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Snooth User: jamessulis

Pinot Noir's

Original post by jamessulis, Aug 17, 2012.

I am a dyed in the wool fan of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlots, Sangiovese's and a few Chardonnays and Pinot Grigio's. I am trying to widen my spectrum to include Pinot Noir's. I live in the Pacific Northwest so the Pinot Noir's are readily available due to the large varieties from Oregon.

Before I embark on purchasing some different brands I would like to do a bit of a research from some of my Snooth members as to what they may possibly recommend and reasons why. Yesterday I purchased a bottle of 2010 Firesteed Pinot Noir made in Oregon. I have yet to pop the cork to see where my taste direction takes me. I love the flavors and or tastes of Oak, Vanilla, supple tannins, deep berry and sometimes smokey. I am open to suggestions.

Help me on this new venture,

Thanks, Lefty - The Great Pacific Northwest

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Reply by JonDerry, Oct 8, 2012.

Interesting you mention that Zuf...I recently just had a really nice 2010 Village Burgundy for $30.00 that I would wager meets my tastes much more than the Oregonian Drouhin you mention, which is also a wine I've been able to sample a couple of vintages of, though ironically the price is a little high for what it is to me.

Speaking of Oregon Pinot, there's a good name I just became aware of that I plan on tasting soon. St. Innocent, they have a full line of Pinot's, ranging in all kinds of Oregon vineyards, all rather well rated and in the $30-50 range.

Reply by zufrieden, Oct 12, 2012.

I agree that you can find these gems, Jon. I just had some Monthelie recently that was more than adequate (if not memorable).  I am not necessarily that fond of the Drouhin in comparison with (say) a Premier Cru Volnay (Clos des Chenes, e.g.).  And the latter is not all that much more expensive.

Careful buying is the key, I suppose.

Reply by D9sus4, Oct 13, 2012.

Since no one has mentioned it yet, I'll put in my 2 cents worth.

Elk Cove - Roosevelt Vineyards.  Closest thing I've found to a Burgundian style Pinot thats from Oregon in the USA. Consistently scores in the 90s in wine reviews, but more importantly, deserves it.

Do not start with this at a Pinot tasting as everything after it will taste weak and bland. This actually happened at a wine tasting where I brought a bottle of the 2001 Roosevelt. The next bottle of Pinot we opened got poured down the drain after we all tasted a few sips. 

Reply by Ron Cori, Oct 16, 2012.

I love Taz (Cali).

Reply by Neil Leddy, Oct 16, 2012.

Lefty, For around $20, I would suggest the 2009 De Loach Sonoma Coast Pinot.

Reply by EMark, Oct 16, 2012.

Ron Cori, your endorsement of Taz prompts me to ask a specific question.  In my cellar I have a single bottle of Taz 2007 Fiddlestix Pinot Noir.  I bought it on a whim (which describes, roughly, 80% of my wine purchases) about two years ago.  I had just learned about the Sta. Rita Hills AVA and, even though I am not much of a Pinot Noir fan, I had been impressed with the Pinots from this region.  Do you know anything about this Fiddlestix bottling?

Reply by Ron Cori, Oct 16, 2012.

An area restaurant offered the 2006 and I liked it immensely. From the Santa Barbara region (Sideways), it is an excellent Pinot at that price point. I think you'll like it.

Reply by outthere, Oct 16, 2012.

Fiddlestix is an exceptional grower so the fruit was killer to start with.

Reply by JonDerry, Oct 16, 2012.

Can attest to that, one of the best domestic Pinot's I've had was an 04' Fiddlestix. Put out by the famously famous Hitching Post fellows.

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