90 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
90(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2007
($45) Deep red. Spicy cherry and cassis aromas are a bit musclebound but slowly open to show subtle floral and iron qualities. Powerful, deeply concentrated cherry and cherry skin flavors dominate the palate. Finishes with solid tannins and a hint of espresso. This needs time.
Great Wine Value
I happen to love the Sonoma Coast AVA Pinots and I feel that this wine has all the rock solid components that you would expect from it. Great acidity with good raspberry fruit and hints of cola (yes I said cola!!) Believe it or not, this tastes very similar to a (very young) Vincent Girardin Volnay that I had recently. A great effort--I would highly recommend it for the price.
I saw the review first in a magazine and after getting a sanity check on this website decided to try a bottle with friends. My local wine store had just received 6 bottles and had mispriced them at $24.
The wine with 15 min aeration is delicious, balanced and lush. I ordered a case to drink gradually over the next few years to see how it develops.
I'm not a huge fan of pinot but my mother bought me one when she went to the winery and I was impressed with the tremendous aromas and big taste..My favorite Pinot by far!
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ultra light pinot
This pinot noir is very drinkable. Smooth and refreshing, this light body pinot goes well with fish and lighter meats.
Please pour me another...
This was my first true great Pinot Noir. I would love to pair this next to the 04 Joseph Drouhin to see which one is actually my favorite. Has finesse and character. Loved it!
I recently tried this wine, and found it a good example of why I don't really care for many Cali Pinots. I find a component I tend to describe as Rubarb, not a favorite for me. I found no "iron" or mineral or earth components. There was a hint of floral, but mostly rubarb/cola/tea. This is not what I look for in Pinot, but too often find in Cali Pinots. I couldn't go over 86 points myself.
It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...
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Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
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