Category Archives: Pinot Noir

2008 Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard

Garnet color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, black raspberry, marionberry, cherry, leaves, cola, clove, nutmeg, with subtle oak, and no earth to speak to. On the palate, dry, medium- tannin, medium acidity, on a medium body, beautiful balance, with layered dark berry cola, and baking spices on a seamless finish. Well worth the dollar!

2009 Castle Rock Pinot Noir Mendicino

I’m not sure why I forgot about this producer, that has always made delicious and inexpensive Pinots. Ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, strawberry, raspberry, cola, straw, leaves, cooking spices, with balanced oak, and no earth to speak to. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium- tannin, medium acidity, layered with ripe red…Continue Reading

2006 Domaine Drouhin Laurene Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

Light ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, strawberry, raspberry, baking spice, leaves, some oak, with no earth to speak to. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, very silky red berry fruit, medium- tannin, medium+ acidity, follow by rhubarb pie component, very delicious, with good length to the finish.Continue Reading

2007 Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley

An old favorite of mine, from a not that great vintage. On the nose, youthful, raspberry, strawberry, sandlewood, cooking spices, leaves, pretty flowers, pine cone, with moderate oak, and subtle earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium acidity, silky tannins, pretty wine with good balance and a moderate finish. One of the better 07’s…Continue Reading

2008 Solena Grand Cuvee Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

This winery has been acting as a crush facility for many vineyards in the Willamette Valley. If you grow grapes and don’t have a vineyard, you talk to these people, and ask the wine-maker to tend your fruit. Ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, pretty and elegant, cherry, plum, vanilla, loaded with spice,…Continue Reading

2006 Martinelli Pinot Noir Zio Tony Ranch RRV

Revisited this wine last night. 15.5% alcohol, with a dark garnet color. On the nose, youthful, darker fruit, plums, blackberries, cherries, loaded with coffee, spice, no earth to speak to, and oak present but moderate. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, thick and creamy berry and coffee flavors, with medium acidity, medium tannin, spicy, a…Continue Reading