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2011 Kutch Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 90 WA
  • 88 WS
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir

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SKU: 305005-2011

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$43.00

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    The 2011 Pinot Noir is a bigger, more overt wine than the 2010, despite being a full percentage lower in alcohol. A blast of dark red fruit, tobacco, game and spices hits the palate in this expressive, resonant wine. The 2011 is totally different in style than the 2010, partially because of the use of 25% whole clusters. A bit wild today, the 2011 could use another 6-12 months to come together, but it is already pretty impressive. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.
    Drink Dates: 2013-2018
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    Juicy and vibrant, with tight and focused core of earthy sour cherry, ending with savory herb and cedar notes.
    Drink Dates: 2013-2019
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating:

    Beautiful nose with harmony and grace, the palate is a little drying but works better with food. Might need a little more time for the tannins to mellow. #kutch #pinotnoir
    Author: Koby

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 Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena 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. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon 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 Burgundy, 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 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Domaine Leroy, and Domaine Armand Rousseau.

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 California, particularly Sonoma and Carneros, and top producers include Marcassin, Kistler, and Kosta Browne.

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

  • 149 bottles owned
  • 25 collectors