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2012 Morlet Family Vineyards Pinot Noir En Famille Sonoma Coast
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2014

(fermented entirely in puncheons):  Medium red, a bit darker than the Coteaux Nobles.  Less fruity and spicy on the nose today, with the strawberry and cherry aromas currently dominated by mocha, graphite and leather.  Much tighter in the mouth as well, but showing a lovely balance between its savory earth and brown spice elements and its deep red fruits.  Best today on the long finish, which reveals sweet tannins and a light touch.  Try this with squab with foie gras en papillote, says Morlet.

90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Pinot Noir

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