Toast Dad. Here are some recommendations in red for Father’s Day, specifically, full-bodied pinot noir. These wines find a match with steaks or burgers, roast chicken or duck, grilled tuna or salmon.
The 2013 Patz & Hall Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir ($90) is a powerful, intense, rich, and complex winner. It’s loaded with notes of blackberry and plum, and has a trace of spice, too. Bright, velvety, and softer is the 2014 Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard Carneros Pinot Noir ($75), with suggestions of cassis and flowers.
A harvest of fruit and spice uncorks with the 2013 Cobb Wines Diane Cobb Coastal Vineyards Pinot Noir ($85), a star of the far Sonoma Coast. Cherry and strawberry, and aromas of pepper and cinnamon make it a treat. Likewise, the 2013 Cobb Wines Jack Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir ($75) and the producer’s 2013 Rice-Spivak Vineyard Pinot Noir ($70). The Burgundy-style Jack Hill offers a subtle earthiness and plenty of raspberry; the refreshing Rice-Spivak, cherry, strawberry, and vibrancy.
Ripe fruit and hints of vanilla invite you to the 2014 Gehricke Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Sonoma ($45) and the 2014 Gehricke Los Carneros Pinot Noir Sonoma ($39), a slightly floral, very accessible duet. The Russian River Valley pinot highlights plum and raspberry; the Los Carneros, black cherry.
The 2014 Sonoma-Loeb Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($40) comes through with berries, spice, and a diverting chocolate turn. And the 2014 Kendall-Jackson Jackson Estate Anderson Valley Pinot Noir ($32) brings you blueberry and black cherry, plus a bit of minerality.