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The 2nd Annual Palm Springs Pinot Noir Festival, “A Passion 4 Pinot” is a premier event on the international wine calendar. Hosted in one of the world’s most dramatic and awe-inspiring Hotels, this is a unique opportunity to engage with some of the top winery owners and winemakers and other leading wine personalities and enthusiasts from all over California.



The annual World of Pinot Noir event gathers the planet’s foremost Pinot Noir wineries and winemakers, renowned chefs, sommeliers and leading wine scholars in a weekend-long
seaside celebration of this delicious and storied wine.



***2017 Russian River Valley Brut***
92 points Wine Enthusiast
Winemaker Dianna Novy combines 59% Pinot Noir and 41% Chardonnay into this lovely brut, which spent three years on the lees. Oyster shell, peach and green apple highlight a lovely, balanced burst of persistent bubbles. —V.B.

91 points Jeb Dunnuck
A stunning sparkler from California, the 2017 Brut reveals a vivid gold hue to go with classic, Champagne-like notes of buttered citrus, green apple, white flowers, and a touch of salty mineral nuances. These carry to a medium-bodied, racy sparkling wine with good purity of fruit, bright acidity, and a clean, crisp finish. Give bottles another year to integrate some acidity and pick up richness, and it’s going to evolve nicely for 5-7 years.

Lettie Teague – The Wall Street Journal

Winemaker Dianna Novy Lee has turned out a beautiful sparkling wine that’s also beautifully packaged. This rich, complex blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir made via the traditional method is a worthy West Coast counterpart to Champagne.

91 Points – James Suckling

Pears, cooked apples, quince, pastries and salted almonds on the nose. Medium-bodied with sharp acidity and fine bubbles. Dry, crisp and fresh with subtle nuttiness.

***2019 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir***
90 points Wine Spectator
Crisp and redolent of crushed red plum and wild cherry flavors that are backed by vibrant acidity. Spicy finish features a snap of licorice. Drink now through 2023.

90 points Wine Enthusiast
Fresh and carbonic in lively red fruit and a tang of citrus, this coastal wine is funky and earthy. Thick tannins support a core of forest floor, clove and black tea. —V.B.

93 points Jeb Dunnuck
More open, evolved, and ready to go compared to the more backward Sexton Vineyard release, the 2019 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast gives up a spice-filled nose of red and black fruits, dried flowers, sweet earth, and a touch of leather. Already complex and nuanced, it has plenty of depth on the palate, with a medium-bodied mouthfeel, good acidity, and ripe tannins. It’s another terrific wine from Dianna Novy.

***2019 Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir***
90 points Wine Enthusiast
With a strawberry-cream nose, this wine evolves to show light notes of cola and cinnamon spice. Fresh and lively in acidity, it also has a lush creaminess to the texture that appeals and lengthens the supple tannins. —V.B

93+ Jeb Dunnuck
I was able to taste two Pinot Noirs from this label, both showing beautifully. The 2019 Pinot Noir Sexton Vineyard comes from a site on the Sonoma Coast and offers up a great perfume of ripe strawberry and framboise fruits intermixed with plenty of spice, forest floor, sassafrass, and floral notes. Medium-bodied and vibrant on the palate, it has a terrific spine of acidity, good concentration, and enough tannins to evolve for upwards of a decade. This complex, elegant Pinot Noir is well worth seeking out.

92 points Purely Domestic Wine Report

2019 PINOT NOIR, SEXTON VINEYARD 25% Whole Cluster The nose is a brisk blueberry and graphite over dried cherries and juniper. The palate entry is lean plum with a core of mouth-coating cranberry and tobacco-like cherry. Bright acidity on the finish. Drink 2021 – 2028.

90 points Connoisseur’s Guide to Wine

FLAUNT Sexton Vineyard Sonoma Coast 2019 Fresh and fruity as befits a wine of its tender age but hinting at a nascent bit of savory, mildly loamy spice that foreshadows more complexity with time, this medium-full-bodied offering displays a little more depth and potential than its lesser-priced companion from Flaunt with a very well-integrated streak of underlying tannin ensuring fine potential for three or four years of expansion and growth.

***2020 Peake Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir***

90 Points – James Suckling Aromas of redcurrants, cherries, fresh flowers, vanilla and spice box. Medium-bodied with sleek tannins and fresh acidity. Zesty and lively with a flavorful, spicy finish.

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