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2009 Landmark Vineyards Pinot Noir Grand Detour Sonoma Coast
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Founded by a scion of the John Deere family, Landmark moved to its current spot in the Sonoma Valley in 1989. Since then they've been making consistently rich, complex Chardonnays that are underpriced for their quality...

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2009 Landmark Vineyards Pinot Noir Grand Detour Sonoma Coast

Producer: Landmark Vineyards
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Pinot Noir
Origin: California
Region: Sonoma
Appellation: Sonoma Coast

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89(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011

Deep red.  Complex, vaguely smoky aromas of black raspberry, cherry, black tea and sassafras.  Youthfully taut on entry but turns suave and silky in the middle, showing good intensity and focus to the dark berry and bitter cherry flavors.  The firm finish features good length and harmonious tannins.  This structured, well-balanced and somewhat masculine pinot could use a year or two to stretch out.

89 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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insanely good
02/14/2013
by Saroyan13789105
arguably the best pinot I have tasted
Breathe baby, breathe!
05/10/2013
by Pizarro14005221
Drinks more Oregonian than Californian. Alcohol detrimental to the open. Dark cherry, some cardamom and white oak. When some of the alcohol finally dissipates, it really starts to shine, but it does take significant time. 89 at PnP; 90 by hour 4
02/28/2013
by Baker13481022
Excellent fruity pinot. Not a great deal of complexity, but a very good bottle - will buy this when offered again.

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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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