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2008 Solena Estate Pinot Noir Guadalupe Vineyard Dundee Hills
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2010

($45) Bright ruby-red. Cherry-cola, blackberry, anise and dried violet on the nose, with subtle smoke and Indian spice qualities adding complexity. Broad, fleshy dark berry flavors are nicely framed by tangy minerality and fine-grained tannins, which are absorbed by the fruit on the back end. Finishes with excellent clarity and fruit-driven persistence. Structured to evolve slowly but there's also a lot of expressive dark fruit that will allow for mid-term, guilt-free drinking. This vineyard is one of the rare Oregon sites that is planted completely to the Wadensvil clone.

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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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