My top Pinots: (listed alphabetically)
Baxter 2007 Oppenlander Vyd Mendocino, $60. Nice fruit with softer finish but well structured. Yes, it's expensive, but it's a great wine.
|My wine of the night|
Inman 2007 Olivet Grange Russian River Valley, $56. Fruit-forward without being overdone or alcoholic. Nicely balanced. Sometimes you try a wine and say, "This is really well made."
Krutz 2007 Anderson Valley, $45. A bit tight but fuller-bodied with great structure and complexity. Classic Anderson Valley.
Joseph Swan 2007 Saralee's Vyd Russian River Valley, $35. Depth, structure, bit soft, earthy, minerally. If you like fruit-forward wine you probably won't like this one, but if you like Burgundian style this one works and at a reasonable price.
Londer 2009 Corby Vyd Anderson Valley, $40. Lighter "classic" style, blueberries, bit of tobacco.
Other excellent Pinots:
Baxter 2007 Toulouse Vyd Anderson Valley, $45. Lighter body, bit tart, short finish.
Bjornstad 2008 Hellenthal Vyd Sonoma Coast, $40. Blueberry coolness with a spicy finish.
Freestone 2007 Sonoma Coast, $55. Structured but somewhat lacking fruit and finish. Probably should age this one for a few more years.
Sojurn 2009 Gap's Crown Vyd Sonoma Coast, $48. Bit bitter up front, fruity, bit of heat on the finish.
Sojurn 2009 Roger's Creek Vyd Sonoma Coast, $48. Fuller bodied, rich, spicy, just a bit of heat on the finish.
A new find for me.
Image from londervineyards.com
Deux Punx 2009 Elk Prairie Vyd Humboldt County, $27. Gotta love the name, two punks from Humboldt. They claim the vineyard is on original European root stock (no phylloxera up that way--yet).
Foppiano 2009 Estate Russian River Valley, $25. Medium body with lots of fruit, but nothing special except the price.
Gloria Ferrer 2007 Carneros, $22. Bit of a medicinal nose, big fruit, soft finish. Least expensive Pinot here and my least favorite.
Inman 2008 Olivet Grange Russian River Valley, $56. Tight, nose is a bit "off." Will this develop like the 2007?
Joseph Swan 2009 Cuvee de Trois Russian River Valley, $29. Murky. Maybe too young?
Londer 2009 Ferrington Anderson Valley, $50. Spicy, earthy, tannic. Probably needs time to develop.
Windsor Sonoma 2009 Russian River Valley, $30. Fruity, rich, simple. A good deal if you like fruit-forward Pinots.
The best news is out of the approximately 18 Pinots tasted I found no dogs. All were definitely drinkable; some were of a style I didn't particularly like (I'm not so fond of simple, big fruit wines). For my money I'd be buying the Londer Corby Vineyard at $40 and the Krutz at $45.