Siduri specializes in pinot noir, but while the winery is based in Sonoma County, California, it’s unusual in that it sources grapes from all over the west coast to make various expressions from this much-loved grape. Today we look at four wines from four different and iconic pinot noir appellations in California and Oregon, all from Siduri and from the 2017 vintage.
2017 Siduri Pinot Noir Anderson Valley – Drinking just as expected, with notes of cola and spice infusing the strong cherry notes at its core. Hints of licorice, a little dark chocolate, and a light herbal current all run through the wine, leading to a grippy, slightly pushy conclusion with a lengthy finish. Fairly textbook California pinot noir. A- / $40
2017 Siduri Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands – As expected, here we have a more muscular expression of pinot noir, with a darker cherry core and stronger notes of cola and an edge of moderately dark chocolate. The wine’s brooding character feels all up front, however, and it surprisingly finishes on the thin side of things. B+ / $30
2017 Siduri Pinot Noir Willamette Valley – Initially a bit slight and on the thin side, this pinot sees iconic notes of cherry and some spice emerging, filtered through a grind or two of black pepper. The finish is all cola, tinged with spice, but surprisingly short. B+ / $30
2017 Siduri Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – Rich and soulful, this is an iconic example of the Russian River, with a heavy mineral and licorice note on the nose informing notes of dried cherries and a little currant. The palate shows some chocolate and some mulling spices, particularly on the finish. Rich but really lovely. A- / $35 [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]