Burghound | Rating: 91A beautifully elegant and nuanced nose features notes of cranberry and raspberry that evidence hints of spice, crushed herb and underbrush that are also picked up by the utterly delicious, round and detailed medium-bodied flavors that possess impeccable balance and excellent length. I very much like the grace and poise this wine displays and as long as the proper serving temperature is maintained, there is no visible warmth or acid tang. Lovely stuff and recommended.Drink Dates: 2013+Author: Allen MeadowsIssue: 3rd Quarter, 2009
Self | Rating: 97Aromas: Wild strawberry and blueberry flesh with a whiff of warm, spiced honeycomb Palate: Violet, lilac, white stone fruits Impression: Compelling subtlety and texture make the wine fascinating.Author: dougwilder
Self | Rating: 95Awesome pinot showing off its new world heritage. Intense ripe fruit that is not at all clumsy. really took off after an hour of air. Beautiful acid and structure to frame the fruit. I love 2006 for sonoma pinots....Author: MJM
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
- 237 bottles owned
- 36 collectors
- Average collector rating: 96
(Out of 36 collectors)