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  • 2012 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (3/1/2015)
    WIML92

    Tasted blind as part of Blind Pinot Tasting.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of leather, a hint of pepper, black berries and a hint of camphor. Flavors of raspberries, berries and cherries. Tangy acidity, medium tannin, medium to full bodied. Drink now with some air or continue to hold.

    My guess was this is a recent vintage of California Pinot Noir. No idea as to producer.

    This wine came in 4th place out of 14 wines with 10 tasters participating giving an average score of 91.05. (92 points)

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Please note these are two separate bottles of the same wine that I placed into a blind tasting. My notes were written separately as I tasted each wine.

  • 2007 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Amber Ridge Vineyard – USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (2/28/2015)
    WIML93

    Tasted blind as part of Blind Pinot Tasting.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of fertilizer, white pepper, berries and plums. Flavors of berries, raspberries and plums. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink now with air or continue to hold.

    My guess was this is the 2007 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Amber Ridge Vineyard that I brought. In all fairness I knew it was in the lineup and I did smell it in bottle when I double decanted it before serving to make sure it wasn’t tainted so it was easier to pick out of the line up as a result.

    This wine came in 2nd place out of 14 wines with 10 tasters participating giving an average score of 91.35. (93 points)

  • 2007 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Amber Ridge Vineyard – USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (2/28/2015)
    WIML93

    Tasted blind as part of Blind Pinot Tasting.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of fertilizer, white pepper, berries and plums. Flavors of berries, raspberries and plums. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink now with air or continue to hold.

    My guess was this is the 2007 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Amber Ridge Vineyard that I brought. In all fairness I knew it was in the lineup and I did smell it in bottle when I double decanted it before serving to make sure it wasn’t tainted so it was easier to pick out of the line up as a result.

    This wine came in 6th place out of 14 wines with 10 tasters participating giving an average score of 90.80. (93 points)

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  • 2010 Cabot Vineyards Pinot Noir Nash Mill – USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (2/25/2015)
    WIML93

    Tasted blind as part of Blind Pinot Tasting.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of kirsch, white pepper, black berries and black cherries. Flavors of black berries, black cherries and plums. Medium to bright acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink now with air or continue to hold.

    My guess was this is a California Pinot Noir. No idea as to vintage or producer.

    This wine came in 1st place out of 14 wines with 10 tasters participating giving an average score of 91.50. (93 points)

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  • 2010 Domaine Pierre Labet Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes – France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin (2/22/2015)
    WIML91

    Tasted blind as part of Blind Pinot Tasting.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of fertilizer, berries and plums. Flavors of berries, raspberries and cherries. Medium to tart acidity, medium to firm tannin, medium to full bodied. Drink now with air or continue to hold.

    My guess was this is the first Burgundy of the tasting. No idea as to vintage or producer.

    This wine came in 9th place out of 14 wines with 10 tasters participating giving an average score of 90.30. (91 points)

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  • 2010 Windy Oaks Estate Pinot Noir Estate Cuvée Schultze Family Vineyard – USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (2/21/2015)
    WIML91

    Tasted blind as part of Blind Pinot Tasting.

    Garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose is a little tight gradually giving way to notes of soapstone, berries and plums. Flavors of berries, raspberries and cherries. Medium acidity, medium tannin, medium bodied. Drink now with a little air to jump start the aromatics.
    My guess was this is a California Pinot Noir. Unclear on vintage or producer.

    This wine came in 3rd place out of 14 wines with 10 tasters participating giving an average score of 91.10. (91 points)

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  • 2010 Big Basin Vineyards Pinot Noir Alfaro Family Vineyard – USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (2/20/2015)
    WIML92

    Tasted blind as part of Blind Pinot Tasting.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of barnyard, black berries and black cherries. Flavors of red raspberries, berries and cherries. Medium to tart acidity, medium tannin, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold.

    My guess was this is a California Pinot Noir. Unclear on vintage or producer.

    This wine came in 5th place out of 14 wines with 10 tasters participating giving an average score of 90.80. (92 points)

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  • 2012 Kutch Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch – USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (2/19/2015)
    WIML92

    Tasted blind as part of Blind Pinot Tasting.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of birch, soapstone, black berries and black cherries. Flavors of red berries, red raspberries and red cherries. Medium acidity, medium tannin, medium body. Drink or hold.

    My guess was this is a current or recent vintage of California Pinot Noir.

    This wine came in 11th place out of 14 wines with 10 tasters participating giving an average score of 89.80. (92 points)

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