Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

DuNah, Russian River Valley, DuNah Estate Vineyard, Pinot Noir 2006 Toastiness and toffee leap out of the glass with a sense of earthiness and crushed leaves. The mouth is deeply concentrated with cherry fruit and toffee with a very supple feel and richness. P&B in Sebastopol 14.2% $54 at Traverso’s DuNah

DuMol, Green Valley Sonoma County, ryan, Pinot Noir 2005 Perfumed furit, almost liquer-like fills the glass while in the mouth the same theme is repeated, with an accent of vanilla – great concentration. Like the DuNah, suppleness is the defining texture with acidity to frame it and keep it lively. This is a selection from the Widdoes Vineyard. Proprietors Kerry Murphy and Michael Verlander. P&B in Santa Rosa 14.7% was $68 at the winery when it was available; this was a gift from a friend DuMol Wines

David Bruce, Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir 2004 The fruit is evolving to a slightly stewed character with a little bit of varnish coming on. The mouth is warm and tangy, a little aged but still not to be turned away. This legendary producer from above Los Gatos has been crafting Pinot from many of the best appellations in the state. P&B in Los Gatos. 14.8% $45 at the winery David Bruce

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Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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