Pinot Noir vs. Pinot Noir (Oregan and California)

Pinot Noir vs. Pinot Noir (Oregan and California)
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, July 31, 2010

FLIGHT 1

2007 Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir The North Slope Vineyard – USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley The nose had cloves and forest floor, cherry and currant, and some spice at the end. The palate was soft, with cherry and red currant, earth and cloves, and a spicy finish. (89 Points)

2008 Clawson Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir Angela – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley The nose had cherry and floral notes, raspberry and toasted herbs, a just a touch of spice. The palate was soft and had cherry and raspberry, toast and floral notes, and a spicy finish. (89 Points)

2008 Costa De Oro Pinot Noir – USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County The nose had strawberry and earth, spice, and a little vanilla. The palate had cherry and strawberry, forest floor, and a spicy finish. (86 Points)

2006 Falcor Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley The nose had plum and cherry, mushroom, and some oak at the end. The palate had plum and earth, cherry and oak, and a slightly bitter finish. (86 Points)

2008 Tarrica Wine Cellars Pinot Noir Limited Release – USA, California, Central Coast, Monterey The nose had cherry and cranberry, spice, and a little oak. The palate had cherry and spice, some cranberry, and a very vanilla finish. ()84 Points

FLIGHT 2

2006 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Casteel Reserve – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola – Amity Hills The nose had cherry and raspberry, tar and smoke, and a little earth. The palate was over-extracted, with harsh tannins. It had cherry and raspberry, smoke and tar, and a little forest floor. (87 Points)

2006 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Velvet Sisters – USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley The nose was over-extracted with loads of dark fruit and floral notes. The palate was thick and rich, with blueberry, raspberry, and some floral notes on the finish. (87 Points)

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