Wine Advocate | Rating: 93The 2010 Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard has tremendous lift and aromatic complexity, much of which comes from the inclusion of 20% whole clusters. Freshly cut flowers, spices, mint and anise waft from the glass supported by insistent layers of underlying minerality. There is a tension and pure energy to the Garys- that is exciting and compelling. A portion of the fruit was fermented in open top wood vats, an approach that seems to work beautifully. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.Drink Dates: 2013-2018Author: Antonio Galloni
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93Bright ruby. Exotic scents of red and dark berry liqueur, potpourri, vanilla and blood orange. Spicy, penetrating black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors stain the palate, turning sweeter with air. This rich, lively pinot finishes with superb clarity and length and alluring spiciness.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: May/June 2012
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94Ultrarich, with restrained power, this is pure and focused on dense, ripe plum, black cherry and blackberry flavors. Deftly balanced and elegant, ending with a mix of suppleness and subtlety. 404 cases made.Drink Dates: 2012-2022Author: James Laube
Self | Rating: 91Underwhelming for a KB sv. Not as concentrated as expected, with sour cherry and dusty chocolate notes.Author: Maxcontinuous
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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
- 127 bottles owned
- 52 collectors
- Average collector rating: 91
(Out of 52 collectors)