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2009 Solena Estate Pinot Noir Grande Cuvee Willamette Valley
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89(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2011

Deep red.  Dark cherry, licorice, dried flowers and smoky oak on the nose, with subtle floral nuances emerging with aeration.  Supple and round but a bit backward today, offering firm, slightly dry dark berry flavors and a hint of cracked pepper.  The floral note repeats on the ripe, punchy finish.  This big boy needs a little bottle age.

87 Points | Wine Spectator
89 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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by Blough10674000
nice berry and mineral at the same time
Much better
by Heffernan14008650
This was my review from 1/13/12: "Opened a bottle two weeks after case arrived. Harsh, harsh, undrinkable. Will wait 6 months to open others and report back." Opened a bottle March 20, 2012 --- now over two months since it arrived. Much better. Needed a few minutes to open in teh glass. Smooth, pleasant. Would rate 3.5. Good value.
Keep this a few years
by Granger14033538
This is quite "green" at this point. Keep it for 3 years or so - it should be a special bottle of wine at that point.

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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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