Staff Pick

Banshee Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2014

8.9110 ratings on Delectable
$28

As with past vintages, the high percentage of Sonoma Coast fruit (79%) is the bedrock of the wine, delivering the signature floral and earth aromatics and fine structure for which the Banshee Pinot Noir is known. The 2014 is strikes a beautiful balance between both red and blue fruits, notably Bing cherry and Asian plums. Interwoven with the fruit characteristics is coastal moss, fresh wild mushrooms and spice. The wine has good carry-through from front to finish, with lively acidity to keep it light on its feet.

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Ratings on Delectable

Michael Solway Delectable Pro

A darn spiffy Pinot for under $25.

A darn spiffy Pinot for under $25.

8.5

John Skupny - Lang & Reed Wine Company Delectable Pro

A great condenser. Juicy and bright. A little simple but tasty.

A great condenser. Juicy and bright. A little simple but tasty.

8.8

Lauren Vance Delectable Pro

Buyer Whole Foods Market Oakland

Great definition of California Pinot. Dried fruits, cranberry, dried black cherries, black tea leaves, and super black pepper notes. Silly, elegant, dancing acidity, this is a great $20 Pinot.

Great definition of California Pinot. Dried fruits, cranberry, dried black cherries, black tea leaves, and super black pepper notes. Silly, elegant, dancing acidity, this is a great $20 Pinot.

9.0

Erik Helms Delectable Pro

Sommelier/Wine & Beer Buyer Whole Foods Oakland

Fantastic star bright garnet color. The nose is intensely aromatic; crushed rose petal, slight potpourri, black pepper, & black cherry. Palate delights & confirms nose and adds black tea and nice acid to round it.

Fantastic star bright garnet color. The nose is intensely aromatic; crushed rose petal, slight potpourri, black pepper, & black cherry. Palate delights & confirms nose and adds black tea and nice acid to round it.

9.2

Christy Canterbury MW Delectable Pro

Master of Wine

Reserved and pent-up, this wine could probably use another 6 months in bottle. It is savory yet full-fruited and a great match for stewed cherries with veal chops.

Reserved and pent-up, this wine could probably use another 6 months in bottle. It is savory yet full-fruited and a great match for stewed cherries with veal chops.

8.8

Craig Haarmeyer Delectable Pro

I dig it. Road tar & strawberries, slight stewed veggies but adds a layer. Under priced.

I dig it. Road tar & strawberries, slight stewed veggies but adds a layer. Under priced.

8.9

Kevin Loughran

Mild tannins, berries, sweet but not too sweet.

Mild tannins, berries, sweet but not too sweet.

8.7

Brandon Loper

Solid Pinot!

Solid Pinot!

8.7

Ben Edwards

Tart, but smooth in body, though not round/plump. Even hang, leaving no strong acid, tannin, sugar... clean without being weak. Holds up to grilled, spiced steak, so probably anything short of game. Particular smells/flavors are somewhat elusive, largely because they blend, and compliment well. Improves in the glass, so give it a moment.

Tart, but smooth in body, though not round/plump. Even hang, leaving no strong acid, tannin, sugar... clean without being weak. Holds up to grilled, spiced steak, so probably anything short of game. Particular smells/flavors are somewhat elusive, largely because they blend, and compliment well. Improves in the glass, so give it a moment.

9.1

Randy

Aromas of cranberry. Light with good acidity. Does not have the smokey oak finish of many Ca Pinots

Aromas of cranberry. Light with good acidity. Does not have the smokey oak finish of many Ca Pinots

8.8

Location

  • 325 Center Street
    Healdsburg, CA 95448

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