Turning to the Pinots, the 2010 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir is cool, fresh and with notes of lingonberries, herbs and some licorice. With a medium body the taste is rather elegant with fine smoky Pinot fruit (~87p). The 2009 Jackson Family Cambria Julias Vineyard Pinot Noir is deeper, sweeter and more yummy with notes of sweet/sour rasberries,, licorice, herbs and licorice. The taste is long, spicy and really fine (~91p).
Next up was an old acquaintance, Beringer Vineyards. I remember a tasting with Tim Hanni in about 1992 that was amazing, with lots of vintages of their Private Reserve. Treasur Wine Estates is the importer. The 2011 Beringer Chardonnay is cleanly made with some cloves and oranges, and a medium sized body (~84p). Their 2010 Beringer Founder´s Estate Chardonnay is a tad cooler with more lemon notes and the taste is also cooler and more fresh (~86p). The last Chardonnay poured was the 2011 Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay, and here the fruit is more concentrated and it has a lovely grapefruit note. The taste is broad, fresh and fine with notes of lemon cream, smoke and butter biscuits (~89p).
The only red I tasted was the 2009 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon which has a deep, profound nose with sweet black currant and cherry fruit. There is additional notes of tobacco, coffee, new leather and graphite. The taste is long, structured and filled with beautiful cassis fruit. This is in the same league as the 1984 and 1991Private Reserve´s (~93p).
Part III to follow.