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Professional Ratings: 90 International Wine Cellar
Region: Sonoma County, California
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Style: Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume: 13.6%
Item no. 109841
Our 2009 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir has a ruby color with purple highlights and a complex nose of fresh rose petals, lilacs, candied apples, sweet baking spices and a hint of peppermint. It has a rich, broad attack on the palate and notes of caramel, butterscotch and ripe, red fruit. This expressive wine has a balanced finish of fruit, spice, bright natural acidity and fine grained tannins.
Bright medium red. Initially inexpressive on the nose, hinting at dark cherry, cola, underbrush and menthol, but gaining verve as it opened in the glass. Fleshier but less vibrant than the Bien Nacido version, at first dominated by dry and rather uncompromising soil-driven flavors but displaying more red fruits with air. This pinot expanded nicely, showing very good body and tannic support.