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2009 Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir Ampelos Sta. Rita Hills
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92(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2011

Bright ruby-red.  Powerful, spice-accented aromas of black raspberry, cherry and sassafras.  Bitter cherry and dark berry flavors stain the palate and show serious structure as well as energy.  Extremely young but promising pinot with excellent finishing thrust and spicy persistence.  Like the 3-D bottling, this really deserves patience.

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