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2008 Samsara Pinot Noir Las Hermanas Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills
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92 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2010

($44; 25% whole clusters) Bright red. Pure, assertively perfumed aromas of strawberry, raspberry and rose, with a sexy Asian spice quality and a hint of blood orange. Smells like a ripe Chambolle. Racy and precise, offering sappy red berry and cherry flavors and notes of allspice and cinnamon. Light on its feet but this packs a punch, finishing with echoes of spice and minerals and with excellent persistence.

93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Pinot Noir

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