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Marin County Pinot Noir Reviews

Score: 91 | March 4, 2020 | Wine & Spirits

This grew at a vineyard in northern Marin, bordering the Petaluma Gap, where the fruit delivered a bright cherry-red pinot. The flavor deepens with air, the tannins taking the wine toward the savor of blueberry skins. The overall impression is light and delicate, a coastal red for roast fish. 

Score: 93 | May 31, 2019 | Wine Enthusiast

Delicious and exotic fruit flavors light up this elegant, concentrated wine. Rhubarb, black-cherry and spiced plum scents are followed by equally generous fruit flavors and deft touches of spicy oak that add nuances of baking spices and black tea.

Score: 90 | May 13, 2019 | Wine Spectator

Offers a velvety texture, with concentrated raspberry and dried cherry flavors that are matched to allspice accents. Notes of underbrush emerge on the long, rich finish. Drink now through 2023. 

Score: 90 | March 25, 2019 | Wine & Spirits

From four growers in Marin, including the Stubbs and Corda vineyards at the southern edge of Petaluma Gap, this has cool, taut flavors of strawberries and cranberries along with a salty, coastal impression of seagrass. That saltiness brings out a touch of bitterness in the oak; the wine could use some seared duck breast to fatten it up.

Score: Best of Marin County | April 16, 2018 | Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Gold, 91 pts

Score: Silver | November 21, 2017 | Grand Harvest Awards
Score: Best of Marin County AVA | April 14, 2017 | Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Gold Medal, 90 Points
Sexy; approachable.

Score: 90 | April 15, 2016 | Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Best of Marin 

Score: 89 | December 31, 2014 | Wine Spectator

Shows a dusty berry and cedary oak core, with firm and woodsy tannins, yet the fruit is intense and focused. Long, sleek and refined. -JL

Score: 98 | April 27, 2015 | Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Best of Class, Best of Marin County.
A Classy Pinot. A Stunner!

Score: Silver | March 5, 2015 | North of the Gate Wine Competition
Score: Silver | January 12, 2015 | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Score: 89 | May 1, 2014 | Wine Enthusiast
A young, structured Pinot Noir exuding tart red cherry and pomegranate, clearly grown in a cool climate in a cool year with an undertone of brushy herbes de Provence. The finish continues the theme of tartness and acidity, a willing partner for something unexpected like oysters or bacon-wrapped dates.
Score: Silver | February 6, 2014 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: 88 | July 1, 2013 | Wine Spectator
The aromas of ripe berry, cola, cedar and fresh earth are moderately rich, with a smoky edge, maintaining a delicate balance through the finish. Drink now through 2019. 592 cases made. –JL
Score: Best of Marin County | June 6, 2013 | 2013 North Coast Wine Challenge
Score: 90 | January 1, 2012 | Burghound
A perfumed, spicy and attractively elegant nose offers up a ripe combination of red and black cherries along with a hint of violets. The delicious, fresh and energetic middle weight flavors possess a beguiling mouth feel along with an agreeably dry and clean finish of impeccable balance. This offers excellent value.
Score: 88, Best Buy | December 1, 2011 | Wine & Spirits Magazine
Tart cranberry flavors darken into the finish of this wine. It ends on black fruit, lasting with the warmth of alcohol, leaving a firm impression as well as a note of oak. This needs a year or two in the cellar to evolve. *Best Buy
Score: 90 | November 1, 2011 | Wine Enthusiast
Displays the winery's house style of flashy, delicious fruit and early drinkability. Shows the brisk acidity of this cool coastal county, with a light, silky texture and penetrating flavors of raspberries, cherries, persimmons and the sweet, smoky oak of French barrels. -S.H.