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|Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2015 (based on 1 user opinion)|
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Community Tasting Notes (average 7 notes) - and median of 89 pts. in hiding notes with no text
| ||Tasted by n2wine on 9/30/2012 & rated 89 points: Good fruit flavor. A little heat, but overall, a good wine. (839 views)|
| ||Tasted by ntrubee on 8/5/2012 & rated 88 points: Nice fruit. Good bit of oak on open but smooths out. Should have waited to open this (791 views)|
| ||Tasted by ldluttrell on 7/24/2012 & rated 90 points: Smooth and easy drinking (832 views)|
| ||Tasted by GoodfellaWizeguy on 5/21/2012 & rated 87 points: Bouquet of plum and strawberries. Could taste some Blackberries and other dark fruits. I don’t drink a lot of Pinots so take this with a grain of salt, but to my taste the wine seemed over oaked. The oak did moderate over the course of an hour. (911 views)|
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Pinot Noir Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
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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California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.
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