International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93($60) Bright red. Mineral-driven red berry and cherry aromas are complicated by fresh rose and Asian spices. Nervy red fruit flavors are strikingly pure and focused, with an exotic candied floral quality gaining power with air. Very sexy wine, with excellent finishing lift and sappy persistence.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: May/June 2009
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93Ripe and fleshy, with lively plum, black cherry and wild berry notes that are supple, balanced, full-bodied and, at points, delicate, gaining a pleasant minerally, earthy edge and ending with fine depth and complexity.Drink Dates: 2009-2013Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92The 2007 Pinot Noir Holder Vineyard plays it closer to the vest. One of the least evolved of these offerings, it reveals notes of cola, black and red cherries, raspberries, spice box, and pomegranate in a tightly wrapped, medium to full-bodied style. With good acidity, more noticeable tannin, and a firmer edge than its siblings, it will benefit from another year of bottle age, and should last for 7-8 years.Drink Dates: 2010-2018Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 93very good and drinking well now. lovely, velvety texture; smooth and subtle fruit with just a note of earthiness.Drink Dates: 2010-2014Author: Serl Z
Self | Rating: 92Very good wine, complex taste and good finish. Needed 30+ minutes to openAuthor: Southbound Union
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
- 67 bottles owned
- 18 collectors
- Average collector rating: 93
(Out of 18 collectors)