The website for Left Coast Cellars is unusually reticent or coy about the history of the winery and its ownership. All I can say is that it was founded in 2003, that is comprises 356 acres of which 130 are planted to certifiably sustainable vines, that Taylor Pfaff is CEO, and winemaker is Joe Wright. I like the wines very much.

These wines were samples for review.


The Left Coast Cellars Cali’s Cuvee Pinot Noir 2016, Willamette Valley, continues the trend for this bottling being the most elemental and earthy of the Left Coast pinot noirs. The wine aged nine months in French oak barrels. The color is transparent medium ruby-magenta; aromas and flavors of spiced and macerated red and black cherries and currants are bolstered by notes of loam and forest floor, with hints of mushrooms and meadow flowers. The texture is sleek, lithe and satiny, with pleasing density and flow on the palate, all enlivened by a sense of slightly chiseled acidity and graphite minerality. 13.5 percent alcohol. Now through 2021 or ’22. Very Good+. About $24.


The Left Coast Cellars “Right Bank” Estate Pinot Noir 2015, Willamette Valley, is a muscular and fairly tannic interpretation of the grape, though the robustness and structure are there to reinforce succulent raspberry and black cherry flavors permeated by hints of cranberry, lead pencil and dried herbs. The wine spent 19 months in French oak barrels. The color is transparent medium ruby shading to a magenta rim. First impression is a burst of pure graphite, iodine and loam, followed by scents of deeply spiced black and red currants and cherries unfolding to nuances of cranberry and pomegranate. The wine is dry and vibrant on the palate, offering loads of presence and personality. Production was 393 cases. 13.6 percent alcohol. Now through 2022 to ’25. Excellent. About $42.


Nineteen months in French oak, 70 percent new barrels, seems like a whole lot of wood for the pinor noir grape to me, but the Left Coast Cellars Truffle Hill Estate Pinot Noir 2015, Willamette Valley, soaked up that oak and came out sleek, supple and shapely. The color is an entrancing transparent medium ruby shading to ethereal magenta; beguiling purity and intensity guide the quickly evolving nose from loam and iodine, through cloves, sassafras and wood-smoke, to spiced and macerated black and red cherries, currants and rose petals that reveal notes of cranberry and rhubarb. The wine is quite dry but juicy with primarily red berry flavors that darken to hints of cedar, mint and new leather, propelled by bright acidity to a finish that seethes with riveting graphite minerality. Tremendous tone and exquisite balance. 13.3 percent alcohol. Production was 504 cases. Now through 2023 to ’27. Certainly one of my favorite pinot noirs so far this year. Exceptional. About $42.