International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94(15.5% alcohol; from Vosne-Romanee clones) Good deep red-ruby. Knockout nose combines crushed blackberry, black raspberry, licorice and violet. Sappy, densely packed and powerful, with hugely rich, near-confectionery flavors of black fruits, wild strawberry and chocolate. There are complicating soil tones here but this is essentially a wonderfully sweet, creamy California fruit bomb of a pinot. Finishes with superb purity of fruit, fine sweet tannins, and firm balancing acidity.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2007
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94Smooth and richly flavored, with a mix of savory dark berry, blackberry, herb, mineral and sage flavors that are fairly explosive on the palate, yet somehow this remains elegant, balanced and very stylish. Ends with a long, lingering finish.Drink Dates: 2008-2013Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 95The 2005 Pinot Noir UV Vineyard, another wine made from the Calera clone of Pinot Noir, and named after the superb viticultural manager Ulises Valdez, has a deep ruby/purple-tinged color and an exceptional nose of sweet raspberry, pomegranate, and currants intermixed with some spring flowers, underbrush, and forest floor notes. The wine has dazzling stuffing, expansive texture, sensational purity, and well-integrated acidity and tannin.Drink Dates: 2007-2022Author: Robert Parker
Burghound | Rating: 82The nose is similar to that of the Reuling with the exception of a very ripe stewed character that is, curiously for as ripe as this is, somewhat vegetal and this continues onto the impressively scaled, structured and firm flavors that finish with an edgy and unpleasantly bitter finish that remind me of seed tannins. Again, I would recommend against aging this for fear of it drying out and the alcohol becoming more pronounced than it is already.Drink Dates: nowAuthor: Allen MeadowsIssue: 4th Quarter, 2008
Self | Rating: 96Author: SingKevin
Self | Rating: 93Drink Dates: 2008-2015Author: Serl Z
Aubert also makes several Pinot Noirs sourced from the Sonoma Coast as well as a "right-bank" Bordeaux style blend from Napa's Howell Mountain.
See other similar producers:Marcassin,Martinelli Winery,Arietta
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
- 324 bottles owned
- 130 collectors
- Average collector rating: 95
(Out of 130 collectors)