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| ||Tasted by gutt22 on 2/23/2013: 14.9% alcohol. Bright black cherry color. Rocking nose of ripe black cherry fruit, baking spice, and flowers. In the mouth, rich and velvety, with black cherry and blackberry fruit, with earth, spice, and a floral note. Terrific acidity. Beautifully balanced, on a bit bigger frame, and a long finish with no heat. This is just terrific. A- (521 views)|
| ||Tasted by gutt22 on 6/16/2012: Arguably the most interesting of John's 2010s. Full cherry color. Wonderful nose of red and black cherry, with underlying notes of earth, spice, and flowers. In the mouth, vibrant and balanced, with real verve to the wine, as well as compelling texture. The fruit jumps out at you, pretty and inviting, but it's quickly battling harmoniously with the complex earth and spice notes for attention. Bright acidity. Long finish. A terrific wine. A- (815 views)|
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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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