALK HILL 2017 PINOT NOIR SONOMA COAST 375mL

    Item #: i_210185
    Bottle Size: 375ml
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle
    Since its founding, Chalk Hill has been producing artisan wines from their Estate vineyards in the hills of northeastern Sonoma County. For four decades they studied, prodded, and coaxed their complex terroir to ensure that their Estate wines deliver vivid aromatics, commanding flavors, great character, and regional accuracy. While their 300+ acres of vineyards surrounding the winery will always be the cornerstone of their identity, starting with the 2012 vintage, they started producing our first Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. This 2017 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir comes from extraordinary vineyards throughout Sonoma County, consisting primarily of Foley Family estate Vineyards and fruit from some of the best sites in Carneros, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Valley, and Sonoma Coast.

    This wine is dark ruby in color and showcases strawberry, black cherry, oriental spice and toasty oak on the nose. Flavors of strawberry, and juicy cherry round out the palate with vanilla undertones and a bright acidity. The finish on this Pinot Noir lingers with a velvety softness and notes of maraschino cherry and sweet vanilla oak. Overall, this is a fruit-forward style that can be enjoyed in its youth or aged for another few years.
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  8. CHALK HILL 2017 PINOT NOIR SONOMA COAST 750mL

    Item #: i_210180
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Since its founding, Chalk Hill has been producing artisan wines from their Estate vineyards in the hills of northeastern Sonoma County. For four decades they studied, prodded, and coaxed their complex terroir to ensure that their Estate wines deliver vivid aromatics, commanding flavors, great character, and regional accuracy. While their 300+ acres of vineyards surrounding the winery will always be the cornerstone of their identity, starting with the 2012 vintage, they started producing our first Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. This 2015 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir comes from extraordinary vineyards throughout Sonoma County, consisting primarily of Foley Family estate Vineyards and fruit from some of the best sites in Carneros, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Valley, and Sonoma Coast.

    This wine is dark ruby in color and showcases strawberry, black cherry, oriental spice and toasty oak on the nose. Flavors of strawberry, and juicy cherry round out the palate with vanilla undertones and a bright acidity. The finish on this Pinot Noir lingers with a velvety softness and notes of maraschino cherry and sweet vanilla oak. Overall, this is a fruit-forward style that can be enjoyed in its youth or aged for another few years.
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  9. COPAIN 2017 PINOT NOIR "TOUS ENSEMBLE" SONOMA COAST 750mL

    Item #: i_257480
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    The 2017 Tous Ensemble Pinot Noir (Copain's first offering from Sonoma Coast) presents aromas of rose petals, Santa Rosa Plum skins, and fresh raspberries. Ripe cherries and orange peels also present themselves on the palate with a silky texture and lingering finish.
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  10. CROSSBARN 2017 PINOT NOIR SONOMA COAST 750mL

    Item #: i_213980
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    This wine is Paul Hobbs' companion label that complements his eponymous line of wines. This Pinot Noir was produced using hand-harvested fruit from carefully selected vineyards within the Sonoma Coast region, and receives the same techniques as its big sister. Pomegranate violet in color, this wine has aromas of wild red raspberries, strawberries and pomegranate, fresh herbs thyme/sage, forest floor and hibiscus tea. The flavors are fresh and juicy, showing red cherries, raspberries, with a coolness of rhubarb, black tea spice. Graceful polished tannins throughout the palate lead to a long savory finish.
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  11. ERIC KENT 2016 PINOT NOIR "SMALL TOWN" SONOMA COAST 750mL

    Item #: i_218490
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Eric Kent is one of those super small producers that make such incredible wines that they are hard to keep on our shelves. They produces flavorful yet balanced Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, and Syrahs from the cooler reaches of Sonoma Coast. As typicl with these kinds of producers, score are high and allocations are small. The "Small Town" bottling is a barrel selection showcasing the finer qualities of many of their vineyard sources.

    As a blend of true cool-climate pinot vineyards, Small Town's source components have evolved over the years to include fruit from outside the original Freestone region. For 2016, the fruit from an outstanding harvest at Grand Vent in the chilly Petaluma Gap took center stage for the blend. Leading off with a gorgeous nose of forest floor, black tea, orange rind and delicate red fruits, you'll want to dive into the glass, but hold off and sit back to just enjoy the aromatics for a while. Crunchy, bright fruits abound on the palate and while the smoky/savory character follows through, we're confident fans of classic California Pinot will find a lot to admire here as will admirers of its old-world relatives.
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  12. ERNEST VINEYARDS 2015 PINOT NOIR "THE ENGINEER" SONOMA COAST 750mL

    Item #: i_218960
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 94
    Italian immigrant Antonio Romanini planted this vineyard, his first in Sonoma Valley, in 1954. Since then, the alluvial soils have yielded grapes for perfect Pinot Noir: vines with compact clusters and smaller yields. The vineyard comprises mostly Pommard and Calera Clones on 101-14 rootstock. The fruit intensity from this site is influenced by the nearby Carneros climate and the growing season’s cool nights and warm days. Adding to the provenance is the fact that this vineyard is farmed by the "grandfather" of organic and biodynamic vineyard farming in California, Phil Coturri, and his team at Enterprise Vineyards.

    ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "The 2015 Pinot Noir Romanini Vineyard "The Engineer" is pale ruby-purple colored and intensely scented of crushed cranberries, wild strawberries and pomegranate with touches of rhubarb, tilled soil and truffles. Light-bodied with incredible intensity and perfume, it features very soft, fine-grained tannins and wonderful freshness, finishing long and minerally. 195 cases were made."
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  13. FAILLA 2017 PINOT NOIR "OCCIDENTAL RIDGE" SONOMA COAST 750mL

    Item #: i_220770
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Jeb Dunnuck: 95 Points
    JEB DUNNUCK 95 POINTS - "There are 352 cases of the 2017 Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge, a singular effort in the lineup that stands out for its rich blueberry and mulberry fruit as well as ample spring flowers, forest floor, and violet characteristics. With medium to full body, a ripe, layered texture, terrific concentration, and a big finish, it's a gem from this team that will evolve gracefully for 8-10 years."

    ANTONIO GALLONI 94 POINTS - "The 2017 Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge Vineyard offers a level of richness and exotic raciness that really stands out in this lineup of generally more understated wines. Dark, mysterious and sensual, the Occidental Ridge gradually opens up in the glass. Dark cherry, lavender, dried herbs, mint and licorice blossom as the wine gains breadth over time. The Occidental Ridge is an absolutely exquisite wine from Failla and Ehren Jordan. "
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  14. FLOWERS 2017 PINOT NOIR SONOMA COAST 750mL

    Item #: i_220120
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    The Sonoma Coast's rocky, well-drained terrain and elevated proximity to the cool Pacific Ocean allow Flowers Winery to grow Pinot Noir with fresh, bright red fruit flavors, soft tannins, complex minerality and brilliant acidity. Their Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is sourced from some of the finest family owned vineyards within the extreme Sonoma Coast appellation including Flowers' Sea View Ridge Estate Vineyard. The grapes are harvested in the early morning hours to ensure the fruit arrives cool and freshly intact.

    This wine has a deep garnet hue, along with aromas of wild strawberry, pomegranate, cranberry, savory dried herbs, violet and forest floor lift elegantly from the glass. On the palate, layers of blood orange and hibiscus are framed by fine-grained tannins, coastal minerality and brilliant acidity that culminate in a lengthy finish.
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  15. HANZELL 2014 PINOT NOIR ESTATE SONOMA VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: i_228560
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Winemaker's Notes: "The complex aromas of dried cherry, blackberry bramble, orange peel, cherry tobacco, cedar, sandalwood, cardamom, pink peppercorn and forest floor give a decidedly autumn impression. Amazingly silky across the palate with sweet red fruits on the mid-palate, plenty of fine textured tannins and a long toasty finish. This is one of the most elegant and approachable Hanzell Vineyards Pinot Noirs in recent memory."
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  16. HANZELL 2017 PINOT NOIR "SEBELLA" SONOMA VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: i_228430
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Winemaker's Tasting Notes: "Vibrant aromas of pomegranate, ripe cherry and orange peel are given complexity by notes of sweet pipe tobacco, gunpowder, damp earth and mocha. On the palate, the powerful flavors of pomegranate and plum are carried by a supple, silky texture and beautifully balanced acidity."
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  17. HATTON DANIELS 2015 PINOT NOIR "ROBERTS ROAD" SONOMA COAST 750mL

    Item #: i_228630
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The 2015 Pinot Noir is deep ruby in color, with a hint of purple. The nose is loaded with aromas of fresh flowers, cranberry, raspberry, and mineral. The palate echoes the light fruit flavors, with fresh citrus and a hint of clove. What stands out most about the wine is the integration of the tannin, which makes the wine both structured and velvety at the same time, and gives remarkable length on the finish.
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  18. HIRSCH 2016 PINOT NOIR "SAN ANDREAS" SONOMA COAST 750mL

    Item #: i_230990
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Vinous Media: 92
    The actions of the San Andreas and the heavy rains and high winds, assisted by the chainsaws of man and sharp hooves of sheep, have created the current landscape on which the Hirsch Vineyards are planted. Gone are the deep soils and compost of the rain forest, all washed away into the creeks, leaving thin soils over sandstone based assemblage of intermixed heavy clays, sandy loams, and clay loams. Blended into this mix in random ratios is a mélange of rocks varying in origins and type from igneous to metamorphic to sedimentary shale so degraded it can be crushed by hand.

    The diversity of this vineyard, emphasized and cared-for by David Hirsch, have made this property a beacon for wineries searching out the best Pinot Noir fruit in Sonoma, including the likes of Williams & Selyem, Failla, Lioco, and Siduri.

    The San Andreas Fault is Hirsch Vineyards' signature Pinot Noir and is crafted to give the drinker a complete picture of this complex vineyard. The 2016 San Andreas Fault has fruit from 27 distinct farming blocks within Hirsch Vineyards, more than any wine produced from this site. It is named for the fault-line which marks the meeting of the North American and Pacific tectonic plates, snaking its way up the California coast and passing less than a mile from Hirsch.

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  19. JOSEPH PHELPS 2017 PINOT NOIR "FREESTONE" SONOMA COAST 750mL

    Item #: i_223540
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 92+
    Vinous Media: 92
    ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 92+ POINTS - "The 2017 Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyard was made using about 20% whole cluster and aged for 13 months in 34% new French oak. Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, it has a very open, gregarious nose of dried rose petals, potpourri, tree bark, red licorice and ripe red and black fruits with pretty spicy notes of cinnamon stick and clove. Light to medium-bodied, it has good layers of spicy, perfumed fruit in the mouth, with soft, grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing long and spicy. 6,700 cases produced."
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  20. KOSTA BROWNE 2017 PINOT NOIR SONOMA COAST 750mL

    Item #: i_236280
    Bottle Size: 750ML
  21. LA CREMA 2017 PINOT NOIR SONOMA COAST 375mL

    Item #: i_236495
    Bottle Size: 375ml
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle
    Aromas of pomegranate and sweet tobacco are followed by flavors of berry fruit and plums with subtle hints of exotic spice and toast. On the palate, the wine has balanced acidity and fine tannins that drive a long finish.
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  22. LA CREMA 2017 PINOT NOIR SONOMA COAST 750mL

    Item #: i_236490
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wild strawberry, red plum and rose petals and baking spice aromas. Bing cherry, cola, cranberry and black tea flavors. All in all broad, concentrated, and lingering wine.
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  23. MACPHAIL 2017 PINOT NOIR "THE FLYER" SONOMA COAST 750mL

    Item #: i_242480
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Floral notes, highlighted by heritage rose petals, are offset with white pepper and a touch of vanilla and oak spice. Silky tannins, with medium weight, it once came with a warning: beware, a glass of this wine seems to empty faster than most.
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  24. MACROSTIE 2016 PINOT NOIR SONOMA COAST 750mL

    Item #: i_238920
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Opulent in the glass, this wine has a garnet color and alluring red fruit aromas. The red fruit is echoed on the dynamic palate, where vibrant flavors of wild strawberry, cranberry and cocoa are underscored by a firm, acid-driven structure and fine dusty tannins that carry through to a lingering finish.
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