88(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2012
Deep red. Potent aromas of redcurrant, cherry and dried flowers, with a smoky overtone. Youthfully taut red fruit flavors are precise if slightly dry, but pick up depth and sweetness with air. Tangy, focused and spicy on the finish, with the redcurrant note repeating. This youthfully clenched wine needs some time to stretch out.
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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