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International Wine Cellar
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 153
($56) Wild, explosive aromas of raspberry, fresh flowers, smoky minerals and Asian spices. High-pitched and sappy, with brisk minerality lifting pure red fruit and floral flavors. A dense, penetrating essence of red fruit, with terrific definition and uncanny energy. Finishes with firm but silky tannins and noteworthy power, but the overall impression is of finesse. This is gorgeous.
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Author: Robert Parker
No such issues with restraint are noticeable with the 2008 Pinot Noir Melville. Coming from clay/loamy soils in a very cold site planted with the Burgundian Dijon clones, this dark ruby/purple-tinged Pinot Noir (14.5% alcohol) has the classic raspberry and blueberry notes with some sweet black cherry and subtle earth in the background. It is probably the most front end-loaded of the B-C Pinot Noirs, with tremendous elegance, an attractive, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and a seductive, lush finish. Drink it over the next decade.
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/15/2011
Go Cargassachi if you're going Brewer-Clifton. Or go Kosta Browne and rock out with your c*** out...
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