92 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2011
Bright ruby-red. A highly expressive bouquet of pure red fruits and flowers, with slow-building smokiness and notes of licorice and Asian spices. Fresh, incisive and light on its feet, showing excellent clarity to its strawberry and raspberry flavors. Refreshingly bitter on the finish, with the floral and spice notes echoing with real authority. This year's version is even sexier than the excellent 2008.
91+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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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