12 February, 2010

Stomping Girl - Artisan Pinot Noirs

Balloons were definitely in order as the release of Stomping Girl's 2008 Lone Oak and Split Rock Pinot Noirs was a celebration.  We had gone to pre-release last year and have been waiting ever since.  Now in a larger space near Fourth Street in Berkeley, it was so fun to see Uzi and Kathryn (and like 100 other Stomping Girl enthusiasts) and even more fun to taste the final product.

'08 Stomping Girl, Pinot Noir, Lone Oak, Santa Lucia Highlands, California.  Yum!  This pinot has the delightful nose coaxed from the tasty fruit of the warm, yet breezy Santa Lucia Highland area. I got a lot of ripe fruit in the aromas.  An lovely well balanced acidity when I tasted it.

'08 Stomping Girl, Pinot Noir, Split Rock, Sonoma Coast, California.  Sassier aromas with more spice and red fruit.  Different textures, but still delicious.  I got more cherry, softer, fuller mouthfeel in this Pinot expression.  Delicious Sonoma Coast character. 

Between the two, I couldn't decide, so I grabbed both!  With small production artisan pinots, get while the getting is good! I always say.
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