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N°7 Pinot Noir Reviews

Score: 92 | May 4, 2020 | Wine Enthusiast

Fruity, dense and lush, this is a full-bodied, ripely textured wine that shows varietal earthiness and baking spice. Dark cherry, cola and lavender are lifted by a bite of acidity on the back palate, finishing in toasted vanilla.

Score: 94 | March 4, 2020 | Wine & Spirits

This blend focuses on heritage selections of pinot noir (Pommard, Swan, Calera) at vineyards in the Russian River Valley, Petaluma Gap and Carneros, some planted on sand, some on clay. They come together in a dynamic pinot noir, vibrating with complexity and lasting flavors. The oceanic freshness of fruit ranges from cranberry and strawberry to deeper plum flavors, their fragrance layered over a structure enriched by oak. The depth and length of flavor shares an energy that's present for days after the bottle is first opened, suggesting a long and gracious development ahead. 

Score: 93 | May 13, 2019 | Wine Spectator

Ripe and powerful, featuring flavors of dark plum, currant and black olive that are loaded with Asian spice notes. Hints of chocolate and cream emerge on the richly textured finish, with steeped tea details. Drink now through 2024. 

Score: 93+ | April 30, 2019 | Wine Advocate

Medium to deep ruby-purple in color, the 2016 Pinot Noir No. 7 opens with aromas of warm red berry preserves, pink peppercorn, pipe tobacco, smoke and charcuterie—very pretty and very savory! Medium to full-bodied, it offers intense red and black fruits in the mouth wrapped in savory layers, with very fine, firm, grainy tannins and a concentrated finish.

Score: Double Gold | January 30, 2019 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: 90 | November 1, 2018 | Wine Enthusiast

Sweet rose petal opens the nose of this intensely ripe wine, seductive in layers of soft integrated oak and tannin. The flavors veer into strawberry, cherry and orange, with an underlying brightness that helps balance out the bold. 

Score: 91 | April 27, 2018 | Wine Advocate

The 2015 Pinot Noir No. 7 is medium ruby-purple in color with a fragrant nose of violets, black raspberries and black cherries with touches of chocolate box, cedar chest and black tea. The palate is medium to full-bodied with plenty of savory-laced black berry flavors and a chewy frame, finishing on a dried herbs note.

Score: 91 | April 18, 2018 | Wine & Spirits

Though the broad, soft structure of this wine doesn’t feel particularly coastal, there’s coolness to the fruit and salinity that makes the connection. At first, this is more about sweet fruit than mineral depths, but the structure builds more edgy power with air. Decant it and you’ll have a luscious, salty red for a spicy pork braise.

Score: 93 | May 24, 2017 |

A solid pinot with dried berry and walnut character. Hints of cedar. Full and juicy. Tannic. Muscular. Needs two or three years to soften.

Score: 91+ | March 1, 2017 | Wine Advocate

Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2014 Pinot Noir No. 7 has an earthy nose of moss-covered bark, damp loam and underbrush over a delicate core of cranberries and raspberry leaves. Medium-bodied, the palate offers just enough red-fruit freshness to counter the earthy flavors, with a seamless backbone of fine-grained tannins and refreshing acidity, finishing with excellent length.

Score: 91 | February 15, 2017 | Pinot File

Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The aromas of black cherry, earthy flora, leather and toasty oak blend together nicely. Tasty flavors of black cherry, black raspberry and blackberry energize the attack and mid palate, persisting on the finish with lip-smacking goodness. A well-crafted wine with married tannins, deft oak integration and overall joy.

Score: Gold | January 19, 2017 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: Gold | May 19, 2016 | Dan Berger's International Wine Competition
Score: 91+ | March 4, 2016 | Wine Advocate

The three Pinot Noirs I tasted include the 2013 Pinot Noir No. 7 from Sonoma Coast. It shows a dark ruby/plum color and loads of red apple skin notes intermixed with cherry, strawberry, a touch of raspberry, earthiness and spice. The fruit is pure, rich, medium to full-bodied and promising. This is a youthful wine that should drink nicely for up to a decade.

Score: 89 | September 1, 2015 | Wine Enthusiast

Fulsome and voluptuous in red and dark cherry, No. 7 is meant to be “debonair, charismatic and seductive.” It is all those things, and stays well balanced between fruit, spice and oak, the weight and texture indeed silky and seductive.

 — V.B.  

May 8, 2015 | Riverside International Wine Competition

Chairman's Award 
Unanimous Gold
Clean, elegant freshness, with a long, lingering finish.

Score: Silver | February 2, 2015 | South Walton Food & Wine Festival
Score: 90 | April 1, 2014 | Wine Enthusiast
JCB's pinots are gradually becoming more impressive over the years. This '11 isn't their greatest effort given the huge difficulties of the cold vintage, but it is a success. Brisk acidity and a clean, dry mouthfeel make the raspberry, red currant , white pepper and sandalwood flavors attractive to drink now.
Score: Gold | February 6, 2014 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: Silver | September 30, 2013 | Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Score: Double Gold | February 1, 2013 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: Gold Star | November 1, 2012 | Santé
Opulent and complex showing dried cherry, ripe tree fruit, black tea, and spice, with hints of mushroom and earth. Long, silky finish. Delicious. Grilled squad with chanterelles.
Score: 92 | June 30, 2012 | Wine Spectator
Young, with a mix of generous boysenberry and oak in a complex, layered effort, gaining a pleasing melted black licorice aftertaste and letting the oak ease its way tin to the heart of the wine. Best from 2013 through 2022.
Score: Gold Medal | June 26, 2012 | Riverside International Wine Competition
Score: 91 | June 1, 2012 | Wine Enthusiast
This is a rich, delicious and balanced Pinot. It defines the modern California style, being dry, silky and ripe, showing a wealth of raspberry, cherry, cola, persimmon and spice flavors. Oak adds rich notes that are perfectly in keeping with the fruit. Drink this savory wine over the next few years.
Score: 90 | April 30, 2012 | Wine Spectator
A stylish statement, reliant on equal parts dense, mocha-laced flavors of currant and dark berry, joined by creamy, vanilla bean-tinged oak. Extracted, dense and concentrated, this maintains its chewiness through the finish, where it takes on a more rustic presence. The inaugural Jean-Charles Boisset Cabernet. Best from 2013 through 2023. 50 cases made. –JL
Score: 92 | April 18, 2012 | Wine Spectator Insider
Young, with a mix of generous boysenberry and oak in a complex, layered effort, gaining a pleasing melted black licorice aftertaste and letting the oak ease its way into the heart of the wine.
Score: Gold Medal | February 29, 2012 | US National Wine Competition