91 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2012
Bright ruby-red. Spicy cherry and raspberry on the perfumed nose, with complicating notes of black pepper, musky herbs and potpourri. Focused, taut red fruit flavors show very good depth and pick up sweetness with air. Silky tannins build with air and add grip to the tight, juicy, spice-accented finish.
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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