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Wine & Spirits ‘Year’s Best Pinots’!

Wine & Spirits ‘Year’s Best Pinots’!


91 Points- 2017 Los Alamos Vineyard Pinot Noir

This is youthful and intriguing, with notes of tanbark, pine, frond and grainy strawberry, and a amaro-like tannic bitterness.  Unresolved for now-as is typical of Chanin’s wines-this needs time in the cellar- P.J.C

93 Points- 2017 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir

This feels cool and clean, with a mild expression of nori, spiced cherry and sweet strawberry.  The grip and the freshness lingers, a crunchy pinot, ready for roast salmon. – P.J.C

92 Points- 2017 Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir

A wine to ponder a couple of hours as it unfurls, this interpretation of Sanford & Benedict starts out tense and a touch of backward, with scents of rose petal and wood smoke, a bit of cola and beach air on a cool day.  But as days go by, it becomes ever more harmonious and integrated, a seamless weave of oak, tea-like spice and delicate fruit.  It will reward patience.  P.J.C