Wine Spectator | Rating: 94Beautifully crafted, intense and vibrant, displaying zesty wild berry, raspberry and red and black licorice notes. Full-bodied and focused, gaining depth and richness.Drink Dates: 2012-2022Author: James Laube
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93Bright ruby. Heady, expansive bouquet of raspberry compote, cherry-vanilla and gingerbread, with notes of white pepper and licorice in the background. Smooth and fleshy in the mouth, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors and nuances of candied flowers and herbs. Pretty hefty but by no means thick--in fact this is pretty lithe. Finishes with very good clarity and smoky, floral persistence.Author: Stephen Tanzer
JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 92Nose has deep cherry overtones with light hints of cranberry. This medium-bodied wine is tight and structured with tension and focused fruits. It needs a few years to come together and show its full potential. Best after 2014.Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 90The 2009 Pinot Noir Estate Vineyard shows off gorgeous depth, intensity and balance. Dark cherries, spices, licorice and sweet herbs are some of the many notes that are woven together in this vivid, elegant wine. The Estate impresses for its terrific overall balance and sheer energy.Drink Dates: 2014-2019Author: Antonio Galloni
Self | Rating: 88Author: RDV
Self | Rating:Drink Dates: 2011-2019Author: Jeremy A212
Self | Rating: 93Good paring with red meats. One of the more solid vintages to date.Drink Dates: 2002-2010Author: Monty94
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
- 191 bottles owned
- 73 collectors
- Average collector rating: 91
(Out of 73 collectors)