Archive | Pinot Noir

2008 Ampelos Lambda Pinot Noir – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.ampeloscellars.com There’s no question that the Santa Barbara area of California has been producing stellar wines for a long time now. Unfortunatley, however, it seems that all too many people outside of that area often take the time to consider them, much less even taste or buy them. This is […]

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2010 Masut Pinot Noir – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.masut.com The Fetzer family is no stranger at all when it comes to making wine – they’ve been at it for decades. So when sons, Jake and Ben wanted to start their own brand, showcasing what great Pinot can be like for a reasonable price, it was as natural for […]

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2007 Hartford Seascape Pinot Noir

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.hartfordwines.com Hartford wines is a producer of premium wines in the Sonoma area of California. It’s committed to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel. This pinot is from its Seascape vineyard -west of the town of Occidental. Technical Data:  Oak: 100% French oak; 60% new Time in oak: 15 months Alcohol: […]

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3-way Michel-Schlumberger action

For Michel-Schlumberger the process is simple – harness all of your collective passion to produce wines from the greater Dry Creek area, add a dose of lovin’ and there ya have it. Michel-Schlumberger’s winemaker, Mike Brunson is good at his job and his love for wine comes through in each bottle. 2008 Dry Creek Pinot Noir […]

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Flying high with 4-way Highflyer action

Highflyer wines is an effort by Somerston wine company to showcase various vineyards in their region and bring out the best of each site. It’s headed up by winemaker, Craig Becker and David Zurowski who heads up the marketing – both are industry veterans in their own right. 2009 Grenache Blanc: W.E.P. Rating:  90% Technical […]

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2009 Masut Pinot Noir – Review

By Duane Pemberton   The Fetzer Family is a California icon – they have been producing quality wines in that State for nearly half a century. Bob Fetzer’s sons, Ben and Jake branched out and created their own winery called Masut – a brand dedicated to producing world-class Pinot Noir from the vineyard their father […]

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2008 Domaine Carneros Pinot Noit

Domaine Carneros has established itself as one of California’s top producers of sparkling wine, however it also makes (as we found out) really tasty Pinot Noir as well. Its chateau was completed in 1989 and is built to be a true-to-life one you’d see gracing the hills of France. It’s focus is bubbly, but clearly […]

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2008 Pedroncelli Russian River Pinot Noir

Pedroncelli is a winery based in Geyersville California and has been producing quality wines there since 1934. It has built a reputation of producing wines of exceptional quality that reflect the local terroir of each vineyard site it uses. Pedroncelli makes a variety of red wines of Burgundy, Rhone and Bourdeaux varietals – as you […]

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Four Vines Four-way Zin Review

If you were to have the chance to meet the winemaker at Four Vines in Paso Robles, Christian Tietje, and ask him what his style was, he’d most likely say “to make wines that do a kick-ass job of representing their varietal composition”. His fresh, bold attitude is, fortunately, one that we’ve been seeing more […]

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Pinot Noir – Burgundy vs. California

No doubt, the movie Sideways did a lot to bolster the sales of Pinot a few years ago and while I’m not at all a fan of the movie’s impact on wine sales (it shows we as a culture are too easily talked into what to drink), I do like a good pinot. To wine […]

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A white and red from Bouchaine – Review

The site of Bouchaine Vineyards was first planted in 1927 and was later acquired by an Italian immigrant who was the first to have a winery with a tasting room in that region of Napa Valley. Fast forward to 1981 and we have the current owners, Garret and Tatiana Copeland who ahve been producing premium wines […]

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2006 Ventana Vineyards Pinot Noir

  Winery Website: www.ventanawines.com We’ve reviewed a few wines so far from Ventana Vineyards and have yet to be disappointed by any of them thus far. I’m a huge fan of the California Costal Pinot so it was with some slight anticipation that I drank this wine. There’s something rockin’ about the pinot from that region […]

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