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Community Tasting Notes (20) Avg Score: 90.1 points

  • 13.0% alcohol. This just continues to roll along. A terrific bottle of Pinot. Light red cherry color. Gorgeous nose of red cherry fruit, light spice, and pronounced floral notes. In the mouth, linear and leading with red cherry fruit, spiked with excellent acidity, floral notes, and underlying spice. Smooth finish. A balanced, complete wine that is starting to show its upside. A-

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  • The Vineyard Lunch Gang Visits Saralee's + 97 Pentagon & 02 Trenton: Probably my favorite of the flight although the most closed. Doesn't show a lot of stuffing but should become a pretty and balanced pinot. My guess is it should be consumed over the next few years.

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  • Cloudy light ruby color with lots of thrown sediment. The bouquet was a highlight of the wine- really pretty tertiary notes of mushroom, tea and clove, along with fig and strawberry fruit. Lots of sweet spice on the palate- cinnamon and clove were prominent, along with red cherry fruit. Some mineral and earthiness lingered in the background. Awkward at first, the flavors developed with air and the wine gained texture, although it was very light and dainty throughout in both tannins and acid. Ultimately for me this was a little clumsy, both in the prominence of sweet spice flavors, and in an overall lacking structure. Perhaps this is in an awkward stage (I really wanted to love this), but I just didn't detect the acid and structure to tie it all back together.

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  • 13.0% alcohol. Light red cherry color. Gorgeous nose of red cherry, mushroom, and spice. In the mouth, the picture of elegance in a red cherry frame. Bright acidity. Some tannic bite on the back end. This is a very pretty, bright, lovely wine that is just starting to hit its stride. Pretty gorgeous and with great upside. A-

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  • Had put my last bottle of the 07 aside for some time to see how it would evolve. The aromas of strawberry, cherries, flowers, spice, and clove were still evident but much more elegant in taste as the sweetness had calmed down. Very happy to have let this rest.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2010, IWC Issue #150, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Joseph Swan Vineyards Pinot Noir Saralee's Vineyard Russian River Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/18/2011, (See more on 90 points

    (Joseph Swan Vineyards Pinot Noir Saralee's Vineyard) Raspberry, light oak nose; raspberry, berry palate; medium-plus finish

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