Burghound | Rating: 89An attractively nuanced and complex nose offers up aromas of red pinot, cranberry and cherry trimmed in a subtle array of spice hints that continue onto the supple, round and naturally sweet medium weight flavors that possess good persistence and very good balance on the lingering and dusty finish. This is not overly complex but other than a subtle touch of warmth, this appears to have the balance to reward a few years in the cellar to possibly add depth in time.Drink Dates: 2012+Author: Allen MeadowsIssue: 4th Quarter, 2009
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92Deep red. Intensely perfumed nose offers mineral-driven red berries, cola, sandalwood and woodsmoke. Densely packed red and dark berry flavors are surprisingly lively, with zesty mineral and cherry skin notes adding verve. The mineral character gains power on the finish, which is impressively spicy and very long. This would be great with a Moroccan-spiced lamb or duck dish.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: May/June 2009
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93Dense and extracted, making points for its subtle, well-focused, elegant flavors.Drink Dates: 2011 - 2019Author: James Laube
Self | Rating: 94Author: Trina
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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
- 274 bottles owned
- 110 collectors
- Average collector rating: 94
(Out of 110 collectors)