2009 Cartha Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
91 Points | International Wine Cellar , July 2011
Dark, bright red. Complex aromas of dusty cherry and sandalwood complemented by pepper, flowers and herbs. At once sappy and velvety, with nicely concentrated red fruit and spice flavors offering considerable immediate appeal. This deep, rich California pinot finishes with sweet tannins and lovely lingering perfume. Rather Burgundian in style, with moderate alcohol. Made by John Raytek, whose own Ceritas Wines are quickly becoming cult items.
What a wine!
We definitely enjoyed the first bottle. We are hoarding the rest and will use it sparingly.
Bravo wineaccess! Delicious, balanced, concentrated, pinot noir. One of the best of tasted. I should have bought a whole case instead of six bottles. Cheers!
Huge cherry core, smooth, easy drinking, should be great for a few more years. Had same night as Michel Gassier Cercius and it shone brightly, completely different wine and both great in their own ways. This is more charming and immediately satisfying, great rich cherry kind of pinot, not huge elegance but saucy & fun to drink.
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We let this sit for two months after receipt. Crisp flavors. Very nice. We have drunk the case in the last month.
Good, light, CA pinot
Nothing super special, but a nice light pinot, especially by CA standards. Wouldn't want to pay any more for it, but it is fairly priced.
Holding up well after a week
The tannens come out just a hair and the wine gets a bit more complexity, which is a good indicator of its aging potential, which I would say should go for about 10 years or so. The star count is to average out my reviews to the 3-1/2 stars that I think it easily deserves.
Great summer pinot.
Chilled for about 20 minutes in the frig, 93 degrees outside. Very fruit-forward and almost refreshing. Loved this pinot, a good bargain and would buy again. Would rate at 4.5
Smooth. Very good.
We really liked this Pinot. Easy drinking with lots of flavor.
Pleasant and aromatic
I would give it 3-1/2 stars but this system doesn't allow for that, which is quite frustrating. Nice wine, if not something extraordinary. A party pleaser at a very attractive price.
not a great wine for this vintage, but a good value
Very easy drinking wine. Had with pasta and summer sauce which it complimented well. Will work well with anything off of the grill.
Just didn't taste that good.
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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