93 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2009
($75) Good medium red. Crushed black cherry and spices on the nose, with a violet florality emerging with aeration. Broad, concentrated and deep, with lovely lift to the framboise, black tea and forest floor flavors. This very seamless pinot noir grew even richer with air, without losing its shape. Finishes very long, spicy and aromatic, with suave tannins. Time in bottle should bring even more complexity. From the same vineyard as the Ma Douce chardonnay.
93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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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