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2006 Bjornstad - Pinot Noir Vandercamp Vineyard

  • 88 WA
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    Pinot Noir

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SKU: 207490-2006-750-3A
  • Burghound | Rating: 89

    A fresh and ripe nose of rose petal, red cherry and raspberry is cut with hints of smoke, wood and anise that are picked up by the delicious, round and fleshy medium-bodied flavors that possess good mid-palate concentration and finish with verve and a pretty inner mouth perfume. This is really quite lovely and about the only perceptible nit is a trace of warmth that can be minimized by maintaining a cool temperature while drinking it. Lovely.
    Drink Dates: 2011+
    Author: Allen Meadows
    Issue: 1st Quarter, 2009
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

    The light medium ruby-colored 2006 Pinot Noir Vandercamp Vineyard (a site made famous by the Landmark winery) exhibits aromas of mulberries, black cherries, and notions of earth, strawberries, herbs, licorice, and smoke. It is best drunk in its exuberant youth...over the next 2-3 years.
    Drink Dates: 2007-2010
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 91

    pretty nose, delicate and ripe with dusty strawberry and raspberry. Nice palate focus of floral and spice
    Author: dougwilder

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 Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena 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. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon 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 Burgundy, 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 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Domaine Leroy, and Domaine Armand Rousseau.

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 California, particularly Sonoma and Carneros, and top producers include Marcassin, Kistler, and Kosta Browne.

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

  • 18 bottles owned
  • 6 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 6 collectors)