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2011 Evening Land Vineyards Pinot Noir Spanish Springs Sta. Rita Hills
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92 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2013

Brilliant ruby-red.  Pungent, spice- and floral-accented cherry and black raspberry aromas are complicated by notes of spicecake, sassafras and dried rose.  Juicy and precise on the palate, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors that put on weight with air.  Packs a serious punch but shows impressive balance and finesse, finishing spicy, floral and very long, with sneaky tannins adding grip.  This assertively flavored pinot checks in at 12.9% alcohol, by the way.

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Pinot Noir

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