92 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2011
(raised in all Francois Freres barrels, 60% of them new): Bright ruby-red. Captivating aromas of cherry-vanilla, licorice, mocha and smoky Indian spices. Sweet, concentrated
and chewy, with powerful but lithe dark fruit flavors and a sexy note of allspice. Displays a very suave aromatic character and finishes with silky, fully integrated tannins and impressive length.
89 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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