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Pinot Noir is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but is a difficult varietal to cultivate and vinify. The grape's tendency to produce tightly packed clusters makes it susceptible to several viticultural hazards, and the thin-skins and low levels of phenolic compounds result in mostly lightly colored, medium-bodied, low-tannin wines. The tremendously broad range of bouquets, flavors, textures and impressions that Pinot noir can produce lends to its overall popularity but also to its misunderstanding. In the broadest terms, the wine tends to display aromas reminiscent of black and/or red cherry, raspberry and to a lesser extent currant and many other fine small red and black berry fruits. Traditional Pinot Noir is famous for its savory fleshiness and 'farmyard' aromas, but changing fashions, modern winemaking techniques, and new easier-to-grow clones have favored a lighter, more fruit-prominent, cleaner style.

Like many other red varietals, the character of the wine depends heavily on where the grapes are grown and how they are vinified, and these distinctions are largely reflected in a New World/Old World dichotomy. The Burgundy region in France, Pinot Noir's place of origin, is renowned for producing the most complex, ageworthy, and esoteric versions. These can range from dark, brooding, densely tannic wines to light, ethereally elegant wines of intensely perfumed character. Fruit profiles often differ as well, but the common denominator in all Burgundy Pinot Noir is the essence of the place in which it grows, coined as the term terroir. The finest examples, after years of proper aging, display haunting aromas and flavors that defy description using refrences of common reference points. The grape has also found highly unique expression in the vineyards of Germany, where it's known as Spätburgund. From the steep slopes of the Ahr Valley to the rolling, pastorl hills of the Pfalz, the country is producing wines with notably vibrant fruit and deep savory character, but also a rugged edge in which the stamp of terroir is also evident.

New World styles of Pinot Noir also vary in their specifics, but in general they are built on a bright, expressive fruit profile. California has several regions that excel with the varietal, most famously the Sonoma Coast AVA and its sub-AVA Russian River Valley. The wines typically display exuberant red cherry and strawberry notes along with the occasional savory spice elements. While these are cool climates by New World standards, Pinot Noir still achieves more consistent ripeness and more viscosity and body as a result. The AVAs of Santa Barbara County also produce outstanding versions with more concentrated savory profile, while Mendocino County's wines tend toward the dark-fruited, earthy profile. Oregon's Willamette Valley is perhaps the most old school of the New WOrld profiles, where fruit is less pronounced and an herbacious forest floor component imparts a touch of terroir on the wines. Perhaps the most exciting New World Pinot Noir wines are now coming from New Zealand, where the Central Otago and Martinborough regions are producing wines of dark fruit character with essentially cool-climate structure and texture, an intriguing, if non-traditional, combination.

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96 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): An intensely floral nose features notes of dried rose petal and lavender along with cool red berry fruit that is liberally laced with earth, spice and menthol nuances. The taut and muscular broad-scaled and concentrated flavors are precise, intense and… ...
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Dujac Clos de la Roche 2010  (#314356)

Pinot Noir from Morey-St.-Denis, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

96 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): An intensely floral nose features notes of dried rose petal and lavender along with cool red berry fruit that is liberally laced with earth, spice and menthol nuances. The taut and muscular broad-scaled and…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 2 available
Made by Laurent Ponsot for l'Hotel de Beaune proprietor Johan Bjorkland. ...
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Domaine & Selection (Ponsot) Chambolle-Musigny Les Hauts-Doix 2010  (#334159)

Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

Made by Laurent Ponsot for l'Hotel de Beaune proprietor Johan Bjorkland.

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93 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): (80% from Charmes proper with the balance from Mazoyères; the two parcels total .8 ha). The presence of the wood treatment is more visible on the exceptionally fresh and pure mix of wild red berry fruit aromas and pungent earth scents. There is excellent power to… ...
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Dupont-Tisserandot Charmes-Chambertin 2010  (#334276)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

93 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): (80% from Charmes proper with the balance from Mazoyères; the two parcels total .8 ha). The presence of the wood treatment is more visible on the exceptionally fresh and pure mix of wild red berry fruit aromas and…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 6 available
'Very good,' PinotFile: 14.1% alc., 915 cases. Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose is closed for business showing primarily oak-driven aromas. Mid-weight core of dark red and black fruits that are flavorful and bright, but less intense and sappy than the 2009 wines. The tannins are… ...
IWC 94
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Kistler Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Cuvee Natalie Silver Belt 2010  (#315378)

Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California

'Very good,' PinotFile: 14.1% alc., 915 cases. Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose is closed for business showing primarily oak-driven aromas. Mid-weight core of dark red and black fruits that are flavorful and bright, but less intense…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 2 available
93 points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): Ash, game, tar, licorice, incense and dark cherries are some of the notes that emerge from the 2010 Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard. A pretty, soft, understated wine, the 2010 also has a hint of wildness running through it. At present, the 2010 is a bit compact… ...
WA 93
IWC 93
WS 93
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Kistler Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Kistler Vineyard 2010  (#315377)

Pinot Noir from the United States

93 points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): Ash, game, tar, licorice, incense and dark cherries are some of the notes that emerge from the 2010 Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard. A pretty, soft, understated wine, the 2010 also has a hint of wildness running…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 4 available
WA 93
IWC 93
WS 93
95 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): The 2010 Gran Enemigo Agrelo Single Vineyard is from clay soils in a cool vintage. The palate is electric, with citric (pomegranate and blood orange) flavors, completely vertical. I like this much better than the 2009 vintage, but I still prefer the wines… ...
WA 95
IWC 92
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Aleanna Gran Enemigo Cabernet Franc Agrelo Single Vineyard 2010  (#702154)

Cabernet Franc from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

95 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): The 2010 Gran Enemigo Agrelo Single Vineyard is from clay soils in a cool vintage. The palate is electric, with citric (pomegranate and blood orange) flavors, completely vertical. I like this much better than…

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'Good,' PinotFile: 15.50% alc., pH 3.67, TA 0.62, 50 cases... Calera selection. 70% whole cluster. Aged 14 months in 50% new French oak barrels. Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Super ripe fruit profile on the shy nose. Full-bodied essence of dark red cherries and berries with a prominent… ...
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Three Sticks Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Silver Eagle Vyd. 2010  (#332263)

Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

'Good,' PinotFile: 15.50% alc., pH 3.67, TA 0.62, 50 cases... Calera selection. 70% whole cluster. Aged 14 months in 50% new French oak barrels. Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Super ripe fruit profile on the shy nose. Full-bodied essence…

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90 points Wine Spectator: Refined and graceful, showing vibrant raspberry, wild berry, wilted rose and crushed rock notes. This is very tight and juicy, and a good bet to gain. Drink now through 2020. 282 cases made. (9/30/13) ...
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Three Sticks Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Durell Vineyard 2010  (#332259)

Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California

90 points Wine Spectator: Refined and graceful, showing vibrant raspberry, wild berry, wilted rose and crushed rock notes. This is very tight and juicy, and a good bet to gain. Drink now through 2020. 282 cases made. (9/30/13)

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WHWC Staff Notes: Not to be missed. This 100% Cabernet Franc displays classic notes of red cherry and black currant, with hints of dried violets, pepper, and licorice. At seven years of age, this perfumed, medium-bodied red shows just how well these wines can and do age. The wine's tannins and acid… ...
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Laffourcade (Perray-Jouannet) Anjou Villages Rouge 2010  (#329111)

Cabernet Franc from Anjou, Loire, France

WHWC Staff Notes: Not to be missed. This 100% Cabernet Franc displays classic notes of red cherry and black currant, with hints of dried violets, pepper, and licorice. At seven years of age, this perfumed, medium-bodied red shows just how well these…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 9 available
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