Posts tagged: Pinot Noir

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 […]

3 Barrel (75 cases) Sensation – Only 7 cases allocated

The Baxter Family has been making wine for over 45 years now, and has gone into its second generation.  The second generation is taking the winery into the 21st century, and it really shows.  Working with various high-end single vineyard, the Baxters are crafting some great wines these, and the 2012 Oppenlander Pinot Noir is […]

Monday July 28th, 2014 in , , , | No Comments »


2012 is undeniably a magnificent vintage! The production levels were up slightly, so that always helps when a winery like DuMOL is in high-demand.I would say that this might be the best ever release from this winery, and I hear from Kerry and Andy that the various wine publications that tasted the wine gave it […]

Gros Ventre 2012 Cerise Pinot Noir wins blind tasting

My tasting group reviewd a great selection of 2012 Pinot Noirs. The lineup included Rochioli “West Block” (94 AG) Pahlmeyer (94 AG) AP Vin Garys (95 RP) Purple Hands “Hosltein” (93 WS) Crystallum “Bona Fide” (93 RP) Siduri “Garys” (93 AG) Ceritas (92 AG) Littorai “Platt” (93 AG) Comptche Ridge (94 AG) Anthill “Tina Marie” […]

French Laundry’s Favorite Pinot Noir

Jason Kesner was the longtime vineyard manager at Hudson, when in 2002 he produced 25 cases of his first wine for some of the top restaurants like French Laundry, Gary Danko and ME! The following year he produced a massive 75 cases, and the rest as they say is history. Jason added Pinot Noir and […]

Tyler Bentrock 95 Point Pinot (124 cases produced, only 5 allocated)

This is Tyler’s second bottling of this exceptional vineyard site. Set a few miles to the west of La Encantada on steep east-southeastern slopes covered in Monterey shale. This bottling is quite small at only 124 cases, but of exceptional quality from a young vineyard. Tyler 2012 Pinot Noir “Bentrock” Santa Rita Hills Retail 65.00 […]

5 Barrel Pinot Noir find of the year (Only 5 cases allocated)

I was asked where do I find these gems…the answer, I knock on every door where I see vines planted in the front yard and ask to taste it.  That is how I found yet another gem “Attune” winery.   Attune is a new project from Auteur winemaker Ken Juhasz that will not disappoint the seasoned […]

The Queen of Pinot reigns

Winemaker Shane Finley has honed his skills around the globe in Burgundy, Australia and was for a long time the assistant winemaker at Kosta Browne.  Since 2012 he has been the winemaker at Lynmar.  Shane has a knack of finding the “sweet spots” in the vineyards and the 2012 La Reine (the Queen, a.k.a. his […]

Killer 2 barrel Pinot Noir production

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 […]

Small Pinot Real Head Turner

What happens when a med student changes her mind…. she becomes a winemaker.  That is truly what happened!  Kerith and Brian had just graduated from Cornell when they decided to take a trip to Napa.  They picked up some bottles of wine and food and set out for a picnic.   Somehow the picnic became nap […]

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