VML Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Limited Release rated 92 @ $35
Bold, rich and effusively fruity, this packs in a dense core of juicy blackberry, black cherry, mineral and graphite flavors before ending with a broad display of chewy tannins. The finish sails on. Drink now through 2022. 3,400 cases made. –JL Region: Sonoma
Lafond Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills SRH rated 91 @ $27
Combines delicacy with finesse, featuring a subtle mix of candied apple, strawberry, blueberry and wilted rose notes, with fine-grained, earth-laced tannins that linger. Drink now through 2023. 2,873 cases made. –JL Region: South Coast
Castle Rock Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Reserve rated 90 @ $18
This is deceptively complex, firm, ripe and well-structured, with plum, raspberry and blackberry flavors that are intense and pure, gliding along. Drink now through 2021. 2,600 cases made. –JL Region: Sonoma
Cherry Pie Pinot Noir Sonoma-Monterey-Santa Barbara Counties Cherry Tart rated 90 @ $25
Rich and approachable, driven by layers of blackberry, wild berry, cherry and plum flavors. Well-proportioned, this maintains a fruity profile amid firm tannins. Drink now through 2022. 14,000 cases made.
Handley Pinot Noir Mendocino County rated 90 @ $25
Well-structured, with the core of wild berry offering texture, depth and persistence. Presents a minerally mix of firm tannins and acidity. Drink now through 2020. 2,159 cases made. –JL Region: Mendocino/Lake
Pali Wine Co. Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County Huntington Rated 90 @$23
Notably floral and spicy, with firm tannins amid the dark berry, mocha, roasted herb and fresh-turned earth flavors. This is complex, dense and persistent, gaining depth and length. Drink now through 2022. 9,218 cases made. –JL Region: South Coast
La Follette Pinot Noir North Coast rated 88 @ $20
Well-crafted, with vibrant raspberry, wild berry, plum and rose petal scents, firming midpalate, where the fine-grained tannins offer a mix of gravel and dried spice. Ends with a long, gripping finish. Drink now through 2023. 6,300 cases made. –JL
Luli Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands rated 88 @ $20
Intense, tannic and well-made, with dense, extracted dark berry fruit, showing touches of cranberry and raspberry. Drink now through 2022. 5,300 cases made.
Meiomi Pinot Noir Monterey-Santa Barbara-Sonoma Counties rated 88 @$22
Bold, ripe and vibrant, with expressive huckleberry, boysenberry and blueberry, this is as unbridled as you might expect for a 2012, but deliciously complex. Drink now through 2020. 168,000 cases made.
Pali Wine Co. Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Riviera rated 88 @ $21
This is very complete, balanced and focused, exhibiting pure, ripe plum, blueberry, strawberry and subtle spice notes, supported by fine tannins that have a touch of loamy earthiness. Tails off a bit on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 8,005 cases made. –JL region: Sonoma
Sebastiani Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast rated 88 @ $19
Marked by flavors of bay leaf, dried herb, black tea, wild berry and baking spices, this is well-focused, clean and elegant, ending with firm, fine-grained tannins. Drink now. 10,000 cases made.
Siduri Pinot Noir Sonoma County rated 88 @ $22
A solid effort, firm and structured, with a tight, snappy core of red and dark berry flavors, showing lively acidity and firm tannins. Drink now. 4,123 cases made.
Bonterra Pinot Noir Mendocino County rated 88 @ $16
Offers a complex, restrained mix of flavors, centered on blueberry and blackberry notes, with floral accents balancing the crisp, ripe tannins. Drink now through 2020. 5,300 cases made.
Bridlewood Pinot Noir Monterey County rated 87 @ $18
Intense, with rich, vibrant blackberry and wild berry fruit, offering firm, fine-grained tannins and a dash of licorice. Fresh and snappy. Drink now through 2020. 37,000 cases made.
Castle Rock Pinot Noir Monterey County rated 87 @$13
Marked by firm red plum and raspberry flavors of moderate intensity and depth, this holds focus, ending a bit clipped. Drink now through 2020. 28,780 cases made.
Bogle Pinot Noir California rated 86 @ $12
a robust style, with depth and density. Shows tiers of dark berry framed by chewy tannins and cedary oak, with a rustic aftertaste. Drink now. 200,000 cases made
Castle Rock Pinot Noir California California Cuvée rated 86 @ $11
Presents a flavor profile of savory dried berry, crushed rock, rhubarb and wild strawberry that’s intriguing but also quite tannic. Drink now through 2019. 80,000 cases made.