89(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , May 2009
($70) Dullish medium red. Subdued aromas of strawberry, raspberry, orange peel and pepper. Currently spices dominate fruit on the palate, where the wine could use a bit more lift and seems youthfully stunted. Just a tad dry on the back. Doesn�t quite come alive today. These wines had only been bottled in February, so it�s possible this one is shocked today.
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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