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2006 Saxon Brown Pinot Noir Black Kite Vineyard Anderson Valley
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89 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
89 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2009

($47) Medium red. Deep, smoky aromas of dark berries and cherry, with a floral note adding complexity. Candied red and dark berry and lavender flavors stain the palate and are braced by a zesty mineral quality, which adds cut to the back end. Gains weight with air while maintaining energy, finishing with good sweet persistence.

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Pinot Noir

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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