Gregory Dal Piaz

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Sonoma County Wines

12. Woodenhead Pinot Noir Russian River Valley (2008)

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A little high-toned, with floral edges to the dusty sweet red fruit that shows a hint of tariness on the nose along with a streak of obvious but unobtrusive French Oak, which is more spicy than toasty. This is a touch soft on entry, with easy red fruit and vanilla ice cream flavors that pick up a nice hint of forest floor and a touch of minerality on the mid-palate, almost. Finishing tight and focused and even a little steely, with lightly flavored clay/earthy-toned cranberry fruit that shows a soft candied edge. A rather soft, easy drinking style of wine. 89 points
 
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  • 451405annwrite Totally agree about Porter Creek...one of my favorite wineries. Their Carignane is wonderful, too. What about Mounts Winery and Thomas George (who took over the David Bruce property)? Great list.


  • 89065Gregory Dal Piaz Thanks. I'll have to add visits to Mounts and Thomas George to my next visits out there so that i can report back!


  • 451405annwrite I love Copain Winery, too, in Sonoma County for Pinots and Michel Schlumberger. Cheers to your next trip!


  • 541617CarlJBonura I have been to Sonoma many times and have celebrated their Pinot Noir but except for Schug, I have not tasted any of these PNs. Wow, I have missed so many good ones, it seems! I agree with Annwrite that Copain wines are quite good and Thomas George, too. One of my favorite PN wineries is MacPhail. They used to be exclusively PN producers and everything I tasted was outstanding. Another recent PN discovery was from Kokomo Winery. Their 2008 Peter's Vineyard and the Gopher Hill PN are very good representations of the restrained approach to these wines. Salute`!


  • 89065Gregory Dal Piaz MacPhail is great but boy are the wines hard to find over here on the East Coast!


  • 541617CarlJBonura Not in the stores here on the South Coast, either. But I do order directly from time to time.



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