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Wine Recommendation

Wine:Jus Soli Winery 2004 Pinot Noir  (Mendocino County)

Jus Soli Winery

2004 Pinot Noir
(Mendocino County)

When I was wine director at Aqua a few years back, I remember meeting Tom Garrett. His name sounded familiar but I didn’t link him with the Wine Spectator, where he had been covering California wines for several years. What did leave an impression on me was the Detert Family Vineyards Cabernet Franc, made from grapes grown on his family's vineyard in Oakville and formerly sold for blending into Opus One and Robert Mondavi Reserve. When Tom introduced me to Revana, where he works together with Heidi Barrett, I was thrilled as well.

What a pleasant surprise to find Tom involved with this property. The partners are Tom and KC Garrett; Mike Carlson and Heather Staples, Peter Simon and Felicia Strankman, Mike and Cory O'Donnell, and Jesse Wurtzel. Tom is the winemaker, and in addition to 265 cases of this $20 Mendocino Pinot Noir, they produce a Dry Creek Zinfandel and a Sonoma Valley Syrah.

Bright, pale ruby and viscous, the wine has aromas of strawberry, rhubarb, cranberry, Fernet Branca, tar, bramble, and earth. On the palate it is medium-bodied and vibrantly fruity with ripe blackberry, cranberry, and strawberry notes, along with cedar box, cinnamon, orange peel, and clove notes.

Reviewed May 30, 2007 by Catherine Fallis.

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The Wine

Winery: Jus Soli Winery
Vintage: 2004
Wine: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Mendocino County
Grape: Pinot Noir
Price: 750ml $20.00

Review Date: 5/30/2007

The Reviewer

Catherine Fallis

Founder and President of Planet Grape LLC, a company committed to bringing the joy of wine, food, and good living into the lives of everyday people, Catherine is creator of the “grape goddess guides to good living,” a series of books, television presentations, seminars, and e-learning programs. The fifth woman in the world to become a Master Sommelier, grape goddess Catherine Fallis is still very much down-to-earth.