California Grapevine reviews the 2014 Spell Pinot Noirs

California Grapevine reviews the 2014 Spell Pinot Noirs

California Grapevine reviews the 2014 Spell Pinot Noirs
April 7, 2017 Tina
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California Grapevine Reviews

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ABOUT OUR TASTING NOTES
OUR TASTING NOTES are the result of weekly doubleblind tastings held in San Diego. Our scoring system at these tastings is based on the traditional 20-point Davis scale for wine evaluation. I also include a score using the currently more popular 100-point scale. The group score and the number of first, second, and third-place votes appear.

91 Points *first place
Spell Umino Vineyard Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2014
Medium-light to medium ruby color; attractive, forward, deep, intense, cherry and dark berry fruit aroma with hints of clove and dried herbs; medium to medium-full body; forward, rich, deep, elegant, red and dark fruit flavors with a velvety mouthfeel; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended. Appealing to drink now and also shows aging potential.

90 Points *third place
Spell Terra de Promissio Vineyard Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2014
Medium-light to medium ruby; attractive, forward, deep, black cherry fruit aroma with hints of dried herbs and sandalwood; medium to medium-full body; rich, fleshy, earthy, cherry and red berry fruit flavors with good acid balance and a hint of cola; a bit tight on the finish; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended.

89 Points *sixth place
Spell Nichole’s Blend Pinot Noir Sonoma County 2014
Medium-light ruby; fragrant, forward, cherry and red berry fruit aroma with herbal notes and a hint of cocoa; medium body; fleshy, supple, red fruit flavors with spicy notes, bright acidity, and a hint of cola; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Highly recommended.

88 Points
Spell Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir Yorkville Highlands 2014
Medium-light to medium ruby; ripe, earthy, cherry and red berry fruit aroma with hints of mocha and dried herbs; medium body; tight, red cherry and cranberry fruit flavors with earthy and black tea notes; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Highly recommended.