Burghound | Rating: 85A similar nose that is not as fresh leads to rich, full and vibrant flavors that possess a better sense of underlying freshness than the nose but the otherwise lingering finish is both mildly bitter and a bit short. Perhaps this is simply in a difficult phase but the backend is not harmonious and as such, I would not be inclined to risk aging this wine.Drink Dates: nowAuthor: Allen MeadowsIssue: 4th Quarter, 2009
Wine Spectator | Rating: 88Serves up a pleasing beam of mineral, spice and green apple fruit that's intense and complex, clean and delicate. Drink now through 2011. 480 cases made.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 95The 2007 Pinot Noir Mount Carmel cuts a stylistic path between the rich, fruit-driven Melville and the more earthy, barnyardy, terroir-driven Clos Pepe. The Mount Carmel offers plenty of blue and red fruits intermixed with hints of smoke, roasted herbs, earth, pomegranate, and underbrush. The sweetness of the tannins, beautiful full-bodied mouthfeel, and good acidity all reflect another brilliant Pinot Noir from this exceptionally talented duo. It should drink well for 10-15 years.Drink Dates: 2009-2024Author: Robert Parker
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93Vivid red. Pretty aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, rose and spicecake. Supple, silky and restrained, with alluring sweetness on the middle palate. The red berry flavors are penetrating and impressively pure; silky tannins add shape and provide structure but fade quickly into the fruit. Spreads out on the sweet, spicy, very long finish.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: Nov/Dec 09
Self | Rating: 95Drink Dates: 2009-2024Author: jjstrand
Self | Rating: 91Author: Danl
Self | Rating: 93Author: Bocawine
Self | Rating: 93Author: Trina
Self | Rating: 9414.7% alcohol Aromas: exotic phenolics in the nose initially delivering whiffs of pine pitch Palate: more exotic framework, the fruit is sourced from the top fruit sources including Sanford& Benedict Impression: a very adventurous, cutting edge style of wine, not for the pinot puristAuthor: dougwilder
Self | Rating: 92Needs time. Was best at Day 3. Really good wine. Great nose and super rich mouth-feelAuthor: Southbound Union
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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
- 259 bottles owned
- 74 collectors
- Average collector rating: 93
(Out of 74 collectors)