Burghound | Rating: 85This displayed a combination of elements on the nose, with very ripe and attractively fresh pinot aromas mixing with obvious alcohol and plenty of toast yet it is spicy and complex. The supple, forward and sweet flavors are very ripe as well but they remain pinot in character, framed in noticeable oak spice and culminating in an admirably long but heavy and rather dull finish where the alcoholic warmth is a bit too noticeable. It's fair to say that this is stylistically particular and one either likes this heavy handed style or one simply doesn't. I find it to be over the top.Author: Allen MeadowsIssue: 3rd Quarter, 2004
Self | Rating: 94Author: NobleRot
Self | Rating: 98This is awe inspiring Pinot Noir and is one of the best Pinots I have ever tasted from the New World (and frankly only the absolute best Burgundies can compete with this wine). Medium purple red colored nearly translucent wine with a few thin slightly pigmented legs. A complex ever changing perfumed nose of minerals, stone, vanilla, plum, cinnamon, light blood, apple, veal tartare, wisps of anise, tangerine peel, a touch of earth, clay, mocha, and strawberry. Ethereal on the palate, all crushed velvet with sweet but nimble fruit, caramel, and mocha, with virtually unlimited nuances. What every Pinot Noir producer strives for ? complexity, intensity, and finely delineated texture yet ephemeral all at the same time. Bravo!Drink Dates: 2007-2010Author: Daniel B
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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Pinot Noir is a delicate, thin-skinned grape that is notoriously difficult to grow but unmatched in its ability to reflect its terroir. It is early-budding and early-ripening, and thus requires a cool climate. To achieve its best expression and maintain its delicate flavor profile, Pinot Noir demands great care in the vineyard, particular attention to yield management, and careful handling in the winery. Growers blessed with the patience, skill, and terroir to produce world-class Pinot Noir are greatly rewarded. Not only are these wines complex, age-worthy, and delicious, they also command some of the world’s highest prices.
Old-World Pinot Noir most famously hails from , where it is the only red variety permitted in the region. Techniques such as whole-bunch fermentation and barrel ageing, now common amongst high-quality Pinot Noir producers around the world, were pioneered by Burgundian winemakers. Age-worthy Pinot Noir from Burgundy tends to be high in acid, display low to medium tannins, and have red fruit flavors in youth that evolve into complex flavors of earth, game, cola, and truffle with age. Some of the most famous producers include , , , and .
New-World Pinot Noir tends to grow in warmer climates and on newer vines than in the Old Word, producing wine that is more fruit-forward with flavors of red cherry, cranberry, and raspberry. The highest-quality wines come from moderate regions in , particularly and , and top producers include , , and .
High acidity, low tannin, and low alcohol make Pinot Noir a versatile wine to pair. Spiced duck, fatty fish, grilled chicken, spicy foods, and anything with mushroom are just a few classic examples.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 189 bottles owned
- 88 collectors
- Average collector rating: 96
(Out of 88 collectors)