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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 10 
TypeRed
ProducerPine Ridge (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
DesignationForefront
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionCentral Coast
AppellationCentral Coast
UPC Code(s)000579515028

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2009 and 2014 (based on 4 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 87.3 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 44 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Mips on 8/21/2012 & rated 88 points: This didn't need aeration at this point. While it did not have the depth of burgundies, it was an extremely pleasant pinot w some dimension. I wouldn't wait another year to drink this. I am sorry it was my last bottle. (3202 views)
 Tasted by sophiesmom on 1/29/2012 & rated 87 points: Aerated into glass. Initial smell was of funk and olives...very strange. Bigger wine than I usually like for a Pinot Noir. Much better after standing in the glass for an hour. Okay, not my favorite, will see how it is today. (4022 views)
 Tasted by MoreWinePlease on 5/12/2011 & rated 88 points: Medium ruby colour. Light nose of strawberry jello. Nice subtle notes of sassafras, sweet oak, fresh parsley and bing cherry show up initially, followed by a medium body of red rasberry and luden's cough drops(well, almost). No off odors, clean, well-made for the style and reasonably priced. Tasted against a similarly priced, '08 Mud House/central otago NZ pinot, which was also good with a slightly longer finish and more of a red pie cherry profile. (5881 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 3/29/2011 & rated 85 points: Lots of fruit, bigger than preferred. (6371 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 3/25/2011 & rated 87 points: Better second day. (6367 views)
 Tasted by Sonoma Style on 1/14/2011 & rated 88 points: Gentle fruit on the nose, slightly acidic on the tongue but gentle finish. Quite enjoyable. Much improved with a longer decant. (4225 views)
 Tasted by wffinn on 11/23/2010 & rated 89 points: Slightly earthy nose but with fruit upfront and a pleasant finish. (4709 views)
 Tasted by Issaquah Mark on 11/19/2010 & rated 89 points: Great value. Very nice wine. (4711 views)
 Tasted by jsturdivant on 10/18/2010 & rated 92 points: Soft fruit balanced with deep loomy soil. Pair extremely well with chicken marsala. Served slightly chilled after being decanted. (4939 views)
 Tasted by pdemaio on 10/9/2010 & rated 90 points: Pdq90 elegant and easy. 08 is an exceptional year for Oregon. (5015 views)
 Tasted by vinordinaire on 10/2/2010: Flat. (5059 views)
 Tasted by hutch on 9/13/2010 & rated 89 points: Solid Pinot Noir. Not over the top. 88-90 (5258 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 9/12/2010 & rated 85 points: Medium Garnet Red color. Aerated into the glass. even with aeration the nose is quite subdued, opening more with some significant time, but still not really alot of fruit, soft cherries and red fruits, slighly perfumed at times. The palate is disjointed, tart, and overwhelmed by the acidity. The fruit is lost in the shuffle here. I didn't get any of the funk that others have mentioned. Maybe aerating helped that anyway. Still, I found this nothing more than tolerable. (5317 views)
 Tasted by eldiabloazul on 8/30/2010 & rated 86 points: Liked it a little more this time. Decanted for 2 hours. (5507 views)
 Tasted by meteor on 8/28/2010 & rated 89 points: good QPR... somewhere between Oregon and Cali. Liked it for thursday (5620 views)
 Tasted by jayjohnson12 on 8/18/2010: Nice. (5620 views)
 Tasted by natehelg on 8/15/2010 & rated 88 points: Very funky at first, but that blew off with about an hour of air. Nice earthy tones, red fruit, medium length. Solid pinot (5692 views)
 Tasted by rickspicks on 8/15/2010 & rated 89 points: I have had over a case of this wine and do not get the funky nose that others seem to find. I feel like I am drinking a different wine than others have described. I do get some earth (not funk) in every bottle and have noticed some bottle variation - especially in regard to perceived acidity. Some have been slightly tart/green while others are smooth and balanced. This last bottle was nicely balanced with mostly dark berry fruit along some typical earth components. Medium body and a smooth mouthfeel. Very enjoyable and still one of my favorite high QPR wines. (5633 views)
 Tasted by kstoddard on 8/12/2010 & rated 86 points: Ruby color. Cherry and cola on the nose and palete. Sharp acidity, Bright cherry finish with some earthiness and a slight tartness. (5746 views)
 Tasted by meteor on 7/1/2010 & rated 88 points: Good... not great. (5996 views)
 Tasted by Teamcrev on 6/10/2010 & rated 79 points: Not impressed. Barnyard nose in an unpleasant sense. Taste was just average. (6069 views)
 Tasted by Mindmuse on 5/25/2010 & rated 86 points: Bright red. Lots of tart cherry and some funk on the nose. The palate however, is wooden and short. After a bit some stemminess and seediness is manifest, which is about the only real interest going on the palate. Not much fruit evident. Had blind and was surprised this was Oregon. (6270 views)
 Tasted by jmcmchi on 5/22/2010 & rated 85 points: Sweet red soft fruit on nose, softish, fair tannins with some cherry on the back of the palate. Very little PN character. United need to get a better offering in the red carpet lounge - they could borrow some ideas from Qantas (6091 views)
 Tasted by eldiabloazul on 5/15/2010 & rated 85 points: OK wine. Seems a bit disjointed. Would not pay 19 bucks for this wine. (6266 views)
 Tasted by mmurry on 4/17/2010 & rated 86 points: Sparklers and Pinot (Farpointe Cellar): The nose had pomegranate and raspberry, cherry, and a little forest floor. The palate was rich and fruity, with cherry, raspberry, and a slightly bitter finish. (6603 views)
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Pine Ridge

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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.

USA

WineAmerica (National Association of American Wineries) | Free the Grapes!

California

California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

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.

Central Coast

Central Coast Wine Growers Association

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http://www.ccwinegrowers.org/links.html
http://www.discovercaliforniawines.com/regional-wine-organizations/
http://beveragetradenetwork.com/en/btn-academy/list-of-winegrowers-association-in-central-coast-california-274.ht

 
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