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2008 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Balcombe Vineyard Block 1B Dundee Hills
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2010

($50) Vivid ruby. Intense aromas of black raspberry, cherry-cola and spicecake, with a sexy floral overtone. Fresh, sappy, palate-staining red fruit flavors are accompanied by notes of mocha and star anise, plus a late hint of candied rose. This structured wine is showing good complexity already, and finishes with strong grip and spicy persistence. Green told me that the Balcombe wines are the only ones that don't see any Allier oak as "the fruit needs something stronger, like Nevers." Incidentally, Green and Anderson only work with a single barrel-maker, Cadus.

92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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