I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes in a “mini-review” format.
They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read them), so you can get right to the point and decide if they’re for you (or not). Cheers!
- 2017 Le Cadeau Vineyard ‘Cote Est’ Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): For those blessed times when perkiness is considered to be a virtue. $50 A-
- 2016 Youngberg Hill Vineyards Bailey Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Well… *that* little slice of pure loveliness isn’t likely to be forgotten anytime too soon. $75 A
- 2017 Iris Vineyards ‘D Block’ Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): At once both boldly fruity and light on its feet. $40 A-
- 2016 Iris Vineyards ‘Arete’ Pinot Noir (Oregon): Dark of wood, dark of cherry, and dark of soul. $60 A-
- 2016 Lenne Estate ‘Le Nez’ Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Spicy, earthy, and forcefully sticking its nose into all of yo’ palate’s bizness. $30 B+
- 2017 Siduri Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County): Plums, mint, deliciousness, and a postcard reminder of why we all should love SBC. $35 A-
- 2017 Siduri Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Sonoma County): Earthy, meaty, fruity, lively, and all delivered with a determined sense of “Oomph!” $35 A-
- 2016 Moshin Vineyards Rosalina Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Digging in this dirt will get you violets, rocks, truffles, and substance. $55 A-
- 2018 Vina Leyda Reserva Classic Pinot Noir Rose (Leyda Valley): A red raspberry party, just begging for a CA-style salad. $15 B
- 2017 Mari Vineyards Gamay Noir (Old Mission Peninsula): Peppery, bright, funky, vibrant, and ridiculously, almost improbably, delicious. $NA A-