International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92Bright red. Fresh raspberry and cherry aromas show very good clarity, with sexy Asian spice and floral notes adding complexity. Lively and sharply focused, offering subtly sweet red berry and bitter cherry flavors and an exotic star anise quality. The finish emphasizes zesty red fruit and lingers with impressive, spicy persistence.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: May/June 2013
Burghound | Rating: 89This is aromatically more restrained than the Campbell Ranch with reticent notes of cool red berries, spice and a hint of sandalwood. There is good verve and volume to the delicious and attractively textured medium weight flavors where the supporting tannins possess slightly better phenolic maturity though even here there is a hint of dryness that detracts mildly from the overall sense of balance. Still, this is quite pretty and I like both the depth and the delivery even if the overall sense of harmony isn't perfect.Drink Dates: 2017+Author: Allen Meadows
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
- 68 bottles owned
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