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2011 Samsara Pinot Noir Cargasacchi Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2013

(50% whole clusters and 50% new oak):  Bright ruby-red.  A highly perfumed nose presents fresh raspberry, lavender, pungent herbs and smoky minerals.  Alluringly fresh and sweet, with deep but lively red berry liqueur flavors, a hint of blood orange and tangy minerality that gains strength with air.  Finishes sappy, sweet and very long, with sly tannins making a late appearance and fading quickly into the wine's lush fruit.

94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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