Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Sonoma County Wines

15. Woodenhead Pinot Noir Wet Kiss Russian River Valley (2010)

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A little smoky and rich, with dried cherry aromas topped with lightly spicy rhubarb top notes. This is crystal clear on the palate, though with a hint of toasty sweetness that lends this a bit of softness in the mouth even though there’s significant acidity supporting the slight earthy, slightly tree bark-edged cranberry fruit. That fruit is nicely fresh and awfully pretty, framed with nuanced oak. Though it does lack a touch of depth and complexity air does bring out attractive inner mouth perfumes. The acid, along with a touch of sweet tannin, does show up on the moderately long finish with has a sweet, toasty almond edge to it. 89 points
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  • 451405annwrite Totally agree about Porter 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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