International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93Deep ruby. Heady scents of black raspberry, candied flowers, cola and Asian spices. Sappy, expansive and pure, offering vibrant red and dark berry flavors and touches of star anise and cinnamon. Rich but lively, even delicate. Seamless and sweet on the lingering finish.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: May/June 2013
Wine Spectator | Rating: 91Refreshing, lively and vibrant, with zesty wild berry, raspberry and anise flavors that are tight-knit and focused, ending with a beam of juicy berry flavors. Drink now through 2022. 815 cases made.Drink Dates: 2013-2022Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94The 2011 Pinot Noir La Caprice, which was harvested before any damaging rains arrived and is above the fog line on the Sonoma Coast, exhibits classic notes of black raspberries, graphite, flowers, red and black fruits, spice and forest floor. Not quite as rich or dense as the 2010, or as structured and chewy as the 2009, the evolved, seductive 2011 should provide enormous pleasure over the next 10-12 years.Drink Dates: 2013-2025Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 90Author: Danl
Self | Rating: 94Author: Pkaleta
Self | Rating: 93EarlyAuthor: marv
Self | Rating: 92Much better than expected from a 2011. Should have held off a little longerAuthor: Jeffrey M989
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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
- 200 bottles owned
- 64 collectors
- Average collector rating: 92
(Out of 64 collectors)