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06.29.2006

California's Best Pinot Noir: A Report From Pinot Days 2006

pinot_days_logo.gifWell folks, I'm here to tell you. The 2005 vintage of Pinot Noir in California looks to be an excellent one. It's taken me three days to recover from, and two days to write up my notes on the second ever Pinot Days festival held here in San Francisco. Last year's event was the first of its kind in San Francisco, and it was also pre-Sideways phenomon. It was also somewhat tranquil and low key.

That has all changed now, of course. This past Sunday's grand tasting held at Fort Mason reminded me of nothing so much as the ZAP Festival, where every year, bemused and horrified, I get to watch hundreds of San Francisco wine lovers mill about in excitement, confusion, and (as the day goes on) deeper and deeper states of drunkenness.

If anyone needed any confirmation that Pinot Noir is hot right now, all they needed to do was try to get to the Kosta Brown table for a taste of wine between 2pm and 3:30 PM when those guys poured the very last drop of everything they brought. I swear, people were stacked up 6 deep most of the day.

I would definitely have taken pictures of that, as well as other stuff, but I forgot my camera. Sorry. If you really want to see what it looked like, my friend and winemaker Sasha has some photos up on his site.

Of course the crowds aren't the only indication that Pinot Noir is the next hot thing in California. While it may never replace Cabernet both in popularity or sales figures, it is certainly starting to approach it in price.

This shit is getting REALLY expensive.

Here are a few statistics to underscore the fact that you really have to be pretty well off (or willing to spend a lot of your money) in order to afford the top bottlings of Pinot Noir in California:

  • Average price of the 200-some wines I tasted on Sunday: $43

  • Median price of the 200-some wines I tasted on Sunday: $45

  • Average price of the wines I rated 9/9.5 and above: $46

  • Of all the 200+ wines I tasted the number that were UNDER $30 per bottle: 24

  • The number that were over $50 per bottle: 53

    Of course, my intent here is not to bash anyone. It's just a fact of the market. But it certainly makes it tough to be a Pinot lover with a budget. Heck, Pinot Noir might even be a good investment!

    For those who are price conscious, I've pulled out the wines that I think are the best values in my scores below.

    If there is one important take-away from this grand tasting, which looks to be getting grander every year, it is that there is more good Pinot Noir being made in California than ever before, and it continues to rise in both quality and diversity. Miles would be pleased.


    TASTING NOTES:
    Note that unless otherwise specified, the wines are all Pinot Noir from California. I have noted the subappellation wherever possible. Some prices I simply forgot to ask, others have not yet been determined by the wineries.

    Finally, since I seemed to get asked every time, this represents most of the wines I tasted (i've left off a few wines that would have fallen off the bottom of this list), but despite tasting over two hundred wines, I got to only about half of the wines that were probably there. I can't get to everyone so I'm sorry if I missed your table (if you're a winemaker) or your favorite producer (if you're a regular reader).


    TOP VALUES:
    2004 Calera Wine Company Central Coast. Score: 9. Cost: $22.
    2004 Windy Oaks Estate "Estate Cuvee" Santa Cruz Mountains. Score: 9. Cost: $22.
    2004 Hitching Post Wines "Cork Dancer". Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $26.
    2004 Costa de Oro Winery Estate "Gold Coast Vyd," Santa Maria Valley. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $24.
    2004 Tudor Wines "Radog". Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $22.
    2004 Aubin Cellars "Verve," Sonoma Coast. Score: 8.5. Cost: $24.


    ALL WINES:

    2003 Anne Amie Vineyards "Yamhill Springs Vineyard," Willamette Valley, Oregon. Score: 9.5. Cost: $45.
    2002 Calera Wine Company "Jensen Vineyard" Mt. Harlan. Score: 9.5. Cost: $53.
    2001 Calera Wine Company "Mills Vineyard" Mt. Harlan. Score: 9.5. Cost: $40.
    2004 Chasseur Wines "Freestone Station Vineyard" Russian River Valley. Score: 9.5. Cost: $55.
    2004 Chasseur Wines "Joyce's Vineyard" Sonoma Coast. Score: 9.5. Cost: $55.
    2003 Clos Saron "Home Vineyard," Sierra Foothills. Score: 9.5. Cost: $45.
    2003 Copeland Creek Estate, Sonoma Coast. Score: 9.5. Cost: $??.
    2002 Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery "Fort Ross Vineyard Reserve," Sonoma Coast. Score: 9.5. Cost: $49.
    2002 Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery "Symposium" Sonoma Coast. Score: 9.5. Cost: $37.
    2003 Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery Pinotage, Sonoma Coast. Score: 9.5. Cost: $37.
    2004 J. Wilkes "Bien Nacido Vineyards Hillside" Santa Maria Valley. Score: 9.5. Cost: $38.
    2004 Martinelli Winery "Bondi Home Ranch" Russian River Valley. Score: 9.5. Cost: $50.
    2004 Native9 Wine "Rancho Ontiveros Vineyard," Santa Maria Valley. Score: 9.5. Cost: $48.
    2004 Papapietro Perry Winery "100% Pommard," Sonoma Coast. Score: 9.5. Cost: $45.
    2004 Sea Smoke Cellars "Southing". Score: 9.5. Cost: $50.
    2005 Siduri Wines "Ewald Vinyard". Score: 9.5. Cost: $45.
    2005 Siduri Wines "Pisoni Vineyard," Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9.5. Cost: $45.
    2005 Siduri Wines "Clos Pepe Vineyard". Score: 9.5. Cost: $45.
    2003 Tandem Winery "Silver Pines Vineyard," Sonoma Mountain. Score: 9.5. Cost: $54.
    2004 Tantara Winery "Brosseau Vineyard," Chalone AVA. Score: 9.5. Cost: $52.
    2003 Windy Oaks "Estate Reserve," Santa Cruz Mountains. Score: 9.5. Cost: $42.
    2004 Woodenhead Russian River Valley. Score: 9.5. Cost: $35.
    2004 Woodenhead "Wiley Vineyard," Anderson Valley. Score: 9.5. Cost: $46.
    2004 Woodenhead "Morning Dew Ranch," Anderson Valley. Score: 9.5. Cost: $46.

    2005 A.P. VIN Garys' Vineyard (barrel Sample), Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $46.
    2005 A.P. VIN Keefer Ranch Vineyard (Barrel Sample), Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $46.
    2003 Anne Amie Vineyards "Hawk's View Vineyard," Willamette Valley, Oregon. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $45.
    2003 Anne Amie Vineyards "Laurel Vineyard," Willamette Valley, Oregon. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $45.
    2004 Arista Winery "Longbow" - Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $38.
    2002 Calera Wine Company "Reed Vineyard," Mt. Harlan. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $48.
    2003 Calera Wine Company "Ryan Vineyard" Mt. Harlan. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $40.
    2004 Chasseur Wines "Sylvia's Vineyard" Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $55.
    2005 Clos Saron "Home Vineyard," Sierra Foothills (barrel sample). Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $45.
    2004 Copain Wine Cellars "Kiser Vineyard En Bas". Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $50.
    2002 Davis Bynum Winery "Lindley's Knoll Vineyard". Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $55.
    2003 Davis Bynum Winery "Lindley's Knoll Vineyard". Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $60.
    2004 Eno Wines "Fairview Road Ranch Vineyard," Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $35.
    2005 Eno Wines "Fairview Road Ranch Vineyard," Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $35.
    2004 Failla Winery "Keefer Ranch," Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $42.
    2003 Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery "Fort Ross Vineyard," Sonoma Coast. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $37.
    2004 Freeman "Keefer Ranch" Green Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $45.
    2004 Freeman "Akiko's Cuvee". Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $48.
    2004 Halleck Vineyard "Three Sons Cuvee," Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $38.
    2003 Hamel Wines "Campbell Ranch Annapolis", Sonoma Coast. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $28.
    2004 Holdredge Wines Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $32.
    2004 Holdredge Wines "Wren Hop Vineyard," Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $38.
    2003 Inman Family Wines "Olivet Grange Vineyard," Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $45.
    2005 Inman Family Wines Russian River Valley Pinot Gris. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $25.
    2003 J. Wilkes "Bien Nacido Vineyards Block Q," Santa Maria Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $48.
    2004 J. Wilkes "Solomon Hills Vineyard". Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $38.
    2005 Kosta Browne "Koplen Vineyard" (barrel sample). Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $??.
    2005 Kosta Browne "Garys' Vineyard," Santa Lucia Highlands (barrel sample). Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $??.
    2005 Kosta Browne "Keefer Ranch," Green Valley (barrel sample). Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $??.
    2005 Jamie Kutch Wines (barrel sample). Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $??.
    2005 Loring Wine Company "Clos Pepe Vineyard," Santa Rita Hills (barrel sample). Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $48.
    2005 Loring Wine Company "Garys' Vineyard," Santa Lucia Highlands (barrel sample). Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $48.
    2004 MacRostie Winery "Wildcat Mountain Vineyard," Sonoma Coast. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $40.
    2004 Martinelli Winery "Zig Tony", Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $50.
    2004 Melville "Carries". Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $52.
    2004 Morgan Winery "Double L Vineyard," Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $55.
    2004 Morgan Winery "Garys' Vineyard," Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $50.
    2004 Papapietro Perry Winery Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $39.
    2004 Papapietro Perry Winery "Peters Vineayard," Sonoma Coast. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $45.
    2004 Porter Creek Vineyards "Reserve" Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $60.
    2004 Porter Creek Vineyards "Hillside Vineyard" Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $60.
    2004 Roessler Cellars "Kanzler Vineyard," Sonoma Coast. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $45.
    2004 Saintsbury "Lee Vineyard," Carneros. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $45.
    2004 Siduri Wines "Olivet Grange Vineyard," Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $45.
    2003 Skewis Wines "Salzgeber-Chan Vineyard" Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $40.
    2003 Skewis Wines "Bush Vineyard" Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $42.
    2003 Skewis Wines "Montgomery Vineyard" Anderson Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $??.
    2004 Stephen Ross Wine Cellars "Bien Nacido Vineyard," Santa Maria Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $35.
    2004 Stephen Ross Wine Cellars Edna Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $28.
    2003 Tandem Winery "Van der Kamp Vineyard" Sonoma Mountain. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $48.
    2003 Tandem Winery "Auction Block," Sonoma Coast. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $54.
    2004 Tantara Winery "Bien Nacido Vineyard Old Vine," Santa Maria Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $45.
    2004 Tantara Winery "La Colline Vineyard" Arroyo Grande Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $45.
    2004 Tantara Winery "Rio Vista Vineyard," Santa Rita Hills. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $52.
    2004 Tantara Winery "Pisoni Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $60.
    1997 Tantara Winery (First bottling of Pinot Noir). Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $n/a.
    2004 Tantara Winery "Silacci Vineyard," Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $??.
    2004 Tudor Wines Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $39.
    2004 Vision Cellars "Cole Ranch". Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $65.
    2003 Woodenhead "Wiley Vineyard," Anderson Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $45.
    2004 Woodenhead "Buena Tierra Vineyard," Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $46.
    2003 Domaine Serene "Evenstead Reserve," Willamette Valley, Oregon. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $52
    2003 Chehalem "Reserve," Willamette Valley, Oregon. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: $60

    2005 A.P. VIN Rosella's Vineyard (Barrel Sample), Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9. Cost: $46.
    2004 Ancien Wines, Russian River Valley. Score: 9. Cost: $38.
    2004 Ancien Wines "Fiddlestix Vineyard", Santa Rita Hills. Score: 9. Cost: $48.
    2004 Ancien Wines "Red Dog Vineyard," Sonoma Mountain. Score: 9. Cost: $42.
    2003 Anne Amie Vineyards "La Colina Vineyard," Willamette Valley, Oregon. Score: 9. Cost: $45.
    2000 Arcadian Winery "Rio Vista Vineyard". Score: 9. Cost: $55.
    2004 Arista Winery, Russian River Valley. Score: 9. Cost: $28.
    2005 August West "Rosella's Vineyard," Santa Lucia Highlands (Barrel Sample). Score: 9. Cost: $45.
    2004 Auteur "Hyland Vineyard," Willamette Valley, Oregon. Score: 9. Cost: $45.
    2003 Bernardus Vineyards and Winery "Rosella's Vineyard," Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9. Cost: $50.
    2004 Bernardus Vineyards and Winery "Rosella's Vineyard," Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9. Cost: $50.
    2004 Bernardus Vineyards and Winery "Ingrio's Estate Vineyard" Carmel Valley. Score: 9. Cost: $75.
    2004 Calera Wine Company Central Coast. Score: 9. Cost: $22.
    2004 Clos Saron "Home Vineyard," Sierra Foothills. Score: 9. Cost: $45.
    1999 Clos Saron "Estate Vineyard," Sierra Foothills. Score: 9. Cost: $45.
    2004 Copain Wine Cellars "Kiser Vineyard En Haut". Score: 9. Cost: $50.
    2004 Failla Winery "Hirsch Vineyard," Sonoma Coast. Score: 9. Cost: $48.
    2004 Freeman Russian River Valley. Score: 9. Cost: $35.
    2004 Hamel Wines "Campbell Ranch Annapolis", Sonoma Coast. Score: 9. Cost: $30.
    2004 Handley Cellars Anderson Valley. Score: 9. Cost: $28.
    2004 Hirsch Vineyard and Winery, "Hirsch Vineyards," Sonoma Coast. Score: 9. Cost: $60.
    2004 Hitching Post Wines "Santa Rita Earth," Santa Rita Hills. Score: 9. Cost: $35.
    2004 Hitching Post Wines "Fiddlestix," Santa Rita Hills. Score: 9. Cost: $50.
    2004 Hitching Post Wines "Highliner," Santa Barbara County. Score: 9. Cost: $40.
    2004 J. Wilkes "Bien Nacido Vineyards Block Q," Santa Maria Valley. Score: 9. Cost: $??.
    2004 J. Wilkes "Bien Nacido Vineyards" Pinot Blanc, Santa Maria Valley. Score: 9. Cost: $18.
    2003 Joseph Swan Vineyards "Saralee's Vineyard," Russian River Valley. Score: 9. Cost: $30.
    2003 Keller Estate "La Cruz Vineyard," Sonoma Coast. Score: 9. Cost: $.
    2004 Keller Estate "La Cruz Vineyard," Sonoma Coast. Score: 9. Cost: $.
    2005 Kosta Browne "Rosella's Vineyard," Santa Lucia Highlands (barrel sample). Score: 9. Cost: $.
    2005 Loring Wine Company "Keefer Ranch Vineyard," Russian River Valley (Barrel Sample). Score: 9. Cost: $48.
    2004 Denis Mortet "Mes Cinq Terroirs" Gevrey-Chambertin, Burgundy, France. Score: 9. Cost: $75.
    2003 Michel Gay Chorey-les-Beaune, Burgundy, France. Score: 9. Cost: $30.
    2003 Miller Wine Works "Hellenthal Vineyard". Score: 9. Cost: $33.
    2004 Morgan Winery "Rosella's Vineyard," Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9. Cost: $50.
    2002 Mueller Winery "Emily's Cuvee," Russian River Valley. Score: 9. Cost: $38.
    2005 Nicholson Ranch Rose of Pinot Noir. Score: 9. Cost: $??.
    2003 Nicholson Ranch "Cactus Hill Reserve". Score: 9. Cost: $45.
    2005 Olson Ogden Wines Russian River Valley. Score: 9. Cost: $35.
    2003 Patz & Hall Wine Company "Alder Springs," Mendocino. Score: 9. Cost: $50.
    2004 Pey-Marin Vineyards "Trois Filles," Marin County. Score: 9. Cost: $36.
    2004 Cargasacchi Santa Barbara County. Score: 9. Cost: $44.
    2004 Porter Creek Vineyards "Fiona Hill Vineyard" Russian River Valley. Score: 9. Cost: $34.
    2004 Roessler Cellars "Sanford & Benedict Vineyard," Santa Rita Hills. Score: 9. Cost: $46.
    2004 Roessler Cellars "La Brisa," Sonoma Coast. Score: 9. Cost: $28.
    2003 Roessler Cellars "Savoy Vineyard," Anderson Valley. Score: 9. Cost: $42.
    2003 Saintsbury "Brown Ranch Estate Bottled," Carneros. Score: 9. Cost: $60.
    2004 Saintsbury Toyon Farm," Carneros. Score: 9. Cost: $45.
    2004 Siduri Wines "Van Der Kamp Vineyard" Sonoma Mountain. Score: 9. Cost: $45.
    2005 Siduri Wines "Shaw Mountain Vineyard". Score: 9. Cost: $39.
    2003 Skewis Wines "Demuth Vineyard," Anderson Valley. Score: 9. Cost: $35.
    2003 Skewis Wines "Floodgate Vineyard," Anderson Valley. Score: 9. Cost: $??.
    2004 Sonnet "Tondre's Grapefield," Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9. Cost: $36.
    2003 Tandem Winery "Sangiacomo Vineyard". Score: 9. Cost: $38.
    2004 Testarossa Vineyards "Palazzio". Score: 9. Cost: $34.
    2004 Testarossa Vineyards "Bien Nacido Vineyard," Santa Maria Valley. Score: 9. Cost: $54.
    2003 Tolosa Winery Estate. Score: 9. Cost: $28.
    2003 Tolosa Winery "1772 Barrel Select". Score: 9. Cost: $52.
    2004 Vision Cellars "Rosella's Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9. Cost: $50.
    2004 Vision Cellars Sonoma County. Score: 9. Cost: $28.
    2004 Windy Oaks Estate "Diane's Block" Santa Cruz Mountains. Score: 9. Cost: $37.
    2004 Windy Oaks Estate "Estate Cuvee" Santa Cruz Mountains. Score: 9. Cost: $22.
    2001 Bethel Heights "Nysa Vineyard," Willamette Valley, Oregon. Score: 9. Cost: $30
    2004 Elk Cove "Wind Hill Vineyard," Willamette Valley, Oregon. Score: 9. Cost: $36
    2003 Patton Vineyards "Estate," Willamette Valley, Oregon. Score: 9. Cost: $30
    2002 Lange "Cancilla Vineyard," Willamette Valley, Oregon. Score: 9. Cost: $60
    2003 Bercher "Barrique Reserve," Germany. Score: 9. Cost: $38

    2004 Ancien Wines, Carneros. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $34.
    2001 Arcadian Winery "Gary's Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $55.
    2005 August West "Graham Family Vineyard". Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $42.
    2004 Bernardus Vineyards and Winery "Bien Nacido Vineyard," Santa Maria Valley. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $34.
    1999 Clos Saron "Texas Hill Vineyard," Sierra Foothills. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $45.
    2004 Copain Wine Cellars "Hein Vineyard". Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $50.
    2004 Costa de Oro Winery Estate "Gold Coast Vyd," Santa Maria Valley. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $24.
    2003 Fiddlehead Cellars "Seven Twenty Eight," Santa Rita Hills. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $38.
    2004 Freeman Sonoma Coast. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $35.
    2003 Handley Cellars Anderson Valley. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $28.
    2003 Hartford Family Winery "Seascape Vineyard," Sonoma Coast. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $60.
    2004 Hitching Post Wines "Cork Dancer". Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $26.
    2004 Inman Family Wines "Olivet Grange Vineyard," Russian River Valley. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $42.
    2002 Joseph Swan Vineyards "Trenton Estate Vineyard," Russian River Valley. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $45.
    2003 Joseph Swan Vineyards "Trenton Estate Vineyard," Russian River Valley. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $45.
    2005 La Rochelle Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $44.
    2004 Londer Vineyards "Estate Grown". Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $46.
    2004 Londer Vineyards "Paraboll". Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $52.
    1999 Leroy "Les Serpentieres" 1er Cru, Savigny-les-Beaune, Burgundy, France. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $93.
    2004 Melville "Terraces". Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $52.
    2002 Miller Wine Works "Hellenthal Vineyard". Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $32.
    2004 Morgan Winery "Twelve Clones," Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $32.
    2003 Mueller Winery "Emily's Cuvee," Russian River Valley. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $38.
    2003 Nicholson Ranch Sonoma Coast. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $??.
    2004 Nicholson Ranch "Estate". Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $32.
    2005 Cargasacchi Santa Barbara County. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $44.
    2004 Roessler Cellars "Griffins Lair Vineyard," Sonoma Coast. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $45.
    2004 Saintsbury "Stanly Ranch," Carneros. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $45.
    2004 Sojourn Cellars "Sangiacomo Vineyard," Sonoma Coast. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $42.
    2004 Stephen Ross Wine Cellars "Aubaine Vineyards". Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $40.
    2004 Tandem Winery "Keefer Vineyard," Green Valley. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $42.
    2003 Thomas Fogarty Winery "Rapley Trail Vineyard - Block B" Santa Cruz Mountains. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $65.
    2004 Tudor Wines "Radog". Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $22.
    2004 Ponzi Willamette Valley, Oregon. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $32
    2003 Dr. Heyden "Estate Reserve," Rheinhessen, Germany. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: $30

    2002 Arcadian Winery "Fiddlestix Vineyard". Score: 8.5. Cost: $45.
    2004 Aubin Cellars" Verve," Russian River Valley. Score: 8.5. Cost: $30.
    2004 Aubin Cellars "Verve," Sonoma Coast. Score: 8.5. Cost: $24.
    2004 Beauregard Vineyards "Trout Gulch Vineyards," Santa Cruz Mountains. Score: 8.5. Cost: $45.
    2003 Bernardus Vineyards and Winery "Bien Nacido Vineyard," Santa Maria Valley. Score: 8.5. Cost: $34.
    2003 Donum Estate Carneros. Score: 8.5. Cost: $60.
    2002 Fiddlehead Cellars "Lollapalooza," Santa Rita Hills. Score: 8.5. Cost: $58.
    2004 Hartford Family Winery Sonoma Coast. Score: 8.5. Cost: $35.
    2004 Hug Cellars "Rancho Ontiveros Vineyard," Santa Maria Valley. Score: 8.5. Cost: $43.
    2001 Joseph Swan Vineyards "Trenton Estate Vineyard," Russian River Valley. Score: 8.5. Cost: $45.
    2004 La Rochelle Winery "San Vicente". Score: 8.5. Cost: $38.
    2004 Londer Vineyards Anderson Valley. Score: 8.5. Cost: $30.
    2004 Londer Vineyards "Keefer Ranch," Green Valley. Score: 8.5. Cost: $42.
    2004 MacRostie Winery Carneros. Score: 8.5. Cost: $28.
    2004 Danjean-Berthoux "Clos de Cras Long" 1er Cru Givry Rouge, Burgundy, France. Score: 8.5. Cost: $24.
    2004 Melville "Estate". Score: 8.5. Cost: $28.
    2004 Miller Wine Works "Kendric Vineyard". Score: 8.5. Cost: $35.
    2004 Moshin Vineyards Russian River Valley. Score: 8.5. Cost: $28.
    2005 Sojourn Cellars "Sangiacomo Vineyard," Sonoma Coast. Score: 8.5. Cost: $42.
    2004 Testarossa Vineyards "La Cruz Vineyard" Sonoma Coast. Score: 8.5. Cost: $54.
    2004 Klaus Moliter Pinot Noir, Rhinegau, Germany. Score: 8.5. Cost: $21

    2004 Clary Ranch Wines, Sonoma Coast. Score: 8/8.5. Cost: $50.
    2003 Robert Stemmler (Donum Estate) "Nugent Vineyard," Russian River Valley. Score: 8/8.5. Cost: $40.
    2004 Hagafen Cellars "Estate Bottled" Napa Valley. Score: 8/8.5. Cost: $32.
    2004 Hug Cellars "Orchid Hill Vineyard," Paso Robles. Score: 8/8.5. Cost: $27.
    2005 La Rochelle Winery Rose of Pinot Noir. Score: 8/8.5. Cost: $18.
    2004 Laetitia Winery "La Colline Vineyard". Score: 8/8.5. Cost: $60.
    2004 MacMurray Ranch Sonoma Coast. Score: 8/8.5. Cost: $20.
    2004 MacMurray Ranch Russian River Valley. Score: 8/8.5. Cost: $35.
    2004 Kooyong Massale, Australia. Score: 8/8.5. Cost: $26.
    2004 Sonnet "Kruse Vineyard," York Mountain. Score: 8/8.5. Cost: $36.
    2003 Thomas Fogarty Winery "Rapley Trail Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains. Score: 8/8.5. Cost: $50.
    2005 Tolosa Winery Central Coast. Score: 8/8.5. Cost: $18.
    2004 Vision Cellars "Garys' Vineyard," Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 8/8.5. Cost: $48.

    2002 Arcadian Winery "Sleepy Hollow Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 8. Cost: $45.
    2004 Hope & Grace Wines "Sleepy Hollow Vineyards," Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 8. Cost: $??.
    2005 Laetitia Winery "Estate". Score: 8. Cost: $22.
    2004 Laetitia Winery "Les Gulets Vineyard". Score: 8. Cost: $60.
    2003 Thomas Fogarty Winery "Rapley Trail Vineyard - Block M" Santa Cruz Mountains. Score: 8. Cost: $65.

    2003 Bink Wines "Weir Vineyard," Yorkville Highlands. Score: 7.5/8. Cost: $40.

  • Average price of the 200-some wines I tasted on Sunday: \$43\n\n
  • Median price of the 200-some wines I tasted on Sunday: \$45\n\n
  • Average price of the wines I rated 9/9.5 and above: \$46\n\n
  • Of all the 200+ wines I tasted the number that were UNDER \$30 per bottle: 24\n\n
  • The number that were over \$50 per bottle: 53\n\nOf course, my intent here is not to bash anyone. It's just a fact of the market. But it certainly makes it tough to be a Pinot lover with a budget. Heck, Pinot Noir might even be a good investment!\n\nFor those who are price conscious, I've pulled out the wines that I think are the best values in my scores below.\n\nIf there is one important take-away from this grand tasting, which looks to be getting grander every year, it is that there is more good Pinot Noir being made in California than ever before, and it continues to rise in both quality and diversity. Miles would be pleased.\n\n\nTASTING NOTES:\nNote that unless otherwise specified, the wines are all Pinot Noir from California. I have noted the subappellation wherever possible. Some prices I simply forgot to ask, others have not yet been determined by the wineries.\n\nFinally, since I seemed to get asked every time, this represents most of the wines I tasted (i've left off a few wines that would have fallen off the bottom of this list), but despite tasting over two hundred wines, I got to only about half of the wines that were probably there. I can't get to everyone so I'm sorry if I missed your table (if you're a winemaker) or your favorite producer (if you're a regular reader).\n\n\nTOP VALUES:\n2004 Calera Wine Company Central Coast. Score: 9. Cost: \$22.\n2004 Windy Oaks Estate \"Estate Cuvee\" Santa Cruz Mountains. Score: 9. Cost: \$22.\n2004 Hitching Post Wines \"Cork Dancer\". Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$26.\n2004 Costa de Oro Winery Estate \"Gold Coast Vyd,\" Santa Maria Valley. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$24.\n2004 Tudor Wines \"Radog\". Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$22.\n2004 Aubin Cellars \"Verve,\" Sonoma Coast. Score: 8.5. Cost: \$24.\n\n\nALL WINES:\n\n2003 Anne Amie Vineyards \"Yamhill Springs Vineyard,\" Willamette Valley, Oregon. Score: 9.5. Cost: \$45.\n2002 Calera Wine Company \"Jensen Vineyard\" Mt. Harlan. Score: 9.5. Cost: \$53.\n2001 Calera Wine Company \"Mills Vineyard\" Mt. Harlan. Score: 9.5. Cost: \$40.\n2004 Chasseur Wines \"Freestone Station Vineyard\" Russian River Valley. Score: 9.5. Cost: \$55.\n2004 Chasseur Wines \"Joyce's Vineyard\" Sonoma Coast. Score: 9.5. Cost: \$55.\n2003 Clos Saron \"Home Vineyard,\" Sierra Foothills. Score: 9.5. Cost: \$45.\n2003 Copeland Creek Estate, Sonoma Coast. Score: 9.5. Cost: \$??.\n2002 Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery \"Fort Ross Vineyard Reserve,\" Sonoma Coast. Score: 9.5. Cost: \$49.\n2002 Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery \"Symposium\" Sonoma Coast. Score: 9.5. Cost: \$37.\n2003 Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery Pinotage, Sonoma Coast. Score: 9.5. Cost: \$37.\n2004 J. Wilkes \"Bien Nacido Vineyards Hillside\" Santa Maria Valley. Score: 9.5. Cost: \$38.\n2004 Martinelli Winery \"Bondi Home Ranch\" Russian River Valley. Score: 9.5. Cost: \$50.\n2004 Native9 Wine \"Rancho Ontiveros Vineyard,\" Santa Maria Valley. Score: 9.5. Cost: \$48.\n2004 Papapietro Perry Winery \"100% Pommard,\" Sonoma Coast. Score: 9.5. Cost: \$45.\n2004 Sea Smoke Cellars \"Southing\". Score: 9.5. Cost: \$50.\n2005 Siduri Wines \"Ewald Vinyard\". Score: 9.5. Cost: \$45.\n2005 Siduri Wines \"Pisoni Vineyard,\" Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9.5. Cost: \$45.\n2005 Siduri Wines \"Clos Pepe Vineyard\". Score: 9.5. Cost: \$45.\n2003 Tandem Winery \"Silver Pines Vineyard,\" Sonoma Mountain. Score: 9.5. Cost: \$54.\n2004 Tantara Winery \"Brosseau Vineyard,\" Chalone AVA. Score: 9.5. Cost: \$52.\n2003 Windy Oaks \"Estate Reserve,\" Santa Cruz Mountains. Score: 9.5. Cost: \$42.\n2004 Woodenhead Russian River Valley. Score: 9.5. Cost: \$35.\n2004 Woodenhead \"Wiley Vineyard,\" Anderson Valley. Score: 9.5. Cost: \$46.\n2004 Woodenhead \"Morning Dew Ranch,\" Anderson Valley. Score: 9.5. Cost: \$46.\n\n2005 A.P. VIN Garys' Vineyard (barrel Sample), Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$46.\n2005 A.P. VIN Keefer Ranch Vineyard (Barrel Sample), Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$46.\n2003 Anne Amie Vineyards \"Hawk's View Vineyard,\" Willamette Valley, Oregon. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$45.\n2003 Anne Amie Vineyards \"Laurel Vineyard,\" Willamette Valley, Oregon. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$45.\n2004 Arista Winery \"Longbow\" - Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$38.\n2002 Calera Wine Company \"Reed Vineyard,\" Mt. Harlan. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$48.\n2003 Calera Wine Company \"Ryan Vineyard\" Mt. Harlan. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$40.\n2004 Chasseur Wines \"Sylvia's Vineyard\" Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$55.\n2005 Clos Saron \"Home Vineyard,\" Sierra Foothills (barrel sample). Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$45.\n2004 Copain Wine Cellars \"Kiser Vineyard En Bas\". Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$50.\n2002 Davis Bynum Winery \"Lindley's Knoll Vineyard\". Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$55.\n2003 Davis Bynum Winery \"Lindley's Knoll Vineyard\". Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$60.\n2004 Eno Wines \"Fairview Road Ranch Vineyard,\" Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$35.\n2005 Eno Wines \"Fairview Road Ranch Vineyard,\" Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$35.\n2004 Failla Winery \"Keefer Ranch,\" Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$42.\n2003 Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery \"Fort Ross Vineyard,\" Sonoma Coast. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$37.\n2004 Freeman \"Keefer Ranch\" Green Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$45.\n2004 Freeman \"Akiko's Cuvee\". Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$48.\n2004 Halleck Vineyard \"Three Sons Cuvee,\" Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$38.\n2003 Hamel Wines \"Campbell Ranch Annapolis\", Sonoma Coast. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$28.\n2004 Holdredge Wines Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$32.\n2004 Holdredge Wines \"Wren Hop Vineyard,\" Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$38.\n2003 Inman Family Wines \"Olivet Grange Vineyard,\" Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$45.\n2005 Inman Family Wines Russian River Valley Pinot Gris. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$25.\n2003 J. Wilkes \"Bien Nacido Vineyards Block Q,\" Santa Maria Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$48.\n2004 J. Wilkes \"Solomon Hills Vineyard\". Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$38.\n2005 Kosta Browne \"Koplen Vineyard\" (barrel sample). Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$??.\n2005 Kosta Browne \"Garys' Vineyard,\" Santa Lucia Highlands (barrel sample). Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$??.\n2005 Kosta Browne \"Keefer Ranch,\" Green Valley (barrel sample). Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$??.\n2005 Jamie Kutch Wines (barrel sample). Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$??.\n2005 Loring Wine Company \"Clos Pepe Vineyard,\" Santa Rita Hills (barrel sample). Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$48.\n2005 Loring Wine Company \"Garys' Vineyard,\" Santa Lucia Highlands (barrel sample). Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$48.\n2004 MacRostie Winery \"Wildcat Mountain Vineyard,\" Sonoma Coast. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$40.\n2004 Martinelli Winery \"Zig Tony\", Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$50.\n2004 Melville \"Carries\". Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$52.\n2004 Morgan Winery \"Double L Vineyard,\" Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$55.\n2004 Morgan Winery \"Garys' Vineyard,\" Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$50.\n2004 Papapietro Perry Winery Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$39.\n2004 Papapietro Perry Winery \"Peters Vineayard,\" Sonoma Coast. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$45.\n2004 Porter Creek Vineyards \"Reserve\" Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$60.\n2004 Porter Creek Vineyards \"Hillside Vineyard\" Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$60.\n2004 Roessler Cellars \"Kanzler Vineyard,\" Sonoma Coast. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$45.\n2004 Saintsbury \"Lee Vineyard,\" Carneros. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$45.\n2004 Siduri Wines \"Olivet Grange Vineyard,\" Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$45.\n2003 Skewis Wines \"Salzgeber-Chan Vineyard\" Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$40.\n2003 Skewis Wines \"Bush Vineyard\" Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$42.\n2003 Skewis Wines \"Montgomery Vineyard\" Anderson Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$??.\n2004 Stephen Ross Wine Cellars \"Bien Nacido Vineyard,\" Santa Maria Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$35.\n2004 Stephen Ross Wine Cellars Edna Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$28.\n2003 Tandem Winery \"Van der Kamp Vineyard\" Sonoma Mountain. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$48.\n2003 Tandem Winery \"Auction Block,\" Sonoma Coast. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$54.\n2004 Tantara Winery \"Bien Nacido Vineyard Old Vine,\" Santa Maria Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$45.\n2004 Tantara Winery \"La Colline Vineyard\" Arroyo Grande Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$45.\n2004 Tantara Winery \"Rio Vista Vineyard,\" Santa Rita Hills. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$52.\n2004 Tantara Winery \"Pisoni Vineyard\" Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$60.\n1997 Tantara Winery (First bottling of Pinot Noir). Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$n/a.\n2004 Tantara Winery \"Silacci Vineyard,\" Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$??.\n2004 Tudor Wines Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$39.\n2004 Vision Cellars \"Cole Ranch\". Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$65.\n2003 Woodenhead \"Wiley Vineyard,\" Anderson Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$45.\n2004 Woodenhead \"Buena Tierra Vineyard,\" Russian River Valley. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$46.\n2003 Domaine Serene \"Evenstead Reserve,\" Willamette Valley, Oregon. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$52\t\n2003 Chehalem \"Reserve,\" Willamette Valley, Oregon. Score: 9/9.5. Cost: \$60\t\n\n2005 A.P. VIN Rosella's Vineyard (Barrel Sample), Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9. Cost: \$46.\n2004 Ancien Wines, Russian River Valley. Score: 9. Cost: \$38.\n2004 Ancien Wines \"Fiddlestix Vineyard\", Santa Rita Hills. Score: 9. Cost: \$48.\n2004 Ancien Wines \"Red Dog Vineyard,\" Sonoma Mountain. Score: 9. Cost: \$42.\n2003 Anne Amie Vineyards \"La Colina Vineyard,\" Willamette Valley, Oregon. Score: 9. Cost: \$45.\n2000 Arcadian Winery \"Rio Vista Vineyard\". Score: 9. Cost: \$55.\n2004 Arista Winery, Russian River Valley. Score: 9. Cost: \$28.\n2005 August West \"Rosella's Vineyard,\" Santa Lucia Highlands (Barrel Sample). Score: 9. Cost: \$45.\n2004 Auteur \"Hyland Vineyard,\" Willamette Valley, Oregon. Score: 9. Cost: \$45.\n2003 Bernardus Vineyards and Winery \"Rosella's Vineyard,\" Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9. Cost: \$50.\n2004 Bernardus Vineyards and Winery \"Rosella's Vineyard,\" Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9. Cost: \$50.\n2004 Bernardus Vineyards and Winery \"Ingrio's Estate Vineyard\" Carmel Valley. Score: 9. Cost: \$75.\n2004 Calera Wine Company Central Coast. Score: 9. Cost: \$22.\n2004 Clos Saron \"Home Vineyard,\" Sierra Foothills. Score: 9. Cost: \$45.\n1999 Clos Saron \"Estate Vineyard,\" Sierra Foothills. Score: 9. Cost: \$45.\n2004 Copain Wine Cellars \"Kiser Vineyard En Haut\". Score: 9. Cost: \$50.\n2004 Failla Winery \"Hirsch Vineyard,\" Sonoma Coast. Score: 9. Cost: \$48.\n2004 Freeman Russian River Valley. Score: 9. Cost: \$35.\n2004 Hamel Wines \"Campbell Ranch Annapolis\", Sonoma Coast. Score: 9. Cost: \$30.\n2004 Handley Cellars Anderson Valley. Score: 9. Cost: \$28.\n2004 Hirsch Vineyard and Winery, \"Hirsch Vineyards,\" Sonoma Coast. Score: 9. Cost: \$60.\n2004 Hitching Post Wines \"Santa Rita Earth,\" Santa Rita Hills. Score: 9. Cost: \$35.\n2004 Hitching Post Wines \"Fiddlestix,\" Santa Rita Hills. Score: 9. Cost: \$50.\n2004 Hitching Post Wines \"Highliner,\" Santa Barbara County. Score: 9. Cost: \$40.\n2004 J. Wilkes \"Bien Nacido Vineyards Block Q,\" Santa Maria Valley. Score: 9. Cost: \$??.\n2004 J. Wilkes \"Bien Nacido Vineyards\" Pinot Blanc, Santa Maria Valley. Score: 9. Cost: \$18.\n2003 Joseph Swan Vineyards \"Saralee's Vineyard,\" Russian River Valley. Score: 9. Cost: \$30.\n2003 Keller Estate \"La Cruz Vineyard,\" Sonoma Coast. Score: 9. Cost: \$.\n2004 Keller Estate \"La Cruz Vineyard,\" Sonoma Coast. Score: 9. Cost: \$.\n2005 Kosta Browne \"Rosella's Vineyard,\" Santa Lucia Highlands (barrel sample). Score: 9. Cost: \$.\n2005 Loring Wine Company \"Keefer Ranch Vineyard,\" Russian River Valley (Barrel Sample). Score: 9. Cost: \$48.\n2004 Denis Mortet \"Mes Cinq Terroirs\" Gevrey-Chambertin, Burgundy, France. Score: 9. Cost: \$75.\n2003 Michel Gay Chorey-les-Beaune, Burgundy, France. Score: 9. Cost: \$30.\n2003 Miller Wine Works \"Hellenthal Vineyard\". Score: 9. Cost: \$33.\n2004 Morgan Winery \"Rosella's Vineyard,\" Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9. Cost: \$50.\n2002 Mueller Winery \"Emily's Cuvee,\" Russian River Valley. Score: 9. Cost: \$38.\n2005 Nicholson Ranch Rose of Pinot Noir. Score: 9. Cost: \$??.\n2003 Nicholson Ranch \"Cactus Hill Reserve\". Score: 9. Cost: \$45.\n2005 Olson Ogden Wines Russian River Valley. Score: 9. Cost: \$35.\n2003 Patz & Hall Wine Company \"Alder Springs,\" Mendocino. Score: 9. Cost: \$50.\n2004 Pey-Marin Vineyards \"Trois Filles,\" Marin County. Score: 9. Cost: \$36.\n2004 Cargasacchi Santa Barbara County. Score: 9. Cost: \$44.\n2004 Porter Creek Vineyards \"Fiona Hill Vineyard\" Russian River Valley. Score: 9. Cost: \$34.\n2004 Roessler Cellars \"Sanford & Benedict Vineyard,\" Santa Rita Hills. Score: 9. Cost: \$46.\n2004 Roessler Cellars \"La Brisa,\" Sonoma Coast. Score: 9. Cost: \$28.\n2003 Roessler Cellars \"Savoy Vineyard,\" Anderson Valley. Score: 9. Cost: \$42.\n2003 Saintsbury \"Brown Ranch Estate Bottled,\" Carneros. Score: 9. Cost: \$60.\n2004 Saintsbury Toyon Farm,\" Carneros. Score: 9. Cost: \$45.\n2004 Siduri Wines \"Van Der Kamp Vineyard\" Sonoma Mountain. Score: 9. Cost: \$45.\n2005 Siduri Wines \"Shaw Mountain Vineyard\". Score: 9. Cost: \$39.\n2003 Skewis Wines \"Demuth Vineyard,\" Anderson Valley. Score: 9. Cost: \$35.\n2003 Skewis Wines \"Floodgate Vineyard,\" Anderson Valley. Score: 9. Cost: \$??.\n2004 Sonnet \"Tondre's Grapefield,\" Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9. Cost: \$36.\n2003 Tandem Winery \"Sangiacomo Vineyard\". Score: 9. Cost: \$38.\n2004 Testarossa Vineyards \"Palazzio\". Score: 9. Cost: \$34.\n2004 Testarossa Vineyards \"Bien Nacido Vineyard,\" Santa Maria Valley. Score: 9. Cost: \$54.\n2003 Tolosa Winery Estate. Score: 9. Cost: \$28.\n2003 Tolosa Winery \"1772 Barrel Select\". Score: 9. Cost: \$52.\n2004 Vision Cellars \"Rosella's Vineyard\" Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 9. Cost: \$50.\n2004 Vision Cellars Sonoma County. Score: 9. Cost: \$28.\n2004 Windy Oaks Estate \"Diane's Block\" Santa Cruz Mountains. Score: 9. Cost: \$37.\n2004 Windy Oaks Estate \"Estate Cuvee\" Santa Cruz Mountains. Score: 9. Cost: \$22.\n2001 Bethel Heights \"Nysa Vineyard,\" Willamette Valley, Oregon. Score: 9. Cost: \$30\t\n2004 Elk Cove \"Wind Hill Vineyard,\" Willamette Valley, Oregon. Score: 9. Cost: \$36\t\n2003 Patton Vineyards \"Estate,\" Willamette Valley, Oregon. Score: 9. Cost: \$30\t\n2002 Lange \"Cancilla Vineyard,\" Willamette Valley, Oregon. Score: 9. Cost: \$60\t\n2003 Bercher \"Barrique Reserve,\" Germany. Score: 9. Cost: \$38\n\n2004 Ancien Wines, Carneros. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$34.\n2001 Arcadian Winery \"Gary's Vineyard\" Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$55.\n2005 August West \"Graham Family Vineyard\". Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$42.\n2004 Bernardus Vineyards and Winery \"Bien Nacido Vineyard,\" Santa Maria Valley. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$34.\n1999 Clos Saron \"Texas Hill Vineyard,\" Sierra Foothills. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$45.\n2004 Copain Wine Cellars \"Hein Vineyard\". Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$50.\n2004 Costa de Oro Winery Estate \"Gold Coast Vyd,\" Santa Maria Valley. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$24.\n2003 Fiddlehead Cellars \"Seven Twenty Eight,\" Santa Rita Hills. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$38.\n2004 Freeman Sonoma Coast. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$35.\n2003 Handley Cellars Anderson Valley. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$28.\n2003 Hartford Family Winery \"Seascape Vineyard,\" Sonoma Coast. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$60.\n2004 Hitching Post Wines \"Cork Dancer\". Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$26.\n2004 Inman Family Wines \"Olivet Grange Vineyard,\" Russian River Valley. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$42.\n2002 Joseph Swan Vineyards \"Trenton Estate Vineyard,\" Russian River Valley. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$45.\n2003 Joseph Swan Vineyards \"Trenton Estate Vineyard,\" Russian River Valley. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$45.\n2005 La Rochelle Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$44.\n2004 Londer Vineyards \"Estate Grown\". Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$46.\n2004 Londer Vineyards \"Paraboll\". Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$52.\n1999 Leroy \"Les Serpentieres\" 1er Cru, Savigny-les-Beaune, Burgundy, France. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$93.\n2004 Melville \"Terraces\". Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$52.\n2002 Miller Wine Works \"Hellenthal Vineyard\". Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$32.\n2004 Morgan Winery \"Twelve Clones,\" Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$32.\n2003 Mueller Winery \"Emily's Cuvee,\" Russian River Valley. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$38.\n2003 Nicholson Ranch Sonoma Coast. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$??.\n2004 Nicholson Ranch \"Estate\". Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$32.\n2005 Cargasacchi Santa Barbara County. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$44.\n2004 Roessler Cellars \"Griffins Lair Vineyard,\" Sonoma Coast. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$45.\n2004 Saintsbury \"Stanly Ranch,\" Carneros. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$45.\n2004 Sojourn Cellars \"Sangiacomo Vineyard,\" Sonoma Coast. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$42.\n2004 Stephen Ross Wine Cellars \"Aubaine Vineyards\". Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$40.\n2004 Tandem Winery \"Keefer Vineyard,\" Green Valley. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$42.\n2003 Thomas Fogarty Winery \"Rapley Trail Vineyard - Block B\" Santa Cruz Mountains. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$65.\n2004 Tudor Wines \"Radog\". Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$22.\n2004 Ponzi Willamette Valley, Oregon. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$32\t\n2003 Dr. Heyden \"Estate Reserve,\" Rheinhessen, Germany. Score: 8.5/9. Cost: \$30\n\n2002 Arcadian Winery \"Fiddlestix Vineyard\". Score: 8.5. Cost: \$45.\n2004 Aubin Cellars\" Verve,\" Russian River Valley. Score: 8.5. Cost: \$30.\n2004 Aubin Cellars \"Verve,\" Sonoma Coast. Score: 8.5. Cost: \$24.\n2004 Beauregard Vineyards \"Trout Gulch Vineyards,\" Santa Cruz Mountains. Score: 8.5. Cost: \$45.\n2003 Bernardus Vineyards and Winery \"Bien Nacido Vineyard,\" Santa Maria Valley. Score: 8.5. Cost: \$34.\n2003 Donum Estate Carneros. Score: 8.5. Cost: \$60.\n2002 Fiddlehead Cellars \"Lollapalooza,\" Santa Rita Hills. Score: 8.5. Cost: \$58.\n2004 Hartford Family Winery Sonoma Coast. Score: 8.5. Cost: \$35.\n2004 Hug Cellars \"Rancho Ontiveros Vineyard,\" Santa Maria Valley. Score: 8.5. Cost: \$43.\n2001 Joseph Swan Vineyards \"Trenton Estate Vineyard,\" Russian River Valley. Score: 8.5. Cost: \$45.\n2004 La Rochelle Winery \"San Vicente\". Score: 8.5. Cost: \$38.\n2004 Londer Vineyards Anderson Valley. Score: 8.5. Cost: \$30.\n2004 Londer Vineyards \"Keefer Ranch,\" Green Valley. Score: 8.5. Cost: \$42.\n2004 MacRostie Winery Carneros. Score: 8.5. Cost: \$28.\n2004 Danjean-Berthoux \"Clos de Cras Long\" 1er Cru Givry Rouge, Burgundy, France. Score: 8.5. Cost: \$24.\n2004 Melville \"Estate\". Score: 8.5. Cost: \$28.\n2004 Miller Wine Works \"Kendric Vineyard\". Score: 8.5. Cost: \$35.\n2004 Moshin Vineyards Russian River Valley. Score: 8.5. Cost: \$28.\n2005 Sojourn Cellars \"Sangiacomo Vineyard,\" Sonoma Coast. Score: 8.5. Cost: \$42.\n2004 Testarossa Vineyards \"La Cruz Vineyard\" Sonoma Coast. Score: 8.5. Cost: \$54.\n2004 Klaus Moliter Pinot Noir, Rhinegau, Germany. Score: 8.5. Cost: \$21\n\t\n2004 Clary Ranch Wines, Sonoma Coast. Score: 8/8.5. Cost: \$50.\n2003 Robert Stemmler (Donum Estate) \"Nugent Vineyard,\" Russian River Valley. Score: 8/8.5. Cost: \$40.\n2004 Hagafen Cellars \"Estate Bottled\" Napa Valley. Score: 8/8.5. Cost: \$32.\n2004 Hug Cellars \"Orchid Hill Vineyard,\" Paso Robles. Score: 8/8.5. Cost: \$27.\n2005 La Rochelle Winery Rose of Pinot Noir. Score: 8/8.5. Cost: \$18.\n2004 Laetitia Winery \"La Colline Vineyard\". Score: 8/8.5. Cost: \$60.\n2004 MacMurray Ranch Sonoma Coast. Score: 8/8.5. Cost: \$20.\n2004 MacMurray Ranch Russian River Valley. Score: 8/8.5. Cost: \$35.\n2004 Kooyong Massale, Australia. Score: 8/8.5. Cost: \$26.\n2004 Sonnet \"Kruse Vineyard,\" York Mountain. Score: 8/8.5. Cost: \$36.\n2003 Thomas Fogarty Winery \"Rapley Trail Vineyard\" Santa Cruz Mountains. Score: 8/8.5. Cost: \$50.\n2005 Tolosa Winery Central Coast. Score: 8/8.5. Cost: \$18.\n2004 Vision Cellars \"Garys' Vineyard,\" Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 8/8.5. Cost: \$48.\n\n2002 Arcadian Winery \"Sleepy Hollow Vineyard\" Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 8. Cost: \$45.\n2004 Hope & Grace Wines \"Sleepy Hollow Vineyards,\" Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 8. Cost: \$??.\n2005 Laetitia Winery \"Estate\". Score: 8. Cost: \$22.\n2004 Laetitia Winery \"Les Gulets Vineyard\". Score: 8. Cost: \$60.\n2003 Thomas Fogarty Winery \"Rapley Trail Vineyard - Block M\" Santa Cruz Mountains. Score: 8. Cost: \$65.\n\n2003 Bink Wines \"Weir Vineyard,\" Yorkville Highlands. Score: 7.5/8. Cost: \$40.
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