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 Vintage2007 Label 2 of 4 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2009 vintage.)
ProducerParaiso Vineyards (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
SubRegionCentral Coast
AppellationSanta Lucia Highlands
OptionsShow variety and appellation
UPC Code(s)022847002306

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2009 and 2013 (based on 16 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.9 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 192 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by gpatramanis on 4/3/2015 & rated 84 points: past it's prime. (316 views)
 Tasted by cbrachfeld on 10/25/2014 & rated 89 points: Continues to hold up very well. Light-medium body, very good varietal character. (585 views)
 Tasted by stewartl on 2/18/2014: Smoked black cherry,graphite, velvety 88 pts (1217 views)
 Tasted by joet626 on 2/22/2013 & rated 92 points: Last bottle of 5 and best I have had over 4 years. Seems to have gotten richer and more full-bodied over time. Lots of cherry taste. Very good. (2404 views)
 Tasted by ksnj on 11/27/2012 & rated 92 points: My last bottle of this classic Pinot. (2775 views)
 Tasted by DTWOB on 10/26/2012 & rated 88 points: Not as good as I remember back two years - maybe it has peaked? (2768 views)
 Tasted by sellerscellar on 10/8/2012 & rated 90 points: Very nice SLH point. But beware, if you like burgundy, this is not the pinot for you. VERY much a new world wine. Extremely fruit-forward, but still delicious. (2573 views)
 Tasted by will2wine on 10/6/2012 & rated 90 points: Amazingly for a $17 bottle, this was still tightly strung. Could go another year or two. (2059 views)
 Tasted by Pour Boy on 7/31/2012 & rated 93 points: There are many "very good" wines that make the transition to "excellent" and even "outstanding" with just a few years in the cellar. This is one of them. Exceptional bottle tonight -- wonderful nose of cherry, with classic California Pinot Noir profile on the palate. I love how supple and smooth this wine is, and I love the hint of tartness on the finish. Well done, Paraiso. Sadly, my last bottle . . . (1666 views)
 Tasted by winopops3 on 6/20/2012 & rated 88 points: Cloying sweetness has been largely supplanted by earthiness and dark cherry. Pretty tasty. (1456 views)
 Tasted by joet626 on 5/1/2012 & rated 90 points: Very nice. Cola, cherry taste. Quite complex. (1596 views)
 Tasted by JSolo on 3/30/2012 & rated 90 points: Still very good. Taste the cherries. (1437 views)
 Tasted by cbbrown3 on 1/25/2012 & rated 88 points: A medium ruby color with lightening at the rim. Cherries, baking spices, forest floor, and a bit of vanilla on the nose. Medium body with soft, ripe tannins and very nice acidity. Spicy, tart cherries with just a bit of earthiness in the background. Medium length finish. Drinking well now, but probably needs killed off in the next year. (2222 views)
 Tasted by joet626 on 1/8/2012: Good. Hearty and Full-bodied. A little rough around the dges but a good solid bottle (2249 views)
 Tasted by joet626 on 1/8/2012 & rated 89 points: Good. Hearty and Full-bodied. A little rough around the dges but a good solid bottle (2285 views)
 Tasted by Barry Notes on 11/26/2011 & rated 87 points: PnP. Clear, med ruby/red color. Decent wine, med body, light finish, nothing off. good every day juice. Nothing off. (2734 views)
 Tasted by JSolo on 11/24/2011 & rated 90 points: Very good with Thanksgiving dinner. 3 bottles consumed (2495 views)
 Tasted by cbbrown3 on 9/9/2011 & rated 86 points: Medium ruby color. Forest floor, cherry, baking spices, and a bit of cranberry on the nose. Medium body with soft, ripe tannins and tart acidity. A bit oaky on the palate with cranberries and spice. Fruit had faded a bit and that was the best part of this wine in the past. Shortish finish with earthiness dominating with some spice and cranberries. Either this is a slightly off bottle or it's time to kill this one off, it's a shell of what it was a year ago. (3064 views)
 Tasted by Pour Boy on 9/6/2011 & rated 92 points: Lovely aromas of cherries, followed by berries, earth and spice. Took about one half hour for the tannins to soften, but when they did the wine was soft and supple. Have one bottle left after this one, and wish I had more. (3305 views)
 Tasted by Armando B on 8/17/2011 & rated 86 points: Big scale furit forward Cali pinot. No mistaking it for anything else. Seemed to be in better balance on Days 2 and 3. Not mind-blowing, but nice enough. Hardcore burgphiles will not like. (3257 views)
 Tasted by cbbrown3 on 7/19/2011 & rated 90 points: A medium ruby red color. Earthy, cherries, dried leaves, vanilla, and a hint of oak on the nose. Medium body with soft, ripe tannins and very nice acidity. A bit more oak on the palate and finish than the nose leads you to expect. Finish gets a bit spicier. Nice length. Not one to plan on cellaring for several years, figure next 1 to 2 years. (3485 views)
 Tasted by CdP in NYC on 4/19/2011 & rated 89 points: Again, this was great. I could definitely see it improving with another year on its side. (4313 views)
 Tasted by CdP in NYC on 3/3/2011 & rated 89 points: Excellent wine. Great balance. Consistent w/ prior note, but a 48hr slow-ox reveals an addiitonal note of smoke on the deep palate. (4398 views)
 Tasted by will2wine on 1/23/2011 & rated 89 points: Second bottle confirms this is a fairly serious pinot that still needs time to unwind. Surprising from an entry-level SLH pinot, but there you are. 89+ again. (4753 views)
 Tasted by gwkozar on 1/23/2011 & rated 90 points: medium weight, bright dark cherry, vanilla, opended up very well. (4668 views)
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PinotReport, Issue #59 (8/15/2009)
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Pinot Noir

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Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.


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