In 1977, David Graves and Richard Ward met for the first time in a oenology class at UC Davis. Both Pinot Noir lovers, they decided to start bottling their own. By 1981 they had released their first vintage, 2000 cases from purchased Carneros grapes.
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2009 Saintsbury Pinot Noir Cerise Vineyard Anderson Valley
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Pinot Noir
Region: Other California
88(+?)? Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011
Good full red. Pungent red and darker fruit aromas complemented by smoke and fresh herbs. Firmly structured and a bit youthfully bound-up, showing flavors of dark cherry, spices and herbs. With its brisk acidity, this pinot is currently showing less early sweetness than the Stanly Ranch bottling and needs a year or two of patience.
90 Points | Wine Spectator
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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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