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  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Carr Pinot Noir Kessler Haak Vineyard Santa Rita Hills 2009

    Snoothrank:

    Earthy and herbal for a pinot noir. Peppery and dry. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Thanks for chiming in GT and NGGreg, notice I avoided the minerality talk for the most part. It makes sense that medium to strong acidity + fresh fruit and maybe a hit of soil expression approximates the taste of acidity. Or maybe it's just the combination of chemicals as you explain.NG: I'll make sure to tread carefully in Sta. Rita Hills, but ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir Thread - Domestics...


  • JonDerry,I am a big Pinot fan, but of a tiny population.  I will say firstly, that, Sideways aside, I typically do NOT care for Pinot from the Santa Barbara area (Sta. Rita hills, los olivos, Lompoc, etc, etc).  It is overcooked, purple and big to me.  When down that way, everyone was raving about Clos Pepe.. I was not overly impressed.  Just no... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir Thread - Domestics...


  • Will have to see if I can make it up in Aug - OTAt least now you know what Cargasacchi wine to avoid...would recommend their Sta. Rita Hills stuff if you're going to try them. Clos Pepe and Dragonette are higher on my radar, then of course Sandhi.Interesting about the vine age leading toward minerality/complexity. I guess in terms of vine age, w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir Thread - Domestics...


  • Thanks for the rec's guys, and I'm glad we haven't gotten into clones yet. I should've also mentioned the Santa Cruz mountains in the OP, and probably other areas in OR.OT, Mark and I picked up some Cabot Anderson Valley last week, couldn't pass it up @ $23.99 retail. After popping one last night, it's no doubt good stuff and I'll probably get m... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir Thread - Domestics...


  • Pinot has been a much celebrated topic here on Snooth over the years I've participated, and it's obviously one of the more celebrated grapes in the wine world. It'll no doubt be a story line I plan on focusing on in years to come so I thought I'd start a thread, logging experiences. Sorry in advance, Greg T.Having said that, I've been mostly dis... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir Thread - Domestics...


  •  Here's the lineup...just finished getting bottles prepped. Also about time to start slow oxing the Chevillon, and the Barbaresco.Whites: Domaine Huet “Clos Du Bourg – Demi Sec” Chenin Blanc, 2010 - France/ Loire Valley/ Vouvray Liquid Farm “White Hill” Chardonnay, 2011 - California/ Santa Barbara/ Sta. Rita Hills Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc, 20... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Lineup for this Afternoon


  • A.P. Vin Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Clos Pepe Vineyard 2006

    Snoothrank:

    Brick red in the glass. Age on the nose. Grenache-like nose of black tea, rose petal with currant and cinnamon stick. Earthy, with aromas of dried leaves, herb and bay leaf. Red raspberry on the palate. Still has fresh, youthful fruit. Cinnamon and herb (thyme, bay leaf), cedar, tea and flowers. Sweet and pretty, which was surprising give... Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Alma Rosa Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills 2008

    Snoothrank:

    Great, ruby red color. A bit sweet at first, with a nice spice backup. A bit disappointed with the finish, and I wish it was a bit brighter in taste. Read More

    Wine review by Kyle Graynor


  • Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Ashley's Vineyard 2007

    Snoothrank:

    fruity,,dry with a hint of apples Read More

    Wine review by blueman49


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