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2009 Saintsbury Pinot Noir Toyon Farm Carneros
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About Saintsbury

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 Toyon Farm Carneros

Producer: Saintsbury
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Pinot Noir
Origin: California
Region: Other California
Appellation: Carneros

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87(+?)? Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011

Good full red.  Rather low-toned aromas of plum, mocha and smoke; just this side of jammy.  A bit unforthcoming in the mouth, with a restrained sweetness to the red fruit, cola and spice flavors.  Finishes with dusty, slightly dry-edged tannins.  Doesn't quite come alive today.

92 Points | Wine Spectator
88 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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another good one from Sainsbury
by danm
just opened this one lat evening 2/19/15. Just about perfect, and I enjoy wines with a little bit of age to them.


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About Carneros

Carneros straddles the borders of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys on the north coast of San Pablo Bay. This appellation has thin soils and receives little rainfall. As the sun heats up the vineyards and mountainsides of Napa Valley to the north, the rising hot air draws cool air and fog over Carneros from the ba
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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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