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ProducerSand Hill
VarietyPinot Noir
VineyardDurell Vineyard
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationSonoma Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2014 (based on 4 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Sand Hill Pinot Noir Durell on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.7 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 17 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by UpfromtheCellar on 11/21/2014 & rated 88 points: A savory fruity smokey version of an overthetop C-noir but with just (just) enough acids left to keep it lively and somewhat interesting. Medium bodied, interesting finish.

At 7 years old this wine is not going to get any better so suggest you drink up now. (353 views)
 Tasted by Malibu wino on 4/19/2014 & rated 92 points: Ridiculously good wine for the money. (602 views)
 Tasted by fmoehl on 1/17/2013: great wine, loved it (1372 views)
 Tasted by Vinovelo on 12/30/2012 & rated 92 points: Decanted but sipped immediately. First taste was quite good. After 10 minutes balanced complexity and depth appeared. Far better than the first bottle a couple of weeks ago. (1222 views)
 Tasted by landa73 on 12/25/2012 & rated 91 points: Amazing pinot. Cedar and pencil with red fruit on the nose. Strawberry with touch of earth and slight tannin. Excellent. (1324 views)
 Tasted by sellerscellar on 12/11/2012 & rated 91 points: Last bottle must have been a bit off, but it was a PNP. This bottle however was decanted about 1+ hours before drinking. That made all the difference in the world. Nice, fruit-forward, new world style. Fresh and tart red fruit. This still has quite a bit of life left in it. Drink or hold for another 2+ years. (1019 views)
 Tasted by SMZ on 9/20/2012 & rated 93 points: My last bottle....wish I had bought more; beautiful wine (873 views)
 Tasted by SMZ on 4/10/2012 & rated 92 points: Beautifully crafted... Same as prior notes; this wine made the Wall Street Journal super dozen wines of the year .... Too bad I didn't buy a case. (728 views)
 Tasted by SMZ on 2/12/2012 & rated 92 points: Georgeous nose with vanilla notes; this wine was vibrant and full of life...extremely flavorful (479 views)
 Tasted by air guitar & pinot noir on 12/25/2010 & rated 91 points: Fresh and sappy still with wild berry aromas and flavors. Cherry, plum and lavendar scents as well with complex and rich aromas and flavors. Fleshy and supple with an extended finish. Juicy without being simplistic. Some earthiness and savory notes in addition to the juicy fruit. Nice contrasts and balance overall. (721 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 6/27/2010 & rated 88 points: 2010 Pinot Days Grand Tasting (plus trade tasting); 6/25/2010-6/27/2010 (Fort Mason, San Francisco, California): Earthy, black fruit, charcoal nose; earthy, black fruit, charcoal palate; medium finish (2550 views)
 Tasted by air guitar & pinot noir on 9/24/2009 & rated 91 points: Medium to dark garnet. Extremely aromatic, almost floral or perfume on the nose. Very elegant and stylish. Subdued dried currant, earth and mushroom. Very sweet and savory and complex. Darke berry fruit on the finish. (704 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Allen Meadows
Burghound, January 2011, Issue #41
(Sand Hill Wines Pinot Noir - Durell Vineyard Villages Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (6/27/2010)
(Sand Hill Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard) Earthy, black fruit, charcoal nose; earthy, black fruit, charcoal palate; medium finish  88 points
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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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