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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2010 Saintsbury Pinot Noir Cerise Vineyard Anderson Valley
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Pinot Noir
Region: Other California
89(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2012
Medium red. Slightly reduced, musky aromas of dark raspberry and botanical herbs. Classically dry and rather subdued in the mouth; the most backward of this set of pinots today. Best today on the uncompromisingly dry finish, which shows a fine dusting of tannins and very good length.
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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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