90pts Wilfred Wong
The 2017 Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is sassy and fine. This wine is bright, fresh, and exhibits loads of dark berries. Enjoy its intense aromas and flavors of red, blue, and blackberries with grilled salmon fillets in a sauce of honey and citrus zest. (Tasted: December 3, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
As this wine is poured into your glass, you will notice its beautiful, dark ruby red color. The first impression starts in the nose with intense blackberry fruit aromas, cola, and cassis jam followed by a touch of vanilla and tobacco accented with hints of baking spice and red licorice. The wine is richly textured and balanced with a beautiful brightness. Flavors of black cherry, tobacco, and sweet barrel spice shine throughout. Fine tannins round out the long, smooth finish.