- 1. Sweet cherry with decent minerality, soft tannins, good acidity. This is pretty good, easy drinker. (Turns out to be my favorite.) Cooler climate pinot. New Zealand? Not too expensive
2005 Fleur de California Pinot Noir (Carneros) $16
2. Big fruity nose, lots of oddly-flavored, smoky oak, tannic. Don’t like. Cali? Cheap.
2005 Serenity Vineyards Pinot Noir (Sonoma) $20
3. Very ripe bordering on jammy, rich, toasty, chewy. Pretty tasty but a little too large for me. This is a hot climate Cali. More expensive
2004 Samantha Starr Pinot Noir (Monterey County) $15
4. Typical over-the-top chocolate covered cherry, low acidity Cali (or other hot climate) pinot. Good tannic structure but not my cuppa pinot. Pretty expensive
2003 Brucher Winery Aubaine Vineyard Pinot Noir Reserve (San Luis Obispo) $39
5. Very perfumed nose. This one smells and tastes French but it’s just too big. Chalky tannins. South Africa? Moderately expensive
2003 Michael Sarrazin Bourgogne $15
6. No nose, little taste, chewy tannins, high acid. Shut down? No idea on cost
2004 Moshin Vineyards Tusi Vineyard Pinot Noir (Dry Creek Valley) $26
7. More chocolate covered cherry. Medium body, decent fruit, some earth, chewy, but a hot, bitter finish. Cooler climate Cali or Oregon? Moderate expensive
2004 DeLoach Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley) $20
My guess for cost (cheap to high): 2-$15, 1-$20, 7/5/3-$23, 4-$30 (and no idea on 6).
So instead of pinot from all over the world, the manager tricked us with 6 out of 7 from Cali and one hot vintage Burg. I’d buy the Fleur as a weekday pinot (although at $16 I can find more value elsewhere) and I’d try the Sarrazin in a different vintage.