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2012 Solena Estate Pinot Noir Grande Cuvee Willamette Valley
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by Lamkin14024976
Nice Pinot Noir, non-expert notes: low acidity; 'sweet' smooth tannins, nice on the back-end, nice berry notes.
Still really young... promising!
by Champagne214990
Waddaya mean bitter? Only if you have no experience with aerating and waiting a bit! Yes, it's young and tannic and chewy... even brawny, for now. But it's really good Pinot in a Burgundian style. Have patience with this one. PATIENCE, as in cellaring.... yes, the kind where you wait for a bit before drinking it. This is VERY reminiscent of a bunch of '82 Burgundies (mostly Pommard and Volnay, some Beaune and Vosne Romanee) which were still young and tough when I bought 'em on site from the producers in '85... and then by '88 to '90 came into their own and were flat out wonderful for about ten more years. Popped one and aerated prior to having w 5-spice Turkey breast... got to agree with the Wine Access guys, this one is going to be really, really good down the road. And it is a little riper and more concentrated than the afore mentioned burgundies, and so may be even better. And after the aeration and a little waiting, pretty darn good even now, if still young. If you need opulence when it's still young drink your California pinots now. They won't hold up half as well as this one.
by Muscat594503
I found this wine mostly underwhelming. The selling point was that the region was wonderful and wine lovers should snatch up as much of this Pinot as they could. I found it to be just OK and not much depth or characteristic flavor of a Pinot. Having said that, crack open a bottle and drink it first. Do not drink it after you've enjoyed a more complex wine.


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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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