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 Vintage2003 Label 1 of 12 
ProducerSaintsbury (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
SubRegionNapa / Sonoma
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UPC Code(s)732458950735

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2005 and 2007 (based on 2 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.1 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 27 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Tarrant on 10/13/2008 & rated 85 points: Decent Pinot, but had characteristics of other grapes in the sense that it was 'bigger' than most Pinot's we've had of late (Petit Sirah/Syrah?), not as refreshing and perhaps a bit past it's time as the fruit seems to have waned - It was dark red, medium bodied with notes of plum, cherry, spice and vanilla on the nose, decent overall structure, quite tannic still with the fruit taking a back seat on the front palate, smooth on the finish with medium length (85 Points). (1397 views)
 Tasted by NPBWineGuy on 12/28/2007 & rated 89 points: A pleasant surprise. Smooth and light with strawberry overtones. Nice finish. (1705 views)
 Tasted by sunalsorises on 12/8/2007 & rated 87 points: Interesting pinot. More old world than fruit forward CA pinot from Sonoma and Santa Barbara. Fruit at the tip but the finish is short. (1732 views)
 Tasted by kcsteve on 6/15/2007 & rated 89 points: Beautiful light ruby. Sour,tart cherry with a hint of earthyness and vanilly. Medium heat. Last of my stash. Shared with friends and all enjoyed this bottle. (2208 views)
 Tasted by bmarshall on 5/28/2007 & rated 90 points: I thought that this was a very nice Pinot... medium ruby red color. Nose of strawberry, cherry and some minerals. Medium bodied palate has lots of red fruit, some minerals, fresh acidity and a solid finish. Not overly coomplex, but a nice expression of a Cali Pinot. (1855 views)
 Tasted by kleinahoe on 5/10/2007 & rated 88 points: good drinking wine for the middle of the week (1331 views)
 Tasted by wabi47 on 2/2/2007 & rated 84 points: smooth glycerin makes mouthfeel very nice; the oak/vanilla is a bit much for the modest bing cherry and earth base; not complex enough to hold much longer, as you will only get more vanilla than fruit; ok with food; (1589 views)
 Tasted by SuitePhoto on 1/23/2007 & rated 89 points: Typical Saintsbury lightness – in the glass and on the pallet. Nice cherry flavors, but not overly complex. (1739 views)
 Tasted by kcsteve on 1/18/2007 & rated 89 points: 4th Bottle consumed in the past 12 months. This was the best of the lot. Wine had settled down a bit. Heat was not as great as in prior bottles, and the cherry aroma and taste was more forward. (2010 views)
 Tasted by Dusty Bear on 1/1/2007 flawed bottle: Corked. (1732 views)
 Tasted by kcsteve on 10/22/2006 & rated 88 points: Aroma is consistently cherry with Saintsbury. Carried through to tart or sour cherry on the palate. Heat in throat. Great cherry finish but not long. Bit of oak, not overdone at all. One of our favorite food wines. 4th bottle tasted at our Fall Wine Tasting. (2177 views)
 Tasted by dbarco on 9/30/2006 & rated 88 points: Medium body, noticeable acidity and alcohol. Nice rounded cherry and plum flavors, some spice and earthiness. Enjoyed it with grilled halibut with vegetable ratatouille. (1979 views)
 Tasted by kcsteve on 9/27/2006 & rated 88 points: As always, a solid Pinot. Cherry with sweek oak. Nice mouthfeel. I have always loved the cherry finish of this wine. Great wine for about any food. I always have a few of these on hand for a "food emergency" or just to share with friends over conversation. (2377 views)
 Tasted by VinoDude on 8/14/2006 & rated 89 points: Wonderful bottle at a great price. (2212 views)
 Tasted by tendring on 7/13/2006 & rated 87 points: Medium pinot colour with no age.
Slightly dumb nose with some gentle fruit.
Luscious fruit in the mouth, soft tannins, good balance, good length, will peak in five years. (104 views)
 Tasted by JonGray on 7/6/2006 & rated 95 points: Intense Bouquet Of Jammy SWEet Cherry Fruit Intermixed With Loamy Soil, Subtle New Oak, Apple Skin, And Spice. It Is Fleshy And Medium-bodied, With Good Underlying But Unobtrusive Acidity As WEll As Tannin. This Is A Delicious Pinot...(WA) (489 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 7/4/2006 & rated 87 points: This bottle enhanced a multitude of foods at La Fondue. Everything from the swiss cheese fondue to ostrich broiled in garlic butter to chocolate. A good choice for a special occasion where one doesn't know what's for dinner! (2123 views)
 Tasted by kcsteve on 7/4/2006 & rated 88 points: Not powerful, but a consistent wine from Saintsbury (2398 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 4/11/2006 & rated 88 points: Very pleasant. Not spectacular, but nice. Great mouth-feel. (2308 views)
 Tasted by MichaelJennings on 3/26/2006 & rated 88 points: Initial off odors blew away, revealing a modest, rather straightforward cherry-scented bouquet. Rather nice mouth feel: velvety but not too soft. A nice bottle at a fair price. (2314 views)
 Tasted by Swirlygirl on 1/18/2006: good. will try this one again. the nose was fantastic, with bright red fruit and wet trampled leaves. upon tasting it, the fruit was perky but not overwhelming and it had a softer mouth feel. this is an elegant wine, certainly not complex or deep by any means, but is very approachable and friendly. (2526 views)
 Tasted by Gulelin on 1/12/2006 & rated 89 points: Fruity aroma. Great balance (tasting note from journal). (1015 views)
 Tasted by mjayer on 12/31/2005 & rated 88 points: Very good pinot. Smooth dark red cherry flavours with nicely integrated sweet-oak. Just a touch of wet-earth. Not terribly complex, but done in a nice clean style (not overblown or jammy). Great food wine. (2557 views)
 Tasted by jrufusj on 9/30/2005: 2005 Fall Vendors Sale (Tokyo American Club): Strong initial whiff of sweet wood on nose, which gives way to bright red fruit and a little herb. Very clean and bright. Theme continues on the palate, where the wine has reasonable concentration, but very little weight. A little mineral joins the red fruit on the finish, where the oak again becomes a wee bit intrusive. Experience with prior vintages suggests the oak should integrate. If it does, this should become a good example of a clean, elegant, bright red-fruit pinot with just a little mineral to mix things up. (3150 views)
 Tasted by peternelson on 9/9/2005 & rated 88 points: Heritage: Balanced, big, ripe flavors. Good (294 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Gregory Walter
PinotReport, Issue #37 (4/15/2006)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, January/February 2006, IWC Issue #124
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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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