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Brent Gushowaty

Brent Gushowaty

17 days ago

Brent scored this wine: 94/100

The nose shows harmonious darker slightly herbal red fruits, with good acidity as well as coffee and exotic fruit notes. On the palate the wine is big and smooth with the flavour elements very well integrated and balanced. One of the challenges for pinot noir winemakers is to craft a wine containing riper more concentrated flavours without losing the balance, subtlety and elegance that distinguishes pinot noir. This is a very successful example of that endeavor and of what Russian River pinot noir can be. The ripe denser fruit, alcohol, tannins and barrel effects are in great harmony, the finish is quite long . Beautifully sculpted, balanced, concentrated Pinot Noir B+ 94 bcpinotnoir.com@bcpinotnoirinfo

Julia's Vineyard

Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California, United States
17 days ago

Brent scored this wine: 93/100

The wine here is very pale with a rim like the colour of pomegranate seeds. On the nose it shows cranberry/pomegranate fruit, some minerality, baking spices and a good acidity. The light red fruits, minerality and baking spices are all on the palate as well. The texture is remarkable. The very fine grained fruit lingers and haunts for a long while B to B+ ~ 93 Julia’s Vineyard, in Santa Barbara county was named for Julia Jackson in 1988. It consists of ancient soils with fossilized seashells, shale, limestone, and sand, with fog-affected vines. There are over 400 acres of pinot noir vines on the estate, containing eight different clones including 4, 2A, 23, 667, 115, 777 and 828.

18 days ago

Brent scored this wine: 90/100

Light in colour with bright ruby on the rim the there are aromas of baking spice, vanilla, and a touch of dark fruit paired with a harmonious acidity. Straightforward, slightly soft acidity but very quaffable with good fruit concentration probably due in part to there being some petit verdot in the mix. The balance and harmony are the best features here and the finish is medium plus in length. Very pleasurable. B- 90 This wine spends about 4 months in barrel with 20% new French oak and is blended with a small amount of petiti verdot. bcpinotnoir.com @bcpinotnoirinfo

18 days ago

Brent scored this wine: 92/100

Pale with a bright ruby rim, the nose shows notes of cherry, chocolate and toasted barrel. The palate is very similar to the nose but the fruit registers a little darker. Balanced and very graceful, classy, long Burgundian fruit profile. Though not especially complex, there is a subsequent layer that unfolds in the second half of the more than medium finish. B ~ 92 The vineyards in the La Brisa blend all reside in maritime conditions and are farmed for low yields. The blend is 100% pinot noir from the Bellflower, Martinelli, Catie’s Corner and Gap’s Crown vineyards. bcpinotnoir.com @bcpinotnoirinfo

19 days ago

Brent reviewed this wine:

Pale with a ruby rim, the slightly shy bouquet is a mix of pomegranate molasses, boysenberry, lilac and other floral notes. The flavour follows through closely as on the nose with the savoury fruit mostly mid-palate. Well balanced and fairly long, delicate and delightful. B- to B ~ 91 Notes: This pinot noir is all Santa Lucia Highland fruit composed of 55% Smith Vineyard, 30% Doctors Vineyard, 10% Hook Vineyard, 5% Lone Oak Vineyard. It spent 11 months in barrel that was 33% new French oak. bcpinotnoir.com @bcpinotnoirinfo

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