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Professional Ratings: 94 Wine Enthusiast
Region: Carneros, California
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Style: Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Item no. 122129
The cool 2010 vintage resulted in beautiful fruit, with richness and elegance in perfect balance. This Estate Pinot Noir is ruby in color, with aromas of raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, and black pepper. The palate is loaded with cherry and berry, with notes of rose petal and clove. Plush tannins round out the finish, with rich berry flavors lingering.
This very interesting wine treads a delicate balance between exuberantly ripe persimmons and cherries, and earthier notes of red tomatoes. But those tomatoes are rich and satisfying, like summer heirloom varieties picked fresh off the vine that are sweet as a peaches. Veteran Stemmler, who can usually be depended on to turn out serious Pinot Noir, has succeeded here, giving us a delicious wine for drinking now, but one whose balance should protect it for 6–8 years.