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Samsara Rancho La Vina Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • V91
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Winemaker Notes

Deep, powerful wine redolent of tar, violets, licorice, and black cherries, all of which come together on a powerful, focused frame. Round sweet and polished through to the finish, the La Vina shows off considerable class and pedigree. All it needs is more time in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.

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WE 93
Wine Enthusiast

Ripe and complex, offering a wealth of cranberry, cherry, cola and pomegranate fruit flavors, spiced with clove and cinnamon. Silky and tart now, with some furry tannins. Just lovely, but should develop over the next 6–8 years.

ST 93
International Wine Cellar

Vivid ruby-red. High-pitched aromas of raspberry and fresh rose, with a strong overlay of Asian spices. Silky, sweet and energetic, offering lovely red fruit and spicecake flavors that expand with air. Fruit-driven and pure on the finish, which clings with serious tenacity. I really like this wine's blend of power and vivacity.

V 91
Vinous / Antonio Galloni

The 2009 Pinot Noir Rancho La Vina Vineyard is a deep, powerful wine redolent of tar, violets, licorice, and black cherries, all of which come together on a powerful, focused frame. Round sweet and polished through to the finish, the La Vina shows off considerable class and pedigree. All it needs is more time in bottle.

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Samsara

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Samsara, , California
Samsara
Samsara is a Sanskrit word meaning the eternal cycle of life. The world we live in now. One of passion, oneness and harmony. This idea is key to the philosophy of Chad and Mary Melville's Samsara wines. Chad and Mary produce limited releases of Pinot Noir and Syrah from micro-sites within carefully selected vineyards.

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Home to some of the most sought-after Cabernet Sauvignon in America...

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Home to some of the most sought-after Cabernet Sauvignon in America, Napa Valley’s Oakville district covers the stretch of valley floor and foothills between the Vaca and Mayacamas Mountains. This AVA is home to the legendary To Kalon Vineyard as well as many powerhouse wineries including Screaming Eagle, Silver Oak, Robert Mondavi, and Opus One. The climate is generally warm and agreeable and the soil is well-drained, resulting in year after year of favorable vintages.

Cabernet here is often bottled varietally but is also popular in [Bordeaux blends]. Oakville wines are known for their rich texture, structured tannins, dark and brooding fruit, often with a healthy dose of new oak. These age-worthy and prestigious wines are favored by collectors throughout the world.