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Pinot Noir

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Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2008

A great follow-up to the 94-point 2007, the 2008 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot is garnet colored and smells like cherry compote and licorice. It builds complexity on the palate, with tangerine, roasted meat and olive flavors carried by bright acidity and a supple structure. This vintage shows crispness and intense fruit on the palate; lush and balanced citrus finish with roundness in mouth feel. Showing very well now. Drinkable now and over the next five years.

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Gary Farrell Carneros Pinot Noir 2009

This Pinot Noir was hand harvested and sourced from some of the most famous vineyards of the Russian River Valley, including Rochioli, Allen and Hallberg. These vineyards are meticulously farmed for us, yielding a wine with depth, concentration and a broad array of flavors.

Shows tremendous concentration and power from this blockbuster vintage. Intense aromas of dark fruits, particularly cherries and plums, are matched with warm spices and a leathery earthiness. The palate shows great depth, weight and acidity with a seductive texture which leads to a balanced finish that confirms the nose. Wonderfully balanced acidity and generous fruit that will pair beautifully with grilled rosemary pork tenderloin.

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Merryvale Carneros Pinot Noir 2009

The grapes for this wine come from our Estate Vineyard on the historic Stanly Ranch, in the Napa area of Carneros, along with select vineyards in Carneros. Now fully mature, our estate vineyard was planted in 2001 with newly available clones that are transforming the quality and character of Carneros Pinot Noir into richer and darker wines. The grapes were handpicked and carefully sorted. The wine was aged for twelve months in French Oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Bright and focused leading to a round, generous mid-palate with moderately bright acidity, notes of cherry, cranberry, and a finish of lingering toasty oak.

93 Points The Pinot Report

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David Bruce Select Pinot Noir 2008

This vintage is a selection of superb Pinot Noir grapes from the Sonoma Coast. The region combines cool ocean climate and sufficient rainfall to promote natural sugar development and flavorful grape acidity. This wine has an expression of red cherry, cranberry and plum coupled with lingering notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and a subtle hint of clove. On the palate, red cherry and plum dominate, with hints of vanilla, citrus, toasted pine nuts. Fine tannin structure and a long finish. For Pinot Noir this really
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La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir develops beautifully in the cool vineyards of the Sonoma Coast. Extending from the Mendocino/Sonoma border down along the coast and through the Russian River Valley, then south to Los Carneros, these vineyards are unified by a common feature: lingering ocean fog and brisk winds that moderate temperatures throughout the growing season and slow the ripening process. The results at harvest are small Pinot Noir berries with firm acidity and highly concentrated varietal aromas and flavors that center on juicy cherry and spice.

A perennial favorite, this Pinot Noir offers aromas of lush cherry and red plum, with subtle hints of black tea and cola. On the palate, flavors are ripe and elegant, centering on red cherry and spice with a touch of earthiness and dark chocolate. A rich, juicy mid-palate and vivid acidity lead to plush tannins on the finish. The result is a fabulous, appealing food wine – enjoy.

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La Crema Sonoma Monterey Noir 2009

The majority of fruit for this vintage was grown on our estate vineyard located on a sloping bench in the Arroyo Seco sub-appellation of Monterey. This unusually planted site was laid out to optimize the sunshine distribution on both sides of the vine, leading to even ripening of fruit clusters. High-density planting (4x3 vine spacing) also contributes to the outstanding quality of this fruit. Vines must push deeper into the soil, creating smaller clusters and berries, lower sugars at physiological maturity with exceptionally balanced pH and acid levels.

What does this mean in the glass? Brooding, earthy aromas meld with juicy ripe plum, punctuated by lovely notes of black tea. The palate echoes the juicy, plum-filled nose, joined by black licorice and cocoa powder. A subtle earthiness leads to a generous, fleshy mid-palate and a smooth, mineral-laced finish.

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Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2009

A blend of Premiere Coastal Grapes: Los Alamos, Rancho Vinedo, Garey, Bien Nacido and Le Bon Climat vineyards. This cuvee really reflects the 2009 vintage with balanced fruit flavors, structure, and surprising richness. Like all ABC Pinots in all price ranges there is sophistication to this wine.

This is an amazing wine for the price. With so many Pinots shooting up in price this is still a perfect by-the-glass wine. Drink this with any grilled meat; the smoky flavors really bring out the best in this wine. The structure of this wine will hold together for many years, it is drinking well right now and will improve and evolve for another 3 or 4 years.

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Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Pinot 2009

2009 was a great vintage for all California appellations and an excellent vintage for Pinot Noir. Light spring rains were followed by warm summer days and no abrupt climate changes at season's end. As a result of these fortuitous conditions, we harvested very high quality fruit with true physiological ripeness and great concentration.

Our 2009 Diamond Collection Pinot Noir offers a rich, velvety texture, profuse aromatics, and a beautiful tapestry of juicy fruits and spice nuances. This wine is delicious when paired with a sautéed mushroom topped salmon steak, herb-rubbed pork chops, or creamy risotto.

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Castle Rock Sonoma County Pinot 2009

Castle Rock Pinot Noir is produced from grapes grown in Sonoma County, which is recognized as one of the finest Pinot Noir growing regions in California. Here, the marine influences from the Pacific Ocean provide cooling breezes which give ideal conditions for Pinot Noir grapes, characterized by rich crisp fruit flavors. This elegant well-balanced wine offers aromas of red fruit and spice. On the palate, there are flavors of plum and cherry with oak nuances, and the finish is long and harmonious.

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Blackstone Pinot Noir Winemaker's Select 2009

Brimming with cherry and raspberry fruit, the 2008 Blackstone Winemaker’s Select Pinot Noir is a classic example of a vibrant, fruit- forward Pinot Noir. Blackstone selected top vineyards from California’s finest growing regions to create a supple, delicious Pinot Noir. The grapes from cool Monterey County and Valley North contribute refined fruit flavors while the fruit from Valley South, Paso Robles, and San Benito County imparts rich, concentrated layers to the blend. The final result is a distinctive and enjoyable California Pinot Noir. The grapes were night harvested and immediately delivered to the winery to maintain acidity and maximum freshness. Subsequently, the fruit was crushed, pressed, and then fermented. The juice then underwent malolactic fermentation in French and American oak barrels to enhance the textural profile and creamy mouthfeel. Displaying a delicate nose of rose petals and red raspberries followed by layers of toasted cinnamon and spice, the 2008 Blackstone Winemaker’s Select Pinot Noir is a balanced wine, with loads of lively raspberry, plum, and vanilla flavors. This medium-bodied Pinot Noir pairs nicely with roasted chicken, grilled salmon, and light cheeses.

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Mark West California Pinot Noir 2009

Enticing aromas of strawberry and raspberry with barrel notes of caramel, vanilla and baking spices. Oak aging rounds out the palate and gives the wine its body. The wine drinks of deep, concentrated raspberry, cherry pie with a touch of cola berry. The wine shows juicy fruit texture and subtle oak.

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Angeline California Pinot Noir 2010

Our Pinot Noir is produced from fruit that abounds with intense fruit and rich aromas. By “cold-soaking” the crushed grapes and fermenting at moderate temperatures, bright fruit flavors are extracted from the grape, without harsh tannins. This Pinot Noir is a lively garnet color with aromas of intense fruit, luscious vanilla and spice. Bright fruit flavors or fresh strawberry, cherry, raspberry and ripe plum are layered with creamy vanilla, smoke, tea spice and toasty oak.

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Silver Ridge Pinot Noir 2009

The 2009 harvest was a week or so earlier this year, but fairly quick, compact and with lower crop yields. Early winter rainfall led to an even growing season with moderate weather conditions throughout the year. Although crop size was down, we harvested beautiful fruit which will produce wines with great intensity. Our Angeline Pinot Noir is produced from fruit that abounds with intense fruit and rich aromas. By cold soaking the crushed grapes and fermenting at moderate temperatures, bright fruit flavors are extracted from the grape, without harsh tannins. This Pinot Noir is aged in French oak barrels for 12 months and has a brilliant ruby color with aromas of strawberry, raspberry and overtones of smoked tea and spice. Bright flavors of strawberry, layered with a subtle touch of vanilla oak

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Cupcake Pinot Noir 2010

Moderated by the Pacific Ocean, the distinctive topography and climate of this sun-drenched region yields some of California’s best world-class wines. We source our pinot noir grapes from some of the finest vineyards on the Central Coast, to ensure the grapes develop in optimum growing conditions--warm days and cool nights. This Pinot Noir was harvested at 24 to 26º brix and then cold soaked for two days at 50ºF. After yeast inoculation, it went through a cool fermentation to preserve the bright cherry fruit. The wine was aged in small American and French oak barrels for up to nine months. Our Cupcake Central Coast Pinot Noir has the bright aroma of cherries that carry through the palate with a touch of red currants and a hint of spice. It’s reminiscent of a cherry cupcake with currant coulis.

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Smoking Loon Pinot Noir 2010

Light garnet in color, fresh crushed raspberries, strawberries, and cranberries are all in the aroma of this bright, fruit-driven Pinot Noir, with a hint of cinnamon stick and spice in the background. On the palate, pomegranate and cranberry fruit have a zesty appeal, paired with the subtle, classic underbrush character that distinguishes Pinot Noir. Moderately light bodied, the soft tannins and fresh acidity strike a nice balance, creating a light fnish with red fruit and a touch of spice. Overall, this red wine shows genuine Californian winemaking at its best, with flavors that are approachable yet entertainingly complex.

Our 2009 Smoking Loon Pinot Noir gets its fresh character from a number of cool climate California growing regions, including Monterey, Anderson Valley, Santa Barbara, and pairs nicely with pork and savory sandwiches. Try a roast pork loin or the ever-popular Thanksgiving turkey-and-cranberry sandwich with this versatile red.

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Rex Goliath Pinot Noir

With an intense American and French oak regime and careful maturation, this wine truly expresses Pinot Noir varietal character. Deep red color and pleasant aromas are offset by a dry, harmonic blend of black cherry with a touch of vanilla that stays on the tongue to produce a pleasant finish. With true varietal flavors and an easy drinking and fruit-forward profile, it reaches a fine balance between soft and subtle, and complex and BOLD.

t is the perfect wine for everyday drinking, and can be paired with a wide variety of food: beef, veal, pork, lamb, chicken, and even fish. I imagine that you’d be hard pressed to find a food pairing that doesn’t work with this wine.

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Woodbridge Pinot Noir 2010

Elegant and seductive, Woobridge Pinot Noir displays silky red fruit and spice flavors that compliment a broad array of foods. Best served with lamb, beef, chicken and salmon.

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