Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 23
(from Anderson Valley fruit bottled at 14.2%) A very fresh and notably ripe nose featuring red pinot fruit and raspberry notes complement the supple, concentrated and mouth coating flavors that display noticeable finishing warmth on the admirably long if slightly creamy finish. This is quite a pretty effort that possesses good complexity and I like the finishing energy as well as the discreet touch of minerality.
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International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126
($40) Full, deep red. Spicy dark raspberry on the nose. Brisk, pure and bright but youthfully tight, with sappy, strong dark fruit and spice flavors. The Dijon clones give more aromas and flavors at lower sugar levels, notes Guthrie. Indeed, this is a moderate 13.8% alcohol.
Author: Robert Parker
The 2004 Pinot Noir Cerise exhibits a dark ruby/purple color as well as lovely, fresh raspberry and cherry fruit, good acidity, a pleasant forest floor component, and a fine texture. It should drink well for 5-7 years. It's hard not to enjoy a visit with Wells Guthrie given his enthusiasm and passion for accessing top-notch vineyards and producing high quality wines. His impressive resume includes positions with Michel Chapoutier and Gerard Chave as well as a short stint as a journalist for The Wine Spectator. Guthrie is one of the Rhone Ranger mavericks who utilizes considerable stems in his winemaking as well as a variety of barrels, ranging from small casks to the large, 600-liter demi-muids. Such Old World winemaking techniques as minimal intervention, natural yeast fermentations, and no fining or filtration has resulted in thrilling wines of undeniable character and personality.
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