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| ||Tasted by Mrbuzz on 10/28/2013 & rated 93 points: A full throttle, exotic and ripe, yet cool climate structure Sonoma Coast Pinot! Exotic wood smoke and spice....black cherry, raspberry fruit...cherry cola/sour cranberry skin tingle.....wonderful florals...spice garden, dusty tobacco, vanilla bean, dried oranges/roses....alive with crisp acidity and a balanced creamy mouthfeel. Full flavored goodness here.....super stuff! (587 views)|
| ||Tasted by xysonia on 8/4/2013 & rated 92 points: This is a pinot noir that needs to be decanted. Tight and high acidity at the begenning. Upon opening, crimson color, very distinctive strawberry and fragrant floral nose, so fragrant that it might discourage you. The following evening, though, it became beautiful, elegant, complex, with long finish. Not an ordinary pinot noir. (694 views)|
| ||Tasted by drinkingonthejob on 6/27/2013 & rated 88 points: Decent nose with tart cherry mid and hot finish. Much jammier than the Van Der Kamp. Not my favorite wine from this producer, and that's by a significant margin. (633 views)|
| ||Tasted by theseattlecook on 6/13/2013 & rated 88 points: Enjoyed this Sonoma Coast pinot noir with 2 lobster tails at Mamas Fish House in Maui. Purchased before headed to the restaurant in the town of Paia at the Wine Corner. With a $30ish price tag and another $35 corking fee at the restaurant…this pinot was still tasty but not by much. I (MM) tend to prefer pinots from the Sonoma Coast this one however while tasty still needed some age. After 1 hr in a decanter the wine opened up and went down smooth (613 views)|
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.
Sangiacomo VineyardWinemaker Notes:
Green Acres Hill
This vineyard is owned by the prominent wine growing family, the Sangiacomos, and is located in the Carneros appellation, which overlaps the Sonoma Coast appellation. This area is well suited for Chardonnay having both a cool climate and well-drained soils. The Green Acres Hill block was planted to the Sangiacomo Wente selection in 1991. The rocky, well-drained soils are reminiscent of those from Burgundy. The vigor of the vine is kept in check by the shallow, well-drained soils, which in turn maintains low yields. The vines yield less than 7 pounds per vine which is an extremely low yield for Chardonnay. This in turn makes for a very concentrated wine. The characteristics of the wine are concentrated tropical notes.
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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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