Posts tagged: Pinot Noir

Pinot of the Year!

Ken Wright grew up in Bourbon country (Kentucky). While waiting tables to put himself through school, Ken was exposed to fine wines from regions around the world. The passion became avocation when Ken left the Bluegrass State to attend enology and viticulture classes at UC-Davis. Eight years were spent winemaking Talbott Vineyards in CA. Friends from […]

Romanee-Conti from California – 8 barrels produced only 6 cases allocated

Katy Wilson named her winery after her great-grandmother – Verona LaRue Newell.  Verona survived and suffered through the great depression.  Verona left a big impression on her and when she started her own business dedicated the winery “LaRue” to her.  Katy grew up on a farm and at a young age knew that she wanted […]

“The” Pinot of the year – 225 cases produced/ 6 cases allocated

Despite only being six miles from the Pacific, Rice-Spivak is still the most inland of the vineyards Cobb works with. Even so, it’s a very cool site. The 2012 growing season has yielded the finest vintage of Rice-Spivak Vineyard Pinot Noir ever made. While Rice-Spivak’s Dijon and Swan Pinot Noir plantings, northern exposure, and unique […]

Friday November 14th, 2014 in , , , , , | No Comments »

Blind Tasting Pinot Noir Winner

In a recent blind tasting of 2012 Pinot Noirs, the 2012 Alma Fria’s 200 case production wowed us and blew away a pack of heavy hitters, including:  Brewer Clifton SRH (94 WS) Kosta Browne 4 Barrel (94 WS)B evan Summit 1376 (94 WS) Peter Michael (96WA) Tyler Bien Nacido (95 WA) Failla (93 WA) AP […]

Friday October 24th, 2014 in , , , , , | No Comments »

Sensational 2 barrel Pinot Noir production, only 5 cases allocated

A small winery but an amazing wine!  The name is a combination of the vineyard owners (a.k.a mom and dad) Nancy KIVELson and Tom AngSTADT.  An all estate property producing some great (mostly) Rhone wines and a small amount of Estate grown Pinot Noir.  Too bad the production of the Pinot Noir is still very […]

Monday October 20th, 2014 in , , , , , | No Comments »

Pinot Noir of the Month!

POE is a small producer by Samantha Sheehan, an advocate of the vineyards and wines of Burgundy and Champagne. The brand; Poe, was created to show that California too has incredible and distinctive terroir, varying dramatically from one microclimate to the next. Poe only produces single vineyard wines to show that distinction, and picks not by […]

Friday October 10th, 2014 in , , , , | No Comments »

Pinot Noir Blind Tasting Champ!

In a recent blind tasting of stunning 2012 Pinots Dragonette Fiddlestix blew away a pack of well-regarded Pinot Noirs  – Our lineup included: Foxen “Encantada” (95 WA) Domaine Cornu Corton Grand Cru (93 WA) Elk Cove “Mt Richmond” (94 WA) Deovlet “Bien Nacido” (93 WA) Big Basin “Lester” (93 WA) Aubert (95 WA) Peter Michael (96 WA) […]

83 case production “Rosella” Pinot Noir wins blind tasting

It was Pinot Days at Frank’s house, and we pulled out some big guns. The lineup included Siduri “Sierra Mar” (95 Galloni) Capiaux “Widdoes” (94 Galloni) Dom Drouhin “Louise” (93 WA) Big Basin Coastview (93 WA) Talley Rincon (93 WA) Paul Lato Suerte (94+ WA) Foxen “Block 8” (94 Galloni) Brewer Clifton “Mount Carmel (94 […]

83 case production “Rosella” Pinot Noir wins blind tasting

It was Pinot Days at Frank’s house, and we pulled out some big guns. The lineup included Siduri “Sierra Mar” (95 Galloni) Capiaux “Widdoes” (94 Galloni) Dom Drouhin “Louise” (93 WA) Big Basin Coastview (93 WA) Talley Rincon (93 WA) Paul Lato Suerte (94+ WA) Foxen “Block 8” (94 Galloni) Brewer Clifton “Mount Carmel (94 […]

Foxen Pinot 94+ Points – Only 5 cases allocated

Bill Wathen and Dick Doré (also known as the “Foxen Boys”) have been making wine together since 1985, when they founded Foxen Winery & Vineyard at the historic Rancho Tinaquaic in northern Santa Barbara County. Since that time, their dedication has remained the same—the creation of very small production, sustainably-farmed, vineyard-focused wines using a “minimalist” approach to […]