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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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Pollard Merlot Pollard Vineyard Yakima Valley 2017 ...
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Pollard Merlot Pollard Vineyard Yakima Valley 2017  (#334849)

Merlot from Yakima Valley, Washington

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90 points Wine Enthusiast: The aromas bring notes of milk chocolate, spice and red fruit, along with high-toned vanilla accents. The fruit and barrel flavors are plush and full, while still showing a lovely sense of balance. Alcohol 14.5%. (May 2017) ...
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Chateau Ste Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley Indian Wells 2014  (#328960)

Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington

90 points Wine Enthusiast: The aromas bring notes of milk chocolate, spice and red fruit, along with high-toned vanilla accents. The fruit and barrel flavors are plush and full, while still showing a lovely sense of balance. Alcohol 14.5%. (May 2017)

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90 points Wine Enthusiast: Barrel aromas are at the fore, with notes of vanilla, cocoa and milk chocolate out in front of blackberry and black cherry. The palate also mixes fruit and barrel, showing pleasing depth of flavors and intensity along with a silky texture. Alcohol 14.5%. (Dec 2017) ...
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Chateau Ste Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley Indian Wells 2015  (#331825)

Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington

90 points Wine Enthusiast: Barrel aromas are at the fore, with notes of vanilla, cocoa and milk chocolate out in front of blackberry and black cherry. The palate also mixes fruit and barrel, showing pleasing depth of flavors and intensity along with…

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With a robust nose of rich black cherry, mocha, and a whiff of Syrah smoke, this is definitely not a shy wine. Lots of fruit flavors are here, with cassis and plums dominating. Pair this big red with almost anything off the grill, salmon or steak, chops or chicken, you get the idea. ...
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Corvidae Rook Columbia Valley 2018  (#335726)

Merlot from Washington

With a robust nose of rich black cherry, mocha, and a whiff of Syrah smoke, this is definitely not a shy wine. Lots of fruit flavors are here, with cassis and plums dominating. Pair this big red with almost anything off the grill, salmon or steak,…

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88 points Wine Spectator: Sleek and zippy, with lively black cherry, toasted cinnamon and spice flavors. Drink now through 2021. (11/30/18) 89% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Malbec. ...
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Charles Smith Merlot Washington State The Velvet Devil 2016  (#334063)

Merlot from Washington

88 points Wine Spectator: Sleek and zippy, with lively black cherry, toasted cinnamon and spice flavors. Drink now through 2021. (11/30/18) 89% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Malbec.

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