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2010 Chad Pinot Noir Carneros
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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September 2011

Bright medium red.  Cool aromas of sour cherry, blueberry, menthol and exotic flowers.  Supple and sweet but tangy, with bracing acidity giving this midweight pinot a distinctly juicy character.  Quite dry and grown-up, and not overoaked.  Vibrant, food-friendly pinot under twenty bucks is a gift.  (ST)

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Improved with age
by Solomon14048793
When I originally purchased a case of this wine in mid-2011, it was with an earlier vintage (2008) in mind, one that I had thoroughly enjoyed. I opened a bottle of it that fall, and I was tentatively disappointed. I assumed it was simply too young. Then, over three years later, I took a bottle of it with me to a favorite restaurant to enjoy with a fine filet mignon on New Year's Eve (12/31/2014), confident that it would reward my patience. I was so pleased with it that I have decided to order a case of Chad's 2012 offering.
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by Golubeva14105281
Bright pellucid ruby color, light yet intriguing sour red cherry flavor. Alcohol is almost imperceptible. Surprised at how impressive a wine with no body can be. Have to hand it off to the enologist/conjuror in charge.

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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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