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Blog: Dispatches from Bassi 

Mike Sinor
April 6, 2019 | Mike Sinor

PinotFile reviews

Sinor-LaVallee, Avila Beach, Ca

92 Points-2016 Pinot Noir White Label Bassi Vineyard

Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Pleasant, slowly emerging aromas of black fruits. A flood of black and purple berry flavors meet the mid palate and carry over through an intense finish. The satiny texture is welcoming and is the wine’s best feature. Nicely integrated tannins and a deft touch of oak. More open and delightful when tasted the following day from a previously opened bottle


90 Points-2016 Pinot Noir Black Label-Bassi Vineyard

Moderate garnet color in the glass. Reserved aromas of black raspberry and boysenberry with a bit of vanilla. Mid weight plus in concentration, featuring a plush mouthfeel, a full monty of blackberry fruit and firm, but engaging tannins. This wine reminds me of Meiomi Pinot Noir. When tasted the following day from a previously opened bottle, the seductive texture endured, but there was plenty of oak vanillin overlay. Remarkably, this wine seemed to be in balance from an alcohol perspective


90 Points- 2015 Pinot Noir Anniversary Cuvee

Moderately light garnet color in the glass. This wine needs time to unwind and yield its charms. Aromas of fresh black cherry and dark red berry with a touch of oak-driven vanilla, toast and marzipan. Smooth and sleek on the palate in a mid weight style,exhibiting expansive purple and blackberry fruits. The wine is giving now, with gentle tannins and sound acidity


89 Points- 2016 Pinot Noir Estate

Moderate garnet color in the glass. Aromas of cherry, strawberry and tobacco leaf. Mid weight flavors of black cherry and purple berry with oak in the background. Easy to drink, with mild tannins, a velvety mouthfeel and some noticeable finishing length. Much better integration of oak when tasted the following day from a previously opened bottle


??? Points- 2018 Ancestrle (Pet Nat) Sparkling Pinot Noir

Wine is under high pressure and bottle cap must be removed slowly as abundant bubbles emerge. White gold color in the glass. Very fragrant with aromas of apricot, nectarine, apple and botanical notes. Bubbles dissipate quickly. Quite enjoyable on the palate, with flavors of pineapple, lemon and white peach. A bone dry wine that has a little Muscat, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir Blanc character. Not scored as I have never had a comparable wine, but I recommended it.


Volume 11, Issue 41 March 24,2019


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