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99 GRACIANNA
2013 Pinot Noir
Bacigalupi Vineyard - Russian River Valley $52
(tasted 7/22/15)

99 KRUTZ FAMILY CELLARS
2011 Pinot Noir
Soberanes Vineyard - Santa Lucia Highlands $45
This is an absolutely stunning wine! Perfectly balanced cherry, raspberry, strawberry and red plum aromas dance with hints of licorice, roasted dark coffee, black tea and savory oak. Itís had to find fault with anything here. Itís rich, sexy, superbly-balanced and wonderfully crafted. This wine exhibits what pinot noir should taste like from this region.

99 MOSSBACK
2011 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley $25

99 ROBLEDO
2009 Pinot Noir
Los Carneros $40

98 BLUE QUAIL
2014 Pinot Noir
Potter Valley - Mendocino $24
(tasted 11/17/16)

98 BOGLE
2012 Pinot Noir
California $12

98 BOGLE
2010 Pinot Noir
California $11

98 BRUTOCAO
2012 Pinot Noir
Slow Lope'N Vineyard - Anderson Valley $32
(tasted 5/22/15)

98 BRUTOCAO
2010 Pinot Noir
Slow Lope'N Vineyard - Anderson Valley $32
You know from the moment you smell this wine that itís gonna be great. Beautiful aromas of cherry, raspberry, cola, pepper spice and oak, with dollops of sandalwood and earth. Wonderfully-balanced, smooth and sexy, this wine is fresh, vibrant, and has great spicy character all the way through its finish. Superb!

98 CHIME
2014 Pinot Noir
North Coast $20
(tasted 10/26/15)

98 EDUCATED GUESS
2012 Pinot Noir
Carneros - Napa Valley $25

98 FLEUR
2011 Pinot Noir
Carneros $18

98 GRACIANNA
2011 Pinot Noir
Bacigalupi Vineyard - Russian River Valley $48

98 HAHN SLH
2011 Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands $35

98 HAHN SLH
2010 Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands $35

98 KRUTZ FAMILY CELLARS
2012 Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley $35
Classic raspberry, cherry, strawberry, plum, spice and light fig aromas supplemented with light minerals, vanilla and oak. Medium-bodied, well-balanced and a superb example of pinot noir from this region. Forward red fruit flavors with a nice dash of pepper spice that leads to a wonderfully long, silky-smooth finish. Excellent!

98 KUKERI
2013 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley $42
Gorgeous cherry, raspberry, strawberry and pink grapefruit aromas nestled in pepper spice, vanilla and oak. This is a beautifully-crafter wine, with fresh fruit flavors fighting for attention with the vanilla and oak. The fruit wins out in the long run, so we think thereís just enough fruit and winemaking here to please everyone! (tasted 4/19/15)

98 MAC MURRAY
2010 Pinot Noir
Reserve - Russian River Valley $27

98 MCMANIS
2013 Pinot Noir
California $11

98 MEADOWCROFT
2013 Pinot Noir
Cornerstone Vineyard; Carneros - Sonoma County $34
Cornerstone Vyd Ė Carneros Ė Sonoma County $34 Beautiful aromas of cherry, raspberry, strawberry, red grapefruit and plum, with a good dose of pepper and floral spices and oak. This is a stunning wine on the palate, with a great spicy character wrapped in fresh, ripe red fruit, and a long, long, lingering finish. Excellent! (tasted 3/4/15)

98 ROBLAR
2013 Pinot Noir
Gold Collection - Santa Rita Hills $35
It doesnít get much better than this from the Santa rita Hills! This is a wonderfully-smooth, sexy wine featuring rich red fruit flavors layered in pepper spice, leading to a finish that you wish would never end. Excellent! (tasted 3/28/15)

98 THOMAS GEORGE
2010 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley $42

98 TWELFTH NIGHT
2012 Pinot Noir
Central Otago - New Zealand $22

97 A & D
2013 Pinot Noir
Napa Valley $20
From the moment you smell this wine you know youíre gonna love it! Pretty cherry, black raspberry, red plum and strawberry fruit engulfed in pepper spice, light floral elements and complements of vanilla and oak. This wine has great character. Everything you smell is delivered in a well-balanced, spicy body, that leans a bit toward the firm side of pinots, but ends in a nice, long, lingering, soft, spicy finish. (tasted 4/10/17)

97 BLISS FAMILY VINEYARDS
2012 Pinot Noir
Mendocino $16
The nose offers nice dried cherry, raspberry and strawberry, with hints of cola, violets, pepper spice and oak. A little tight at first, if allowed to breathe this wine opens nicely, displaying all of the flavors expected, leading to a slightly firm lingering finish.

97 BRUTOCAO
2009 Pinot Noir
Slow Lope'N Vineyard - Anderson Valley $28
Inviting aromas of dried cherry, strawberry, raspberry, cola, pepper spice and a dusting of minerals are complemented by touches of vanilla and oak. The wine is more vibrant on the palate, with all of the elements coming together in the beautiful lingering finish.

97 CHIME
2013 Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills $30
(tasted 3/2/16)

97 CLAYPOOL CELLARS
2008 Purple Pachyderm Pinot Noir
Hurst Vineyard - Russian River Valley $45
A smooth, sexy, well-balanced pinot noir, with wonderfully-delicious red fruit and pepper-spice flavors giving way to a long, lingering, velvety finish. Superb!

97 CLAYPOOL CELLARS
2008 Purple Pachyderm Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley $42

97 CURRENCY
2014 Pinot Noir
California $11
(tasted 5/6/16)

97 CURVARE
2010 Pinot Noir
Four Clone - Sonoma Coast $28

97 DOUBLE J RANCH
2013 Pinot Noir
Carneros $20
Inviting cherry, strawberry and raspberry aromas draw you in, with pepper spice, light vanilla and oak complementing. This is a wonderfully-balanced, medium-bodied, spicy wine that delivers on the fruit and secondary elements, leading to a nice long finish. (tasted 8/3/15)

97 FREI BROTHERS
2010 Pinot Noir
Reserve - Russian River Valley $27

97 GALLO SIGNATURE SERIES
2010 Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands $35

97 GRACIANNA
2013 Pinot Noir
Mercedes Riverblock - Russian River Valley $64
(tasted 7/22/15)

97 HAHN
2012 Pinot Noir
California $14

97 HOOK & LADDER
2011 Pinot Noir
Estate Bottled - Russian River Valley $25

97 HOOK & LADDER
2009 Pinot Noir
Estate Bottled - Russian River Valley $25

97 MACMURRAY
2013 Pinot Noir
Central Coast $23
(tasted 10/26/15)

97 MCMANIS
2014 Pinot Noir
California $11
(tasted 11/28/15)

97 MOSSBACK
2014 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley $25
(tasted 9/3/16)

97 PIN POINT
2015 Pinot Noir
California $13
(tasted 9/2/16)

97 RALLY POINT
2013 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley $38
(tasted 5/24/15)

97 REAPER
2013 Pinot Noir
Sonoma County $30
(tasted 10/26/15)

97 REPLICA
2014 Pinot Noir
California $19
(tasted 3/2/16)

97 ROBLAR
2013 Pinot Noir
Santa Rita Hills $30
Pretty nose of cherry, raspberry, blueberry and plum, with light earth, pepper spice and oak. The palate offers a spicy body of red fruit flavors mingling with light earth and oak, leading to a long. Long, spicy finish. A wonderful wine! (tasted 3/28/15)

97 STATELAND CELLARS
2012 Pinot Noir
Reserve - Santa Maria Valley $20

97 THE WINERY SF
2011 Pinot Noir
North Coast $30
Beautiful aromas of dried cherries, raspberries, pink grapefruit, red apple and pepper spice wrapped in floral elements and hints of anise and herbs. On the palate, this medium-bodied wine is wonderfully balanced, possesses great spicy mouth-feel and has a long, lingering finish.

97 THOMAS HENRY
2013 Pinot Noir
Sonoma County $18
Pretty cherry, raspberry, strawberry and cranberry aromas mingle with pepper spice, light vanilla and oak. This is a well-balanced, smooth, tasty pinot all the way from beginning through the long, spicy finish. At this price you should buy it by the case! (tasted 4/19/15)

97 THOMAS HENRY
2013 Pinot Noir
Napa Valley $18
Very similar to the Sonoma County pinot, with basically the same aroma and flavor profiles. The difference is small, but this wine is a bit more austere (in a good way), with a hint more black cherry and black raspberry. Like the Sonoma County, itís well-balanced and tasty all the way through the long, lingering finish. Buy this and the SC pinot and taste side by side. (tasted 4/19/15)

97 WILLOWBROOK
2014 Pinot Noir
Kaufman Sunnyslope Vineyard - Sonoma Mountain $42
(tasted 4/29/17)

96 BLOCK NINE
2013 Pinot Noir
Caiden's Vineyards - California $11
(tasted 1/29/15)

96 BLUE QUAIL
2013 Pinot Noir
Potter Valley - Mendocino $19
Tart bing cherry, strawberry and raspberry flavors start this wine off, with black tea/coffee, mineral dust and oak following. Medium-bodied, this wine is still young, with nice but tight-ish fruit flavors leading to a slightly sticky finish. It did open-up well overnight, so a little decanting and this wine should blossom. (tasted 3/14/15)

96 BOGLE
2013 Pinot Noir
California $12
(tasted 6/6/15)

96 CHIME
2012 Pinot Noir
Carneros - Sonoma $20

96 CIGAR BOX
2015 Pinot Noir
Old Vine; Central Valley - Chile $12
(tasted 4/1/16)

96 EDUCATED GUESS
2010 Pinot Noir
Carneros $25

96 ELIZABETH ROSE
2009 Pinot Noir
Napa Valley $18
Pretty aromas of cherries, raspberries, pink grapefruit and pepper spice wrapped in a kiss of floral and earth elements. On the palate, this medium-bodied wine is wonderfully balanced, possesses great mouth-feel and has a long lingering spicy finish.

96 FLEUR
2010 Pinot Noir
Central Coast $15

96 FORIS
2012 Pinot Noir
Rogue Valley - Oregon $20
Pretty nose of cherry, strawberry and raspberry aromas draw you in, with pepper spice, light vanilla and oak complementing. This is a wonderfully-balanced, medium-bodied, spicy wine that delivers on the fruit and secondary elements, leading to a nice long finish. (tasted 3/4/16)

96 FOYT
2011 Pinot Noir
No. 61 - Sonoma Coast $36
Dried cherry, raspberry, strawberry and red plum complemented by pepper spice, mineral dust and oak. This is a tasty medium-bodied wine, with nice dried fruit flavors, a zesty spiciness, and a well-balanced long finish. (tasted 3/4/15)

96 GOYETTE
2012 Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast $24

96 LAYER CAKE
2014 Pinot Noir
Central Coast $16
(tasted 1/25/16)

96 MCFADDEN
2013 Pinot Noir
Potter Valley - Mendocino $19
Tart bing cherry, strawberry and raspberry flavors start this wine off, with black tea/coffee, mineral dust and oak following. Medium-bodied, this wine is still young, with nice but tight-ish fruit flavors leading to a slightly sticky finish. It did open-up well overnight, so a little decanting and this wine should blossom. (tasted 3/14/15)

96 MICHEL-SCHLUMBERGER
2013 Pinot Noir
Le Fou - Dry Creek Valley $30
Dried cherry, raspberry, pepper spice, strawberry, chocolate, vanilla and slightly nutty oak. This is a wonderfully-smooth wine with pretty fruit and secondary flavors leading to a spice-filled finish. Thereís a slight hint of nuts on the tail end of the finish, which is kinda nice. (tasted 3/28/15)

96 MONT PELLIER
2012 Pinot Noir
California $10

96 PICO & VINE
2013 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley $20
(tasted 3/15/15)

96 ROBLAR
2013 Pinot Noir
California $10
Inviting cherry, strawberry and raspberry aromas draw you in, with pepper spice, light vanilla and oak complementing. This is a wonderfully-balanced, medium-bodied, spicy wine that delivers on the fruit and secondary elements, leading to a nice long finish. Buy this by the case! (tasted 1/28/15)

96 STATELAND CELLARS
2013 Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara County $15
Pretty nose of bing cherry, raspberry and red plum, with pepper spice and oak. True to the region, this wine offers a spicy body of red fruit flavors mingling with light earth and oak, leading to a long, spicy finish. A wonderful wine! (tasted 8/3/15)

96 WILLOWBROOK
2014 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley $24
(tasted 1/5/17)

95 BLISS FAMILY VINEYARDS
2010 Pinot Noir
Mendocino $16
Aromas of slightly dusty red fruit, cola, violets, pepper spice, coffee/tea and oak. A little tight at first, if allowed to breathe this wine opens nicely, displaying all of the flavors expected, leading to a slightly firm lingering finish.

95 CARSON SCOTT
2013 Pinot Noir
North Coast $12
(tasted 1/5/17)

95 CHESSMAN
2013 Pinot Noir
Santa Maria valley $15
(tasted 10/26/15)

95 GOYETTE
2012 Pinot Noir
Sonoma County $24

95 HAHN
2010 Pinot Noir
Nicky Hahn - Santa Lucia Highlands $12

95 HOOK & LADDER
2008 Pinot Noir
Third Alarm Reserve; Estate Bottled - Russian River Valley $35

95 LUCKY STAR
2014 Pinot Noir
California $12
(tasted 2/1/16)

95 MATTHEW FRITZ
2014 Pinot Noir
Carneros - Napa Valley $15
(tasted 6/24/16)

95 MCFADDEN
2012 Pinot Noir
Potter Valley - Mendocino $24
Tart bing cherry, strawberry and raspberry flavors start this wine off, with black tea/coffee, mineral dust and oak following. Medium-bodied, this wine is still young, with nice but tight-ish fruit flavors leading to a slightly sticky finish. It did open-up well overnight, so a little decanting and this wine should blossom.

95 MCMANIS
2012 Pinot Noir
California $11

95 MOSSBACK
2014 Pinot Noir
Central Coast $18
(tasted 9/3/16)

95 PEDRONCELLI
2012 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley $20
Nice aromas of violets, cedar, cherry, raspberry, pepper spice and toasted oak. On the palate this wine is a bit hard-edged at first, but opens to a pretty wine full of cherries, strawberries and raspberries, complemented by spice and floral notes, ending in a nice, long finish. Decant or let open a bit before enjoying.

95 ROBLAR
2012 Pinot Noir
Mission Ranch Vineyard - Arroyo Seco $30
Dried cherry, plum, raspberry , vanilla and oak are the first to jump from the glass, followed with spice, earth and light grape stems. On the palate this is a spicy, well-balanced wine with a slightly elevated VA characteristic that will bother some but not others. It does offer a nice, long, lingering, spicy finish. (tasted 3/28/15)

95 STEPHEN VINCENT
2013 Pinot Noir
California $15
Nice aromas of cherry, raspberry, plum, pepper spice and toasted oak. On the palate this wine is a bit hard-edged at first, but opens to a pretty wine full of cherries, plum and raspberries, complemented by clove/spice, burnt caramel and a good dose of oak, ending in a nice, long finish. (tasted 8/3/15)

95 VINUM "V" SERIES
2013 Pinot Noir
Monterey $15
(tasted 2/9/15)

95 WILLOWBROOK
2014 Pinot Noir
Estate - Russian River Valley $42
(tasted 4/29/17)

94 BLISS FAMILY VINEYARDS
2013 Pinot Noir
Mendocino $16
(tasted 5/22/15)

94 BLISS FAMILY VINEYARDS
2009 Pinot Noir
Mendocino $16
Aromas of dried cherry, strawberry, raspberry and pepper spice, with some black tea/roasted coffee and oak. The wine is a bit more vibrant on the palate, with all of the elements coming together in the round, lingering finish.

94 STEPHEN VINCENT
2014 Pinot Noir
California $15
(tasted 4/28/17)

94 WILD HARE
2012 Pinot Noir
California $10

93 FORIS
2010 Pinot Noir
Rogue Valley - Oregon $13.50

93 WINE TO WATER
2012 Pinot Noir
Mendocino $15
(tasted 1/20/15)

92 CABLE CAR
2011 Pinot Noir
California $10

92 CARA MIA
2013 Pinot Noir
Delle Venezie - Italy $11
(tasted 10/26/15)

92 CARA MIA
NV Pinot Noir
IGT; Delle Venezie - Italy $22/3L
(tasted 10/26/15)

92 FRENCH PRESS
2012 Pinot Noir
France $12

92 BLOCK NINE
2014 Pinot Noir
Caiden's Vineyards - California $13
(tasted 8/3/15)

92 INSATIABLE
2011 Pinot Noir
California $10

92 THOMAS HENRY
2011 Pinot Noir
Napa County $22
Dried dark cherry, strawberry, raspberry and plum, with some earth and floral notes, spice and oak. Medium-bodied, this wine has some nice red fruit flavors, spice and a long, lingering finish.

92 THOMAS HENRY
2011 Pinot Noir
Sonoma County $22
Dried dark cherry, strawberry, raspberry and plum, with some minerals, sandalwood, and floral notes, spice and oak. Medium-bodied, this wine has some nice red fruit flavors, spice and a long, lingering finish.

92 WILLOWBROOK
2015 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley $21
(tasted 4/29/17)

91 CONTEMPO
2015 Pinot Noir
IGT delle Venezie - Italy $10
(tasted 11/1/16)

91 LUCKY STAR
2013 Pinot Noir
California $9
(tasted 3/15/15)

91 MOSSBACK
2014 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley $25
Typical Russian River Valley red fruit aromas of cherry, raspberry, bing cherry and red plum wrestle with cola, chocolate and barrel spice. On the palate the fresh red fruit is dusted with dirt and chalk, which shortens the wine to a slightly sticky, chewy finish. (tasted 1/6/17)

90 CHIME
2013 Pinot Noir
California $13
(tasted 10/26/15)

90 CHIME
2011 Pinot Noir
California $12

90 CYCLES GLADIATOR
2012 Pinot Noir
California $12

90 CONTEMPO
2014 Pinot Noir
California $12
(tasted 1/21/16)

90 EAGLE CANYON
2013 Pinot Noir
California $13
(tasted 6/6/15)

90 LOUIS CHANGARNIER
2012 Pinot Noir
Pays d'Oc - France $13

90 RASCAL
NV Pinot Noir
Oregon $13
(tasted 3/2/16)

90 SIX DEGREES
2011 Pinot Noir
California $14