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 Vintage2012 Label 1 of 7 
VarietyPinot Noir
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationSonoma County
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UPC Code(s)091037062055

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2016 (based on 2 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.8 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 23 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by redz on 5/19/2015 & rated 90 points: nice pinot (63 views)
 Tasted by snarfglk on 4/3/2015 & rated 87 points: Sort of thin, a light red fruit PN. Too thin and light for my tastes. (241 views)
 Tasted by corka on 12/23/2014 & rated 91 points: Good QPA for a pinot under $20. Drank w/ Salmon on day 1 and was even was better on day 2. Good structure, showed balance and very nice acidity. (727 views)
 Tasted by vinovin on 12/3/2014 & rated 86 points: Astringent compared to other vintages. Brambleberry on the finish. Light to medium tannins. (880 views)
 Tasted by Winedog1 on 11/2/2014 & rated 88 points: Not as impressed as usual with this bottle. However, my palate may have been impacted by a flawed wine tasted previously. (1109 views)
 Tasted by yofog on 10/17/2014: Pale, sweet fruit on a light body, purple floral fruit, this seems a little simple at first thought natural and charming, but the depth builds as it warms and gains darker fruit notes and cola and tart berries and spice. (1274 views)
 Tasted by hal0 on 10/13/2014 & rated 90 points: PnP. Served a bit too warm. Quite dark in the glass. Aromatic, expressive nose of ripe red fruit, rhubarb pie, baking spices, vanilla. Medium bodied, smooth, sweet and tart red fruit and lots and lots of spice with a finish of tart fruit and oak. A solid wine even at this age. Drinks above its price. (1050 views)
 Tasted by bin905 on 8/26/2014 & rated 90 points: It hit the spot when served chilled on a warm summer evening. Nice blend of flavors, just a little edge, with ample smooth tannins. (1015 views)
 Tasted by RobertDwyer on 3/7/2014 & rated 88 points: Solid and straightforward. Nice, but I was hoping for more given Banshee's track record. (1834 views)
 Tasted by PMAK on 1/17/2014 & rated 88 points: Color is garnet. Moderately aromatic. I get hit with strawberries and spices (vanilla) and I get some earthy notes after it opens up. Has a smooth finish but not very persistent . It definitely attacks with a spicy bite. Moderately crisp (+) with low tannins. Medium bodied. For the price, its a good but I prefer the Meiomi Pinot over this on taste and price. (1576 views)
 Tasted by TriggerFingers on 1/15/2014 & rated 87 points: 1+ hour decant.

While most California wineries haven't even released their 2012's, Banshee comes out with the Sonoma Pinot. Sure its a fairly young wine, but I was curious.

First impression: The nose is pretty nice with red fruit and an aroma of dried flowers. The color is very light and reminds me of the old glass Carbon Tet fire grenades (google image: Shur Stop Red Fire Grenade)-- like a medium cherry red, but just as clear. Its light enough in fact that I could read newsprint through the wine.
Flavor was almost a premature pomegranate note that led to the essence of cherry jolly rancher. By that I mean the finish was like holding a jolly rancher in your mouth for 20 seconds, then spitting it out. What remained is what this wine really reminded me of. Even with a good decant, the tannins really overpowered the delicate fruit much like laying a larger rock on top of the primary flavors.
Granted, its still super young but was awkward in that regard.
Day 2: much mellower, a one note tart cherry wine. This wine wasn't bad, but wasn't great. The QPR is decent and I think it is in the middle of the pack with other $20-25 Pinots. If scoring I would say 86+-87. Solid effort!

Last Words: Good, but better QPR Pinots out there. (987 views)
 Tasted by Euell Gophar on 11/25/2013 & rated 88 points: Takes a long time to lose an unsavory Pinot Noir earthiness but it's worth it. (1803 views)
 Tasted by haonusa on 11/4/2013 & rated 92 points: Very elegant Pinot for the money. beautiful nose of rose petal and forest floor. well balanced. really hard to beat for the price. Case buy. (1565 views)

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By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Sonoma and Beyond: New Releases (Feb 2014)
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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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