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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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94 points Wine Enthusiast: From the great vineyard site in Carneros, this 100% varietal wine from the site's oldest vines is earthy, rugged and generous in flavor, oak and heat, with a persistence of structure and tannin. It unfurls itself slowly to show succulent cassis, nutmeg, graphite and… ...
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Arietta Merlot Carneros Hudson Vineyards 2016  (#335773)

Merlot from Los Carneros, Napa Valley, California

94 points Wine Enthusiast: From the great vineyard site in Carneros, this 100% varietal wine from the site's oldest vines is earthy, rugged and generous in flavor, oak and heat, with a persistence of structure and tannin. It unfurls itself slowly to…

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94+ points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): Produced from 100% Cabernet Franc and coming from the Spring Mountain District, the 2015 Cabernet Franc shows a medium to deep garnet-purple color with vibrant red currants and cherries scents over lovely roses, lilac and bouquet garni nuances with a… ...
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Keenan Cabernet Franc Napa Valley Spring Mountain 2015  (#333983)

Cabernet Franc from Spring Mountain, Napa Valley, California

94+ points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): Produced from 100% Cabernet Franc and coming from the Spring Mountain District, the 2015 Cabernet Franc shows a medium to deep garnet-purple color with vibrant red currants and cherries scents over…

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96 points James Suckling: Aromas of blackberries, violets and dark fruits. Very aromatic. Full-bodied, round-textured and very balanced with both firmness and freshness. Energetic at the end. Drink or hold. (5/23/18) ...
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Pahlmeyer Merlot Napa Valley 2015  (#335924)

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

96 points James Suckling: Aromas of blackberries, violets and dark fruits. Very aromatic. Full-bodied, round-textured and very balanced with both firmness and freshness. Energetic at the end. Drink or hold. (5/23/18)

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90 points Wine Spectator: Features a savory edge to the mineral-inflected dried berry flavors, with a creamy richness. The finish offers white pepper notes that are backed by medium-grained tannins. Drink now. (10/31/19) ...
WS 90
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Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley 2016  (#334340)

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

90 points Wine Spectator: Features a savory edge to the mineral-inflected dried berry flavors, with a creamy richness. The finish offers white pepper notes that are backed by medium-grained tannins. Drink now. (10/31/19)

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90 points Wine Spectator: Finely chiseled flavors of red currant, plum and dark cherry are matched to notes of cedar and sandalwood. Offers hints of dried green herbs and beef on the finish. Drink now through 2021. (11/30/18) ...
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Rombauer Merlot Napa Valley Carneros 2015  (#333295)

Merlot from Los Carneros, Napa Valley, California

90 points Wine Spectator: Finely chiseled flavors of red currant, plum and dark cherry are matched to notes of cedar and sandalwood. Offers hints of dried green herbs and beef on the finish. Drink now through 2021. (11/30/18)

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81% Merlot, remainder Syrah, Petite Sirah and Malbec. Barrel aged in a combination of French and Hungarian oak (30% new). Earthy aromas open up into cocoa, blackberry, cedar, and anise. The entry is smooth with flavors of cherry, chocolate, vanilla, and a mild toastiness. The finish is long with… ...
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The Prisoner Wine Co. Merlot Napa Valley Thorn 2015  (#333745)

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

81% Merlot, remainder Syrah, Petite Sirah and Malbec. Barrel aged in a combination of French and Hungarian oak (30% new). Earthy aromas open up into cocoa, blackberry, cedar, and anise. The entry is smooth with flavors of cherry, chocolate, vanilla,…

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90 points and 'Very highly recommended,' California Grapevine: Medium to medium-dark ruby color; attractive, rich, ripe, dark cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of cedar, olive, and dried herbs; medium-full to full body; rich, plush, plummy, red and black fruit flavors with herbal notes… ...
CGV 90
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Peju Merlot Napa Valley 2015  (#335130)

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

90 points and 'Very highly recommended,' California Grapevine: Medium to medium-dark ruby color; attractive, rich, ripe, dark cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of cedar, olive, and dried herbs; medium-full to full body; rich, plush, plummy…

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This lovely 2016 vintage aromatics are enough to keep you satisfied with only your nose in the glass. Overflowing with wild strawberry, blue and black berries, Lincoln rose, and just a tease of lilac- this wine continues to delight. Found amidst the fruit and florals are hints of light pepper and… ...
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Hagafen Merlot Napa Valley Coombsville 2016  (#334623)

Merlot from Coombsville, Napa Valley, California

This lovely 2016 vintage aromatics are enough to keep you satisfied with only your nose in the glass. Overflowing with wild strawberry, blue and black berries, Lincoln rose, and just a tease of lilac- this wine continues to delight. Found amidst the…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 11 available
$31.95
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Not yet reviewed; 2015 vintage rated 90 points by Wine Enthusiast: Made in a balanced and graceful style, this light-bodied red comes from vineyards in both Oak Knoll and Oakville. Tart cherry, plum and coconut shavings are supported by light oak and firm tannins. The finish is complex and spicy.… ...
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Textbook Merlot Napa Valley 2016  (#331778)

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

Not yet reviewed; 2015 vintage rated 90 points by Wine Enthusiast: Made in a balanced and graceful style, this light-bodied red comes from vineyards in both Oak Knoll and Oakville. Tart cherry, plum and coconut shavings are supported by light oak and…

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