Wine Advocate | Rating: 92The 2011 Pinot Noir Le Moulin Rouge Pisoni Vineyard wafts from the glass with freshly cut flowers, mint and small red berries. Another finely shaped, chiseled wine, the 2011 shows lovely precision and plenty of nuance. Sweet, floral notes add brightness on the saline-infused finish. Currently the new oak is a bit noticeable, so it will be interesting to see how things develop over the next year and beyond. This is an especially silky, refined wine from a site in the Santa Lucia Highlands that often tends towards a more powerful expression of Pinot. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.Author: Antonio Galloni
Wine Spectator | Rating: 91A complex red, featuring dense red berry and licorice scents, this delivers a firm beam of red berry fruit, with gripping tannins imparting a rich earthy flavor and texture on the finish.Author: James Laube
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94Deep ruby. Sexy aromas of black raspberry, cherry-cola, star anise and vanilla, with a smoky nuance coming up with air. Juicy and expansive, with impressive clarity and power to its dark berry and floral pastille flavors. Finishes with excellent floral lift and striking persistence. This pinot, which was made from fruit that was sorted three times according to Morlet, offers a very suave blend of richness and vivacity.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: May/June 2013
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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
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