International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91($75) Red-ruby.Subdued but pure nose hints at cherry, raspberry and cured tobacco. Densely packed but distinctly tighter-grained than the East Block, with flavors of cherry, cola and earth.This intense pinot is plenty fleshy but less fruity and forthcoming today. Intriguing notes of black pepper and licorice on the long finish. This, too, remained fresh and seamless with extended aeration, but needs time in bottle to express itself.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: January/February 2007
Wine Spectator | Rating: 96Effusively fruity, rich and layered, with intense, concentrated black cherry, wild berry and blackberry fruit that's firm and well-structured, finishing with a strong burst of berry flavors. Picks up a nice edge of toasty oak. 400 cases made.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 98The 2004 Pinot Noir West Block (400 cases) is one of the most profound Pinot Noirs I have ever tasted... from anywhere. Huge floral, black raspberry, forest floor, cherry liqueur, black currants, and Asian spice aromas soar from the glass of this remarkably intense offering. With a layered, multi-textured, full-bodied palate, profound length, and dazzling purity as well as equilibrium, it is a tour de force in Pinot Noir as well as an exquisite example of just how far California winemakers have progressed in taming this fickle varietal. Kudos to Tom Rochioli, one of the truly great guys of the wine business.Author: Robert Parker
Burghound | Rating: 90The most aromatically complex of these '04s with an airy yet serious nose featuring a lovely mix of red, blue and violet aromas that combine with elegant, pure and classy middle weight flavors that offer excellent length though there is just a hint of acidity showing through on the moderately toasty finish. As fans know, this wine has an admirable track record and it's possible that the present youthful awkwardness will round out in time.Author: Allen MeadowsIssue: 4th Quarter, 2007
Self | Rating: 93deep reddish purple color; heady nose full of cherries and violets; Reminiscent of a French burgundy; Lots of fruit on the palate mixed with cola and licorice flavors;it finishes with undertones of loamy earth. a complex wine--in its prime now but may get even better with more bottle age.Drink Dates: 2007-2015Author: Serl Z
Self | Rating: 93This is great classic Pinot. Full fruit structure with supportive tannins that almost go unnoticed. The fruit in this wine is excellent.Author: Spank
Self | Rating: 92Very ripe and plummy when opened, settled down and improved after an hour. Tasty but not as aromatic ally complex as the best pinot noirs.Author: Scooter
The result has been a decades-long tradition of outstanding vintages: Silky-smooth, fruit-forward Pinot Noirs; rich, opulent Chardonnays; and tangy, food-friendly Sauvignon Blancs.
California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Pinot Noir is a delicate, thin-skinned grape that is notoriously difficult to grow but unmatched in its ability to reflect its terroir. It is early-budding and early-ripening, and thus requires a cool climate. To achieve its best expression and maintain its delicate flavor profile, Pinot Noir demands great care in the vineyard, particular attention to yield management, and careful handling in the winery. Growers blessed with the patience, skill, and terroir to produce world-class Pinot Noir are greatly rewarded. Not only are these wines complex, age-worthy, and delicious, they also command some of the world’s highest prices.
Old-World Pinot Noir most famously hails from , where it is the only red variety permitted in the region. Techniques such as whole-bunch fermentation and barrel ageing, now common amongst high-quality Pinot Noir producers around the world, were pioneered by Burgundian winemakers. Age-worthy Pinot Noir from Burgundy tends to be high in acid, display low to medium tannins, and have red fruit flavors in youth that evolve into complex flavors of earth, game, cola, and truffle with age. Some of the most famous producers include , , , and .
New-World Pinot Noir tends to grow in warmer climates and on newer vines than in the Old Word, producing wine that is more fruit-forward with flavors of red cherry, cranberry, and raspberry. The highest-quality wines come from moderate regions in , particularly and , and top producers include , , and .
High acidity, low tannin, and low alcohol make Pinot Noir a versatile wine to pair. Spiced duck, fatty fish, grilled chicken, spicy foods, and anything with mushroom are just a few classic examples.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 240 bottles owned
- 91 collectors
- Average collector rating: 93
(Out of 91 collectors)