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   California Pinot Noir
   Alma Rosa Pinot Noir “Santa Rita Hills” 2008 (#39622) 12/750ml                   $20/Bottle
   91 Points: Wine & Spirits. Positively brimming with fruity aromatics and flavors, we find this wine
   (made from Richard Sanford’s certified organic estate vineyards) dominated by a mix of fresh crushed
   berries and dark cherries, shot through with a floral-spice element and a beet-root-meets-cola essence.
   The wine showcases the dark rich side of Pinot Noir and already has a supple smooth texture with clean
   acidity.

   Babcock “Grand Cuvee” Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills – Estate Grown 2009 (#39703) 12/750ml
   $31.75/Bottle
   Great Value! While Bryan’s neighbor’s (Melville, Cargassachi & yes: Sea Smoke!) are charging 50% -
   200+% more, here’s unquestionably the most reasonably priced “Estate Grown” pinot from the Sta.
   Rita Hills!! Bryan insists the “Pinot genie” is definitely in the bottle with this particular bottling of
   Grand Cuvee. The flavors in this wine are quintessential. When you grow balanced, mature Pinot Noir
   in the Highway 246 corridor of the Santa Rita Hills, this is how it is. Smokey cherries and an amalgam
   of spice are all wrapped together into a soft sweet package. At 13.9% alcohol, it is impressive how the
   wine still the easy drinking, soft tannin aspects of a lighter wine, with the more powerfully mesmerizing
   aspects of a fully developed Pinot Noir. Some of its power comes from the Ocean’s Ghost section of
   Bryan’s Estate vineyard, and some of it comes from some 114 Clone that is growing in an area of the
   ranch that is essentially the Top Cream block. The bottom line is the pedigree of the grapes is good ---
   and I think it shows. And Bryan insists that this wine will do exactly what the 2007 and 2008 bottlings
   did, which was to simply get richer and more complex after they sat in the bottle for a year. 91% Pinot
   Noir, Babcock Estate, Sta. Rita Hills; 6% Pinot Noir,El Camino Vineyard, Los Alamos, Santa Barbara
   County, and 3% Syrah, Santa Barbara County. Aged 10 months in (35% New) French Oak.
   1,407 cases produced..

   Bonaccorsi Pinot Noir “J.L.”, Santa Rita Hills 2007           (#39752) $408/Case $34/Bottle
   Jenne’s new table wine, formerly red monkey. Too many copycat names out there to name, so she
   decided to change it. Fermented on native yeast, aged for 18 months in 50% new French oak."Our
   relationship began with Master Sommelier Michael Bonaccorsi late in 2001 --- two years after his first
   vintage and three years before his untimely death. Turning heads with that first vintage, Bonaccorsi's
   tiny amounts of Santa Barbara Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah, rendered in the style and spirit of a
   small Burgundy domaine, were "all the buzz" in California's top restaurants. An acclaimed Master
   Sommelier, the 20th American to be awarded the title, his resumé included landmark restaurants like
   Masa's and the original Spago. But Michael's passion was winemaking, dirtying his hands in wineries
   since he was twenty-one, he knew what he wanted to make and he also knew how to get there. Those
   relationships allowed him sources from Santa Barbara's royalty: Sanford & Benedict, Melville,
   Cargasachi and Fiddlestix Vineyards in the newly created Santa Rita Hills appellation, and Bien Nacido
   and Le Bon Climat Vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley. A minimalist inside the winery, using great
   raw material created wines of incredible concentration, yet with an uncanny delicacy... The tragic death
   of Michael Bonaccorsi in early2004 stunned everyone. Many were ready to write off the wines --- most
   thought the label would end with Michael's passing. Well, the public didn't know Jenne Lee Bonaccorsi:
   Michael's wife and business partner (and fellow USC Trojan) --- Jenne rallied the troops. She was
   making the wines with the help of a consultant, Sashi Moorman who used to be Adam Tolmach's
   assistant winemaker at Ojai, but none that lived up to the first vintages made by Michael and his wife,
   Jenne. Happily, with the arrival of Clarissa Nagy, the new winemaker at Bonaccorsi, the current

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   releases are as glorious as those first vintage

   Bonaccorsi Pinot Noir “Julia’s Vineyard”, Santa Rita Hills 2007 (#39753) $540/Case $45/Bottle
   92 points: Wine Spectator (Sept. 30, 2009). “Delicious, smooth, rich and layered, with blackberry, wild
   berry and huckleberry fruit that's fleshy yet deep and concentrated. Long finish. Drink now through
   2013. 100 cases made.” –JLA new vineyard for Jenne in 2007. California sprawl of Mt. Eden clone
   across from Cambria. "Dark, richer fruit. Fragrant, flowery and a touch of smoke with ripe black cherry
   and berries, walnuts and cola. Polished mahogany, vanilla and a supple spice on the finish. Delicious to
   drink now."

   Bonaccorsi Pinot Noir “Santa Barbara” 2007 (#39758) $492/Case $41/Bottle
   The least expensive, the 2007 Pinot Noir Santa Barbara, is an evolved, lush, sensual, hedonistic effort
   displaying plenty of berry, spice, chocolate, smoke, and herb notes. Enjoy this appealing Pinot over the
   next several years” -- Parker. A blend of Nielson, Cargasacchi and Fiddlestix Vineyards. Fermented on
   native yeast, aged for 18 months in 50% new French oak. Bright nose of roses and toast, Great acid and
   spicy long finish.

   Bonaccorsi Pinot Noir “Santa Rita Hills” 2006 (#39756) $540/Case $45/Bottle
   90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Nov/Dec '08): "Light, bright red. Sexy, strongly
   perfumed bouquet evokes spicy red berries, cinnamon and potpourri. Deeper black raspberry and
   candied cherry flavors coat the palate and are firmed by juicy minerality. A refreshingly tangy cherry
   skin note lingers on the long, focused finish. Very pretty wine, and delicious right now." A blend of
   Sanford and Benedict, Cargasacchi and Fiddlestix Vineyards. Fermented on native yeast, aged for 18
   months in 50% new French oak. More structured than the other wines. Darker, warm cherry cobbler and
   candy. Smoked cinnamon and hickory, firm finish. 300 cases produced.

   DuMOL “aidan” Pinot Noir, Russian River 2009 6/750ml                    $69/Bottle (5 six-packs)
   90 Points: Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate ( #193, Feb. 2011) “More roasted meat, bouquet garni and
   raspberry scents jump from the glass of the 2009 Pinot Noir Aidan. Made entirely from Dijon clones
   planted in the Wild Rose Vineyard, it possesses moderate tannin and an angular, austere character that
   gives the wine some leanness. It should flesh out with more time in barrel, but it appears to be less
   promising and substantial than the Eoin or the Estate Pinot Noir.” 14.2% alc., 448 cases, $76. Sourced
   from the 3-acre Wildrose Vineyard in Green Valley. Dijon clones 115 and 777. · Medium reddish-purple
   color in the glass. A chameleon of a nose offering glimpses of black cherries, biscuit, and savory oak
   that come and go. Full-flavored and complex offering notes of blackberries, black raspberries, black tea,
   leaf, and oak vanillin. The tannins are supple and the wine finishes with bright acidity. A solid, even
   special wine. Very good.

   DuMOL “ryan” Pinot Noir 2009 6/750 (#6696) $414.00/$69.00/Bottle (6 six-packs)
   90-93 Points: Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate ( #193, Feb. 2011) “More tannic, but loaded with
   potential is the dark plum/ruby-hued 2009 Pinot Noir Ryan. A sweet attack is followed by a medium to
   full-bodied wine revealing notes of sassafras, underbrush, forest floor, black cherries and plums. This
   2009 will require several years of bottle age and should last for a decade. “
   91 points Connoisseurs' Guide: "Leaning ever so slightly away from ripeness and fruity flesh and a little
   more to minerally firmness, the new "ryan" release is a tense and finely tuned youngster with a little less
   swagger and a little more nuance. It smacks of stones and cherry skins, and its evident acids accentuate

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   a bit of back-palate astringency, but it is not cut off by either, and its vigorous fruit stays the course. It
   is sufficiently tight as to make aging is a necessity rather than a beneficial option, and we would like to
   see it set aside for no fewer than four or five years. (Feb 2012)"
   Sourced from the Dutton-Widdoes and Abbott vineyards located on the western edge of the Russian
   River Valley. · Moderate reddish-purple hue in the glass. Very ripe fruit profile emerges over time in the
   glass featuring dark red berries and cherries along with a forest floor tone. A fat, silken, sweet core of
   vivid dark red fruit makes an impression on the mid palate and persists on the fresh, crisp finish that
   displays a cut of citrus. Beautifully balanced with soft, sleek tannins. The wine pushes the ripeness
   envelope but never crosses over. Fabulous the next day with remarkable intensity of flavor from a
   previously opened and re-corked bottle. 14.2% alc., 776 cases.

   DuMOL “Estate” Pinot Noir 2009 (#6709) $444.00/$74.00/Bottle (6 six-packs)
   93 Points: Wine Spectator (Web Only 2012): “This notably graceful and elegant Pinot delivers delicate
   wilted rose, blueberry and black cherry fruit that's supple and detailed, with a long, lingering finish.
   Drink now through 2021. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 625 cases made.” 14.3% alc., 649 cases,
   $80. The estate vineyard is located in the Green Valley of Russian River Valley. Close planted Calera
   and Swan selections. Third vintage from this vineyard. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the
   glass. Very aromatic initially, offering scents of ripe cherries, strawberries, rose petals, spice and the
   slightest oak. Richly flavored but possessing a charming, ephemeral quality. Tasty core of dark red
   berries, black cherries, baking spice and a hint of white chocolate robed in mild-mannered tannins.
   Cranberry and pomegranate show up on the finish that offers bright acidity. Still solid the next day from
   a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Will benefit from a few years in the cellar for full expression.
   Impressive.

   DuMOL “finn” Pinot Noir 2009 6/750 (#6694) $444.00/$74.00 /Bottle (4 six-packs)
   91-94: Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (#193; Feb. 2011): “A potential superstar, the 2009 Pinot Noir
   Finn is a blend of fruit from the DuMol estate site (59%) and a vineyard on Occidental Road (41%). It
   boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as abundant notes of dark, ripe raspberries, black cherries,
   boysenberries, forest floor and flowers, fresh acids, terrific concentration and texture, and a long finish
   with sweet, well-integrated tannin. None of these wines reveal any evidence of oak despite the fact they
   are aged in 50% new French oak barrels.” 14.3% alc., 392 cases, $80. A multi-clonal blend from three
   vineyards at the western edge of the Russian River Valley. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass.
   Patience is required with this wine which slowly evolves in the glass over time, ultimately yielding
   frambiose aroma and flavor with discreet intensity, wrapped in a complimentary supporting tannic
   structure. The mouth feel is strikingly smooth and comforting and the overall impression is one of style
   and finesse. Decant if you pop a cork now.

   Frank Family “Carneros” Pinot Noir 2009 (#3054) 12/750ml                $29.50/Bottle
   90 Pts: Wine Enthusiast (July 2011): This 2009 Carneros Pinot Noir has aromas that are lavish and
   diverse spanning delicate huckleberry and violet to toasted brown sugar, cherry spice, and smoked
   bacon. The palate is silky and elegant, yet powerful; it begins with a youthful expression of wild berries
   and cherry pie, moving into a fresh mid-palate boasting ripe plum and raspberry. It’s finish is well
   balanced, and expresses refined tannins. 12 months in 35% new French oak barrels & 65% once and
   twice filled French oak barrels. *DOUBLE GOLD* SF International Wine Competition 2011 *GOLD*
   San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2011 *GOLD* Monterey Wine Competition 2011.



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   Goldeneye Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley 2009 (#39356) 6/750ml $46.50/Bottle
   NEW RELEASE! Reflecting the Mendocino Coast’s unique marine influences, sites and soils, the grapes
   create sublime and sophisticated Pinot Noir in the 2009 vintage.Terroir-inspired aromas of pennyroyal
   and sassafras shine through on the nose, alongside notes of plum, hard cherry candy, clove, nutmeg and
   earth. The entry is round and silky, offering a broad spectrum of berry flavors, ranging from dark red
   fruit to blueberries and blackberries, all supported by posh oak and undertones of tobacco, leather and
   earth. An excellent tannin structure adds to the appealing texture of this wine and leads to a finish
   supported by refreshing acidity. Aged for 16 months in 100% French oak Burgundy-style barrels (70%
   New Oak, 30% Second Vintage; Medium toast: Allier, Vosges and Tronçais Forests). Barrel Aging: 16
   months.

   Goldeneye Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley 2007 (#39332) 12/375ml $23.50/Bottle
   A product of the exceptional 2007 growing season, this medium-weight Pinot Noir reflects the depth and
   diversity of great Anderson Valley winegrowing, combining excellent structure and acidity, with layered
   fruit and firm tannins. Sophisticated aromas of star anise, morel mushrooms and toasty oak segue to
   enticing ripe berry and bittersweet chocolate notes, underscored by hints of black licorice and truffle. A
   marriage of strength and harmony, this Pinot Noir should age very well...

   Goldeneye Pinot Noir “Gowan Creek”, Anderson Valley 2006 (#39318) 6/750ml $65/Bottle
   94 points Wine Enthusiast: "There's a wild, feral quality to this fine Pinot Noir. It has forest flavors of
   wild mushrooms, thyme, fennel, anise and pine, along with more familiar flavors of red cherries, cola
   and sandalwood. Elegant and ageable. Now through 2012." (09/09)From the winery: "Gowan Creek is
   the home to our new winery and offers a perfect mid-valley winegrowing location that combines warmer
   Anderson Valley elements with coastal fog and cooling influences from the northern end of the valley. As
   a result, this wine is a classic expression of Pinot Noir, with signature aromatics, lush extraction and
   rich texture. The nose displays the wild blueberry and blackberry layers that have come to define Gowan
   Creek, supported by notes of loganberry, char, black pepper and dried meats. On the palate, the attack is
   immense, the tannins long and the acidity persistent, all combining to create a wine with sumptuous,
   dark-fruit-driven complexity."

   Ken Brown “Santa Maria” Pinot Noir 2009 (#84032) 12/750ml $25/Bottle
   Rich and complex, featuring luscious aromas of dark cherry, fresh earth tones, allspice and a touch of
   toasted almond. The flavors are reminiscent of ripe cherries with subtle touches of cedar and spice. A
   remarkably rich and silky mid-palate is supported by a refreshing lift of natural acidity, making this
   Pinot Noir an excellent companion to food. The wine culminates in a round, velvety finish... 54% came
   from the historic Nielson Vineyard (planted in 1964 -- Santa Barbara County’s oldest vineyard) and
   46% Garey Vineyard (planted by Ken in 1989) -- both located in Santa Maria Valley. Each of these
   exceptional vineyards offers a unique Pinot Noir expression, due in large part to the distinct
   microclimates and clonal selections at each site. Vines at the cool Nielson Vineyard are planted to Clone
   114 and are known for Pinot Noir with rich concentration, fruit forward character and lush structure.
   The Garey Vineyard, situated to the west of Nielson, a bit closer to the marine influence of the Pacific
   Ocean, is planted to Clone 115 and produces Pinot Noirs of great complexity with spice and earth tones.
   The 2009 vintage produced superb concentration and flavors in the grapes. Yields averaged 2.75 tons
   per acre and cluster size was relatively small.The wine aged 10 months in French oak barrels with 34%
   new French oak. 171 cases made.



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   Littorai Pinot Noir “Platt Vineyard” 2008 (#2285)               12/750     $576.00/Case$48.00/Bottle
   93 Points: Wine Enthusiast: "The vineyard lies between Freestone and Bodega Bay, one of the coolest
   parts of the far Sonoma Coast. The wine is fairly pale for a California Pinot Noir, with nuanced flavors
   of toast, spices, raspberries and persimmons, in a silky, vibrant texture. The oak application has not yet
   been fully integrated. Give it 24 years in the bottle. S.H." –July 2011

   Littorai Pinot Noir “Pivot Vineyard” 2008 (#2288)            12/750    $624.00/Case$52.00/Bottle
   94 Points: Wine Enthusiast: "From the estate vineyard, west of Sebastopol. Made in a lighter-colored,
   ligher-bodied style than most Russian River Pinot Noirs, the wine shows flashy toast, raspberry, cherry,
   cinnamon and clove aromas and flavors. A complex, elegant young wine that should develop over the
   next six years. S.H." –July 2011

   Littorai Pinot Noir “Les Larmes” 2010 (#2287)                  12/750ml $372.00/Case $31.00/Bottle
   Composed mostly of Savoy and Cerise declassifications, this wine is earthier and less fruity than the
   Sonoma Coast, with more substantial tanin and structure. Fennel, rhubarb, strawberry and blood
   orange on the nose with tobacco and forest floor. The palate is wonderfully full and generous already
   with lovely length and a graceful, elegant finish. Both of these bottling drink very well right now and
   should be lovely for the next few years.

   Littorai Pinot Noir “Cerise Vineyard” 2007 (#2266)12/750 $624.00/Case              $52.00/Bottle
   91 Points: Tanzer: “Medium red. Wilder, slightly reduced aromas of shoe polish, smoke, flint and herbs.
   Sweet and supple on entry, then spicy and backward in the middle, with a juicy peppery quality and a
   strong impression of dry extract. This very dry, tactile wines rising finish suggests it will reward
   aging.”

   Littorai Pinot Noir “Savoy Vineyard” 2007 (#2281)           12/750      $576.00/Case $48.00/Bottle
   89 Points: Parker: "The 2007 Pinot Noir Savoy Vineyard is a blend of the newer Dijon clones and the
   older California selections from Swan and Pommard. This sexy, light ruby-hued, medium-bodied Pinot
   offers fresh boysenberry, cherry and pomegranate notes. It is reminiscent of a riper, richer version of a
   French premier cru from the Cote de Beaune. Enjoy it over the next 5-6 years." –February 2011

   Littorai Pinot Noir “Sonoma Coast” 2007 (#2268)            12/750ml $372/Case            $31/Bottle
   Both this and the Les Larmes Anderson Valley Pinot Noir have benefitted from the additional year of
   bottle aging. The Sonoma Coast combines great spice intensity in the aromatics and woodsy, forest floor
   aromas with moderate tannins and good sweetness. This wine is more linear than Les Larmes and more
   elegant. It will be delightful for the next few years.

   Littorai Pinot Noir “Sonoma Coast” 2010 (#2284)               12/750ml $372/Case $31/Bottle
   Beautifully pure raspberry tones and white pepper. Lively acidity and more tannic structure compared to
   Les Larmes. The long finish is dominated by red fruit tones. The relationship between the two bottling is
   as consistent as ever. Sonoma Coast is about structure, Les Larmes is about mid palate richness. A
   blend of declassifications from vineyard designates. All Vertical Shoot Positioned-sustabinably farmed.
   Native yeast for both primary and malolactic fermentations. Not filtered. This is a gorgeous
   respresentation of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir from one of our most talented winemakers.

   Littorai Pinot Noir “Theriot Vineyard” 2007 (#2260)                           12/750   $576/Case   $48/Bottle


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   93 Points: Parker: "Even better is the 2007 Pinot Noir Thieriot Vineyard. It exhibits a DRC-like bouquet
   of forest floor, blueberries, black raspberries, earth and spice. In addition to the Swan and Pommard
   selections, it is composed of Dijon clones 114, and 117 as well as the Calera clone, which was reputedly
   sourced from Burgundy's most famous vineyard. This full-bodied, complex, intense Pinot should be
   drunk over the next 7-10 years." –February 2011

   Littorai Pinot Noir “The Haven Vyd.”2008 (#2264)                 12/750ml $717/Case            $59.75/Bottle
   Berries everywhere: blackberry, blueberry, huckleberry, violets, slightly confectionary, black and red
   licorice, fern leaf, on the palate this is a very intense and concentrated wine without being heavy. As
   always this has the best acidity of the Pinots. Significant but integrated tannin with a very long finish.
   Everything is there; it just needs time to come together.

   Littorai Pinot Noir “The Haven Vyd.”2007 (#2263) 12/750ml              $717/Case            $59.75/Bottle
   89+ Points: Robert Parker: "The 2007 Pinot Noir Haven Vineyard (another biodynamically farmed site
   on a high ridge west of the town of Occidental) was made from multiple clones. It reveals a dark ruby
   color as well as notes of tomato skins, underbrush and sweet and sour cherries. This slightly leaner, but
   still impressively endowed Pinot requires 1-2 years of bottle age and should last for a decade." –
   February 2011

   Littorai Pinot Noir “Mays Canyon” 2008 (#2276) 12/750                      $624.00/Case $52.00/Bottle
   “Moderately dark reddish-purple robe. Very expressive forward nose that is constantly changing in the
   glass offering scents of spiced Bing cherries, alpine strawberries, cola, mocha and toast. Crisp and
   delicious on the palate featuring darker red cherries and berries with just the right amount of oak and
   spice in the background. A cherry delight on the bright finish. A kick-ass Pinot that displays the typically
   luscious Russian River fruit beautifully. Can drink it now, but will further reward patience. Flat-out
   great the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle.” - PinotFile

   Littorai Pinot Noir “Mays Canyon” 2007 (#2267)               12/750      $624.00/Case
   $52.00/Bottle
   92 Points: Parker: "The complex, seductive, deep ruby-hued 2007 Pinot Noir Mays Canyon (made from
   Dijon clones and the Swan clone) reveals sweet notes of forest floor, spring flowers, pomegranates,
   blueberries and black cherries. This savory, round, juicy wine also possesses subtle hints of oak and
   spice." –February 2011

   Longoria Pinot Noir “Lovely Rita” - Santa Rita Hills 2008 (#84050) 12/750ml $26.50/Bottle
   This vintage of Lovely Rita Pinot Noir is a refinement of last year's inaugural release. The resulting
   wine is always the most fruit forward, the most aromatic, and the most delicate in texture of the Fe
   Ciega lots, and comprises 40% of this year's Lovely Rita blend. Rick added a very small amount of Bien
   Nacido Pinot Noir for complexity. To avoid masking the beautiful aromas, he reduced the amount of new
   French oak barrels to around 20%. The wine aged in French oak barrels for 11 months as opposed to
   14 months for the regular bottling of Fe Ciega. Production: 355 cases. It has a beautiful bright ruby red
   color with hints of violet in the edges. The forward aromas have a floral quality with hints of red fruits,
   spices and a woody character. On the palate the wine displays a silky texture, with flavors of cherries
   and a hint of toasted oak in the finish. The wine opens up with 20 minutes or more of airing in the
   glass.



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   Longoria Pinot Noir “Fe Ciega Vineyard” - Santa Rita Hills 2007 (#84060) 12/750ml $43.50/Bottle
   Fe Ciega is Longoria’s estate vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills appellation. The wine has a medium dark
   ruby color. The aromas are a mixture of intense exotic spices and dried berries. On the palate the wine is
   medium-bodied with strong spices accenting dried cherry flavors. Balanced oak vanillin contributes a
   slightly sweet impression in the mid-palate and finish. The tannins are slightly dry but will smooth out
   with 2-3 years of additional cellaring. The final result is an intensely flavored wine that manages to still
   remain elegant and balanced. Each lot was fermented and aged separately in French oak barrels.
   Approximately 32% of the barrels were new. The wine was aged in the barrels for 15 months, which is
   four months longer than has been his usual practice. This resulted in a wine that is smoother upon
   release than some of his past vintages.

   Martinelli "Lolita Ranch" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ’09 (#4119) 12/750ml                 $53/Bottle
   94 Points: Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (February 2012): “ The 2009 Pinot Noir Lolita Ranch
   boasts a gorgeous core of dark red fruit, exotic spices, licorice, smoke and rose petals. The wine
   possesses tremendous density and richness in a medium to full-bodied style that is immensely appealing.
   This is one of the deeper, more masculine wines in the line-up. Vibrant mineral notes give the finish an
   extra burst of raw energy. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.”
   The Lolita Ranch is located on Martinelli Road in Forestville. Giuseppe & Luisa had purchased the
   steep, forested landscape in the late 1800’s and then later sold this particular section to a neighbor. On
   this site, circa 1900, there once stood a small country schoolhouse where some of the Martinelli family
   attended at the turn of the century. Eventually the ranch was passed on to Bob and Lolita Young, who ran
   a herd of Angus and Hereford cattle on the land for many years. Third generation farmer, Lee Martinelli
   Jr., and his wife Pamela acquired the property in 1999, returning it back to the Martinelli estate and to
   the family’s continuing century-long legacy of viticulture. Lee Jr. planted the steep hillside with four
   different grape varietals: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Zinfandel. The Syrah is planted with clone
   877. The vines are trained on a vertical trellis system and are tightly spaced at 2,000 plants per acre. The
   small vineyard is lined by a thick border of huge pepperwood trees, redwoods, tan oak, black oak and the
   smooth red-barked manzanita. Since planting the grapes, cattle no longer grace the landscape on this
   wooded property, but a hoard of wildlife does, which accounts for scores of wild turkeys, foxes (el zorro
   in Spanish), deer, and many species of birds, especially herons and mergansers that live along the
   winding creek below. Cases Produced: 450.

   Merry Edwards “Meredith Vineyard” Pinot Noir 2008 (#6847) 12/750ml $57/Bottle
   95 points: Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (June 2011): "As deep, as rich and as well
   appointed in persistent fruit as any of its stablemates, the Pinot Noir from Ms. Edwards' home property
   is perhaps the best bred of them all. It is at one and the same time weighty and beautifully balanced, and
   its composed combination of ripeness, sweet oak and fresh cherries puts it on the track for certain
   improvement with age. Its sense of vigor and fruity stamina makes us think that it could grow for a
   decade or more, and, if given the choice, we would exercise patience and wait for at least four or five
   years before pulling its cork.


   Merry Edwards “Sonoma Coast” Pinot Noir 2008 (#6838) 12/750ml $38.50/Bottle
   94 points “Editor’s Choice”: Wine Enthusiast magazine (August 2011). Grapes from the Sonoma
   Coast appellation give Merry the opportunity to create a blend unique in its cool-climate profile. For
   this wine, she sources vineyards located to the south and west of the town of Sebastopol. These sites are

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   directly influenced by fog and breezes emanating from San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
   Primarily planted to the new generation of Dijon clones, these vineyards also host a small proportion of
   two older California selections ? Pommard and Swan. The opening fragrance of this Pinot reveals scents
   of crushed, sweet red cherries, ripe raspberries and jasmine tea. As the appealing aroma expands and
   unfolds, its floral perfume exhibits hints of violets, blueberries, licorice and nutmeg. The palate is sweet
   and savory with a smooth, sleek mouthfeel and fine-grained tannins extending the full finish. This wine’s
   gentle, approachable character belies its potential for long-term aging.

   Merry Edwards “Russian River” Pinot Noir 2008 (#6840) 12/750ml $45/Bottle
   Merry Edwards “Russian River” Pinot Noir 2008 (#6842) 12/375ml $23/Bottle
   No. 1 Pinot Noir: Merry Edwards was named No. 1 Pinot Noir in Wine & Spirits Magazine's 22nd
   annual Restaurant Poll (Wine & Spirits Magazine, April 2011): Merry’s Russian River Valley Pinot
   Noir is a cohesive assemblage of seven different vineyards and sixteen meticulously crafted wines.
   Farming is tailored specifically to each vineyard block, to allow the fullest expression of its singular
   terroir. Once harvested, the specific choices she makes in winemaking technique further enhance each
   site's unique personality. The final composition of the blend embodies the best qualities of their home turf
   --- the Russian River appellation, resulting in a virtual rainbow of aromas and flavors. From the outset,
   this Pinot captivates with its jewel-like quality. The aroma has many facets ? dark cherry, rich plum and
   chocolate. As you swirl it in your glass, the complexity unfolds and expands, manifesting accents of
   licorice, vanilla bean and spicy oak. An enticing, succulent entry on the palate opens with masses of ripe
   fruit and a hint of earthiness, while firm, tarry tannins fill the extended finish. This wine will surprise
   you with its age-worthiness!

   Merry Edwards “Klopp Vineyard” Pinot Noir 2008 (#6841) 12/750ml $60/Bottle
   96 points: Wine Enthusiast magazine (August 2011). This unique site was planted to Pinot Noir in
   the late 1980s and is still farmed today with pride and dedication by Ted Klopp. The vines overlook the
   Laguna de Santa Rosa, from a ridge top bordering the western edge of this wintertime lake in central
   Russian River Valley. Here the sandy, well-drained Goldridge soils help create tiny berries that result in
   striking wines of great depth. A diverse collection of clones ? Swan and Pommard along with Dijon 115,
   667 and 777 ? gives Merry many options from which she can assemble a memorable blend each year
   reflecting the site’s timeless personality. The character of this vintage seems a bit more exotic than
   usual, with allspice and juniper berries accenting a core of classic toasty, bramble-blackberry fruit.
   Cola, plum, bacon and cocoa add complex layers to the aroma. The palate is smooth and supple upon
   entry, becoming increasingly tarry and ripe with aeration. Tannins are bountiful but softly understated
   and lush leading to a stately, extended finish.

   Miner Family “Gary’s Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands 2009 (#4902) 6/750ml
   $49/Bottle
   This famous 50-acre vineyard was planted in 1995 by friends and growers Gary Franscioni and Gary
   Pisoni along the terraces of the Santa Lucia mountain range, overlooking the Salinas River Valley. With
   plenty of lovely, rich tannins, this Pinot offers up flavors of dark cherry fruit and subtle oak. Drink 2011
   to 2018. Aged: 14 months 70% new French oak. 800 cases made.

   Mi Sueno Pinot Noir “Los Carneros” 2008 (#4025) 12/750ml                           $31/Bottle
   Classic...Seductive...Alluring. A Temptress in a bottle! If Carneros pinots were judged on a “richness-
   scale” this wine would reside squarely at the tip of the full-bodied spectrum. While certainly not shy in


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   spirit, it never wavers in respect to its core Burgundy roots. The appearance literally sparkles with hints
   of ruby red and magenta. The aroma is inviting with an abundance of dried red fruits, pomegranate,
   freshly cut rose petals and an essence of crushed limestone, unique to Rolando’s Tierra Blanca Vineyard.
   While the yields are almost laughable, he couldn't be more pleased with the quality of fruit that he’s
   getting from Tierra Blanca Vineyard. The mouth-watering entry catches your attention immediately and
   invites you in for another sip. Unusually rich in the mid-palate it gently embraces your taste buds and
   replicates the vibrant red fruit flavors first presented by the bouquet. Elegance and sophistication are
   further showcased by its refined, silky tannins, limestone enhanced minerality and an apparent, yet subtle
   toasty oak. Aged 10 months in 100% French oak (50% new). Like all of their wines,
   it’s fermented with 100% indigenous yeasts.

   Radio Coteau Pinot Noir La Neblina Sonoma Coast 2009 (#40561) 12/750ml                        $42/Bottle
   Parker: (90-92); Tanzer (Josh Raynolds): 92; Burghound: 91: "The 2009 Pinot Noir La Neblina (50%
   stems utilized) emerges from the Goldridge soils located in Sebastopol. Loaded with black cherry, plum
   and currant fruit, this dark ruby/purple-tinged wine possesses sweet tannins, medium body and a heady,
   plush finish. It will drink well young and age effortlessly for 4-5 years.” Proprietor Eric Sussman seems
   to go from strength to strength at this small boutique winery. One of the buzz words in the wine world
   is -natural- winemaking, which has no real definition and is often shamelessly used to promote a certain
   style of wine. Yet Radio-Coteau is a great example of 'natural winemaking' native indigenous
   fermentations, incredibly low usage of SO2 and biodynamically farmed vineyards. Then add the fact that
   the wines are bottled without fining or filtration. Of course, human beings/civilization have to intervene
   in the winemaking process, so until grapes are produced that can detach themselves from the vine and
   hop, skip and jump to a fermenter and make themselves, we will never have 100% 'natural' wines."--The
   Wine Advocate.

   Radio Coteau “Terra Neuma” Pinot Noir 2008 (#40565) 12/750ml                         $46/Bottle (1 cs/ 6 btls)
   92 Points: Steven Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (May/June 2010). Exposed to the rigors of the
   foggy Sonoma coastline, this sixth-generation family-owned ranch resides on a bluff above Bodega, a
   few miles from the Pacific Ocean. This marginal site on the edge of the Sonoma Coast, Demeter certified
   Biodynamic® and farmed by the Benzigers, is characterized by consistently low yields and extended
   hang times. In 2009 cooler conditions during flowering resulted in fewer clusters per vine and smaller
   berries, in turn a miniscule yield, which resulted in deep fruit intensity. Like a number of his colleagues
   in Sonoma County, Eric Sussman compared 2008 to 2005, with the proviso that "2008 has more depth
   than '05," adding that yields for his pinots were off by about 30% from 2007 levels.”
   "An artisanal winery run with meticulous attention to detail by Eric Sussman, Radio-Coteau continues to
   follow a fair pricing strategy for its high quality Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Syrahs, and Zinfandels. As a
   postscript, Eric Sussman told me that his winery was certified biodynamic in 2008. All his fermentations
   are native (indigenous yeasts from the vineyard), he uses minimal SO2, minimal racking, extended lees
   contact, and bottles all his wines in house with no fining or filtration. These are all characteristics of the
   younger generation of conscientious wine producers." – Robert Parker (Feb. 2010)

   ROAR “Santa Lucia Highlands” Pinot Noir 2009 ( #4032)                   12/750ml $35/Bottle
   This bottling is sourced from the Pisoni, Rossella’s, and Garys' vineyards. Medium and bright ruby
   color, with a good fruity nose of ripe cherries, blueberries and root beer. The full palate has very good
   acidity and has all the flavors of the nose with the addition of raspberries and cinnamon. The acidity
   and oak on the finish blend nicely with the fruit and spice. Clones: Pisoni, 113, Pommard 4, 777. Aged

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   11 months in 100% French (44% new --- Remond, Francois Freres,\ Ermitage). Grapes for the 2009
   Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir were harvested between early September and late October at 26.1
   brix and spent an average of 20 days on the skins before being pressed to French oak barrels for 11
   months aging. The wine was racked once and bottled unfiltered and unfined...

   Truchard “Estate” Pinot Noir, Carneros 2008 (#9953) 12/750              $25.00/Bottle
   From Carneros’ prime estate --- Truchard’s been supplying a veritable “who’s-who” of the region’s top
   producers for 30+ years! This wine has a beautiful nose of wild strawberry, plum and cranberry;
   highlighted with subtle notes of citrus blossom, tea, and earth. The mouth is silky, with flavors of black
   cherry, pomegranate, and sweet vanilla. Bright acidity and delicate tannins focus the palate and provide
   a lingering finish of spice and red fruit. The 2008 vintage was a challenging vintage for most of the
   North Coast region --- that produced low-yielding crops of wonderful wines for those with patience...
   Carneros Pinots from 2008 have beautiful aromas, intense flavors, and great acidity. This is a blend of
   7 separate clonal selections of Pinot Noir grown on the Truchard Estate Vineyard: Two “Martini”
   clones, the “Pommard” clone, the “Swan” clone; and several new selections from France - Dijon 115,
   667, 777. Each selection provides a unique element of aromatic fruit, spice, and texture to the blend. The
   vines range from 12 - 34 years in age. They are planted in several select sites that take full advantage of
   the thin soils, rolling hills, and cooler temperatures; factors which combine to make the Carneros region
   ideal for producing Pinot Noir. All of the fruit was gently destemmed and crushed into open top
   fermenters with approximately 20% whole berries. This wine was aged for 10 months in French oak
   (35% new)... Cases Produced: 2532 cases.


   Saintsbury’s Vineyard Designates
   Carneros: California’s First AVA
   A History Lesson....
   For any of you history-buffs in the audience, the guys at Saintsbury were there at the beginning of the
   modern era of California Pinot Noir and the Carneros AVA.... Few would guess Carneros to be
   California’s first AVA, but it was! And Dick Ward & David Graves had a major part in this seminal
   event.... Receiving its AVA status in 1983, the Carneros area was the first wine region in California to be
   defined by its climate characteristics rather than political boundaries.... For nearly three decades Dick &
   Dave have had the opportunity to roam Carneros, seeking the best Pinot Noir vineyards for their various
   bottlings. In the last twenty years these have included numerous small non-commercial amounts of select
   individual vineyard wines for their wine library. They would watch how these wines age and how the
   expression of terroir is nuanced by the specifics of each growing season. They liked the results so they
   decided to go public with their venture into showcasing the outstanding plantings of the Carneros
   appellation..... Saintsbury’s two founders met in 1977 while attending graduate classes in Enology at
   U.C. Davis. In 1979, Ward and Graves chose to make a Santa Barbara barrel-fermented dry Riesling as
   one of Saintsbury's first wines, a bottling ahead of its time, one indicative of Saintsbury's pioneering
   spirit. In 1981, with the release of its first 2,000 cases of Pinot Noir and a commitment to the pursuit of
   high quality California Pinot Noir, Saintsbury became one of the forerunners of a winemaking revolution
   begun in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s that catapulted California wines, Carneros Pinot Noir and Saintsbury
   onto the world wine stage. The Carneros appellation was officially created in 1983, two years after
   Saintsbury's founding. Dick & Dave know where all of the bones are buried, and can offer their insights
   into some of the most historic terroirs in California’s oldest AVA....



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   Saintsbury “Lee Vineyard” Pinot Noir 2008 (#9718) 6/750 ml $30/Bottle
   The 2008 Saintsbury Lee Vineyard Pinot Noir has brooding aromas of ripe plums, spice box, tobacco,
   rose hips and hawthorn. Chocolate-laced briary black fruit flavors are supported by fine tannins and
   lively acidity. Lee has a wonderfully intriguing array of complex flavors that will evolve nicely for years
   to come. 100% Pommard clone. 4 days cold soak, 9 day total maceration. 11 months in 40% new French
   oak. · The darkest colored and darkest flavored wine in the lineup. Ira and Shirley Lee first planted their
   vineyard on Los Carneros Avenue in 1969 following closely the other modern viticultural pioneers of
   Carneros. Louis Martini got things rolling by planting Pinot Noir at Stanly Ranch in the ’50s, and Andre
   Tchelitscheff followed suit with 80 acres of Pinot at BV-5 in 1962. A year later the “larger-than-life”
   Rene di Rosa established Winery Lake Vineyard and brought his promotional talents to proving the
   quality of Carneros as pinot country. Rene and Ira Lee worked closely together to make the pristine
   rolling hills safe for future vineyard development by creating Keep Carneros Green to fend off unwanted
   suburban sprawl. Now with many of Carneros’ gently rolling hills carpeted with Pinot Noir vines the
   quality and character of Lee Vineyard still stands out after more than thirty-five years. Saintsbury has
   made Pinot Noir from Lee Vineyard since the 1982 vintage and the vineyard continues to be one of their
   most important suppliers of great pinot. With this long experience we felt it was the perfect time to
   present Lee Pinot Noir on its own: one special vineyard, one spectacular terroir.

   Saintsbury “Stanly Vineyard” Pinot Noir 2007 (#9705) 6/750 ml $35/Bottle
   92 Points: Wine Spectator (August 31, 2009): “Supple, elegant and stylish, showing rich blackberry and
   blueberry fruit, with pretty loamy, earthy shadings. Gains traction and depth, ending with firm tannins
   and a pleasing mineral edge. Drink now through 2013. 3,259 cases made. –JL”
   Historic Stanly Ranch: The modern viticultural history of Carneros began on Stanly Ranch in the 1950s
   when Louis Martini who then owned part of the historic property began a clonal trial of Pinot Noir and
   Chardonnay with UC Davis and another historic California wine family, the Wentes. The well-known
   Martini and Wente clones of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay emerged from these trials and were propagated
   and sold by the Wente grapevine nursery. The historic ranch of Judge Stanly anchors the southeastern
   corner of the Carneros, greeting visitors to the Napa Valley as they drive up Highway 29 towards the city
   of Napa. The fourth incarnation of grape vines on this property began in 2001 with the development of
   350-acres of vines using modern clones, spacing and vertical trellising on the property’s clay-loam soils
   and gently rolling hills. Saintsbury has purchased Stanly Ranch fruit since the 1984 vintage and during
   the last 20 years it has been a significant source for the Carneros Pinot Noir and Reserve bottlings. Now
   they’ve come full circle as the Vineyard Series Stanly Ranch replaces the Reserve Pinot Noir in
   Saintsbury’s Pinot Noir lineup.

   Saintsbury “Brown Ranch Vineyard” Pinot Noir 2007 (#9716) 6/750 ml $46.25/Bottle
   90 Points: Burghound.com.... To produce a single vineyard wine you should be convinced the vineyard
   has something unique and identifiable to offer. It should be a vineyard that will yield a wine whose
   intensity and personality you are unable to obtain in your other wines. Dick & Dave knew this about
   their Brown Ranch after the first harvest of its Pinot Noir grapes in 1995. They planted their Brown
   Ranch to the then-new Dijon clones in 1992 along with the addition of Pommard on an exposed ridge.
   With their first harvest, they noticed a unique character to the wines made from these grapes. There are
   eight lots that are separately aged and tracked. And while each have their unique qualities due to clonal,
   rootstock and terroir differences, there is a consistent thread running though their Brown Ranch Pinot
   Noir. The ranch has a combination of typical Carneros clay loams and cobbly clay loams as well as


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   some volcanic soil types on steeper hillsides. Three separate Dijon clones (115, 667 and 777) are planted
   on four different rootstocks with many soil types and exposures. Yields typically range from 2.25 to 3.5
   tons/acre (30-50 hl/ha). Wines from this vineyard show more rich earthiness and black fruit than the
   more red-fruit character of other lots in their cellar. A dark fruit intensity with stunning persistence is a
   hallmark of this wine. Saintsbury only bottles very small amounts of Brown Ranch Pinot Noir each
   year. It is packaged into six-bottle boxes with a package design that pays tribute to the winery’s
   namesake: George Saintsbury.

   Cheers,
   Alan




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