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2011 Copain Wine Cellars Pinot Noir Wentzel Vineyard Anderson Valley

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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2014

Light, bright red.  Zesty, mineral-tinged scents of redcurrant and strawberry, with subtle woodsmoke and floral notes adding complexity.  Tangy, linear and stony on the palate, offering intense red fruit flavors and a touch of blood orange.  A bitter cherry pit quality gives bite to the finish, which is framed by silky, slow-building tannins.  No excess fat here but no lack of fruit either.

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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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