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2007 Sand Hill Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard

Sonoma Valley more

11/21/2014 - UpfromtheCellar wrote: 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.

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2005 Sand Hill Chardonnay Durell Vineyard

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6/28/2014 - hanasowner wrote: 92 points

Popped and let sit in some ice for an hour before the first pour. So smooth and light...cream soda and herbal notes...and the finish was fantastic. Aged very well.

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2007 Sand Hill Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard

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4/19/2014 - Malibu wino Likes this wine: 92 points

Ridiculously good wine for the money.

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Red

2006 Sand Hill Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard

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2/24/2013 - beekeeper wrote: 88 points

Earthy profile. Much better than previous bottle. Original Bandaid like background flavor evolving towards forest floor and cola. Might yet improve still with time.

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2007 Sand Hill Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard

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1/17/2013 - fmoehl wrote: NR

great wine, loved it

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Red

2007 Sand Hill Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard

Sonoma Valley more

12/30/2012 - Vinovelo wrote: 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.

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2007 Sand Hill Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard

Sonoma Valley more

12/25/2012 - landa73 wrote: 91 points

Amazing pinot. Cedar and pencil with red fruit on the nose. Strawberry with touch of earth and slight tannin. Excellent.

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Red

2007 Sand Hill Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard

Sonoma Valley more

12/11/2012 - sellerscellar wrote: 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.

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Red

2007 Sand Hill Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard

Sonoma Valley more

9/20/2012 - SMZ wrote: 93 points

My last bottle....wish I had bought more; beautiful wine

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Red

2007 Sand Hill Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard

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4/10/2012 - SMZ wrote: 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.

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2007 Sand Hill Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard

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2/12/2012 - SMZ wrote: 92 points

Georgeous nose with vanilla notes; this wine was vibrant and full of life...extremely flavorful

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Red

2008 Sand Hill Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard

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3/27/2011 - air guitar & pinot noir wrote: 92 points

Big and dark in color. Great aromatics of forest floor and funk. Has that classic Pinot aroma coupled with depth and masculinity without being overwhelming. Great balance and full of wonderful fruit. Both black and red berries with ripe notes throughout. Just consistent and delicious.

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2007 Sand Hill Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard

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12/25/2010 - air guitar & pinot noir wrote: 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.

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2007 Sand Hill Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard

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9/24/2009 - air guitar & pinot noir wrote: 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.

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Red

2006 Sand Hill Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard

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10/2/2010 - air guitar & pinot noir wrote: 90 points

Purple and magenta colors with an enticing aroma of vivid balck cherry, black currant and plum with rose petals and violets in the background. Solid and tense on the palate with dark fruit, earth and nice acidity. Some bramble and briar with hints of minerality. Satin feel on the palate.

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2006 Sand Hill Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard

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7/30/2010 - air guitar & pinot noir wrote: 90 points

Purple and magenta in color. Bouquet of vivid black cherry, black currant and plum. Palate includes intense black fruit flavors balanced by vivid acidity. Also some bramble, briar and underlying minerality as well. Satin like texture and enduring finish.

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Red

2005 Sand Hill Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard

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9/17/2010 - air guitar & pinot noir wrote: 93 points

Interesting to see how this has evolved from my last set of tasting notes on this wine. This presented more muted black fruit with some spice and earth. It presented a mineral and dry mouthfeel compared to the younger version. Medium weight and still good level of acidity.Some blackberry, leather and must leading to a persistent finish. I would rate this around 90 points at this point versus my higher earlier rating of this wine.

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2005 Sand Hill Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard

Sonoma Valley more

10/8/2007 - air guitar & pinot noir wrote: 93 points

This is a big and delicious Pinot from Brian Loring. Earth, toast, wild berries and chocolate.Creamy mouthfeel with wild blackberries and nuances of cocoa and a bit of vanillla. Long smooth length with some creamy vanilla lingering behind.

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2003 Sand Hill Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard

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4/17/2006 - air guitar & pinot noir wrote: 91 points

Drank this wine as we finished off the IPNC/Oregon scrapbook product. It was certainly a nice way to finish this project, even though this Pinot hails from the Sonoma Valley. The Durell Vineyard is well known and regarded and probably accounts for the steeper price of this product. This was a smooth elegant and well-balanced bottle of wine. It was similar to the bottle of Taz Pinot Noir ingested this same evening. (see Taz notes) If I am a bit less than enthusiastic in my assessment it is only due to the price difference between these bottles which were tasted next to each other on the same evening. The Sand Hill may have had a better and longer lasting finish but they were certainly similar in silky mouthfeel, medium weight and excellent balance. I would like to try this wine again to be able to more accurately judge it on its own merits.

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2005 Sand Hill Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard

Sonoma Valley more

1/7/2011 - Cammiedb wrote: 91 points

Smooth and soft Pinot. Medium finish.

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2005 Sand Hill Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard

Sonoma Valley more

6/27/2010 - Richard Jennings wrote: 89 points

2010 Pinot Days Grand Tasting (plus trade tasting); 6/25/2010-6/27/2010 (Fort Mason, San Francisco, California): Nice floral, dried cherry nose; maturing, dried cherry, orange palate; medium finish

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2007 Sand Hill Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard

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6/27/2010 - Richard Jennings wrote: 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

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2006 Sand Hill Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard

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6/1/2010 - HemiCuda wrote: 91 points

nice, understated nose with Rhubarb, raspberry, strawberry, graphite, orange zest and spice but with a tiny note of green wood. Good follow through on the palate, a bit of disjointed toasty, baby bottom'd oak/fruit competition but with a good, even, long finish. Could use a bit more acid punch on the entry/midpalate. All in all flavors and nose rocked but needs to spend a little time in Europe with a Eurorail pass for structure to develop and find itself.

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2003 Sand Hill Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard

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1/28/2006 - Richard Jennings wrote: 90 points

Tangy, iodine, sea foam, savory nose; tasty, light cherry, lime palate with good acidity; short-medium finish

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