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Pinot Noir

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Pinot noir is a red wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. The name may also refer to wines produced predominantly from pinot noir grapes. The name is derived from the french words for pine and black alluding to the varietals tightly clustered dark purple pine cone shaped bunches of fruit.

Pinot noir grapes are grown around the world, but the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France. In De re rustica, Columella described a grape variety in Burgundy in the 1st century A.D. that sounds like Pinot noir. It is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but is a difficult variety to cultivate and transform into wine.
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Food Pairing: Pairs well with chocolate and Gruyere cheese. Try with game fare, ragouts, Peking duck and wild salmon. A classic pairing with Beouf Bourgogne.
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Mario Perelli-Minetti Winery
CAW Rating: 93
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4 reviews

2008 Pinot Noir

2008 Mario Perelli-Minetti Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
280 cases were produced

We are pleased to present our second Pinot Noir. A flawless example of why Sonoma Coast ...moreis the perfect climate for Pinot Noir. Well structured with acid and tannins, this wine exhibits earthy tea tones and soft sweet leather spices, balanced with an abundance of dried strawberries and black cherries. Aged in 30% new French oak and the remainder in used French oak. Medium bodied mouth feel. This wine is dry and also made for food.

$31.00  
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Adrian Fog Winery
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2004 Pinot Noir

She is one tasty treat, full of pomegranates, blueberries, currants and just a note of hibiscus flowers. Janey says this would be the wine she would choose to have in a desert isla ...morend scenario. A Hummer wrapped in a juicy berry pie, big, powerful and a touch obnoxious. The vineyard is just a stones throw for the tiny one store town of Comptche, 40 minutes north of the Savoy Vineyard and at a slightly higher elevation. The 2004 is comprised of 5 different clones from two different sections of the vineyard. The clones aid in the complexity and overall richness of the wine. She was aged in new and seasoned French Oak barrels for 11 months. Bottled unfiltered and unfined. Best enjoyed on the night of a full moon. 160 cases produced.
DuNah Vineyards & Winery
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2004 Pinot Noir

Three cane pruned Dijon clones on 3 different rootstocks produce this cool hilltop vineyard, dark red-purple wine. Our gentle crushing and minimum pressure basket pressing, both pr ...moreimary and malolactic wild yeast fermentations, aging in 100% premium French oak barrels (33% new), are all followed by unfined and unfiltered bottling.

Aromas arise of dark fruits, cedar wood, savory spice, and smoky blackstrap molasses. The palate follows the nose with deeply intense initial dark fruit blast. Really deep, rich mid-palate adds layers of roast India savory spices, trailing into a long, luxurious dark fruit finish. The aroma absolutely expands with a little time in the glass.

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Stevenot Winery
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2006 Gran Reserva Pinot Noir

Simply delicious, this wine has amazing depth and richness with concentrated flavors of strawberry, black cherry, blueberry and exotic spice. Elegant and vibrant, it dances on the ...morepalate demonstrating fine-grained tannins and a mouth feel that is succulent and ripe.

Food Pairing: Serve with roasted rack of lamb, seared salmon, or braised portobello mushrooms with tomato, basil and garlic.

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RN Estate Vineyard & Winery
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2005 Pinot Noir
Santa Rita Hills

From Fiddlestix Vineyard, mostly Dijon clones, aged 14 month in French oak barrels. 175 cases produced.
Tasting notes: This bright, translucent and silky Pinot is showing arom ...moreas of rose petals and wild strawberries; Supple tannins are in harmony with flavors of black cherries, an earthy background and a hint of smoke.
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Loring Wine Company
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2001 Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands

The two gentlemen on the label are none other than the two Garys. That's Gary Franscioni on the left and Gary Pisoni on the right. The photo was taken by Becky Savell at Pisoni Wee ...morekend I. The background is the cooking area at Camp Pisoni.
Brophy-Clark Cellars
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2005 Pinot Noir
Santa Rita Hills

Planted in 1998, Ashley’s Vineyard is located in the acclaimed Santa Rita Hills appellation, known for its cool climate and low yielding soils. Comprised of the Dijon clones 777, 1 ...more15 and Pommard, the wine is elegant and complex with beautiful aromas of black cherry and plum accented by hints of cinnamon stick, vanilla and toasted oak. The wine balances natural acidity with a rich, firm structure and culminates in a long, lush finish.
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Edna Valley Vineyard
CAW Rating: 89
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2005 Pinot Noir
Edna Valley

The Edna Valley Vineyard 2005 Pinot Noir was a labor of love. We began by cold soaking the hand-picked fruit for 2 days at 55° F. Yeast was added at the end of the cold soak, and t ...morehe wine fermented in open-topped tanks until dryness. The cap was irrigated at intervals with gentle pump-overs, and submerged completely by one rack and return daily. After the tank was drained, malolactic fermentation occurred in barrel. A single racking was done in December to remove heavy lees from the barrel.
White Crane Winery
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2004 Pinot Noir Reserve
Santa Lucia Highlands

*** 2005 California State Fair Silver Medal ***
Award winning wine, aged in new French Oak for 11 months. Fruit is from one of the best Pinot Noir growing regions in th ...moree world. A world class Pinot Noir. Very limited production. Pairs great with almost any food.
White Crane Winery
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2005 Pinot Noir Reserve
Livermore Valley

Just released! Aged in new French Oak for 11 months. Fruit is from one of the best Pinot Noir growing regions in the world. A world class Pinot Noir. Pairs great with almost any fo ...moreod. Both our 2003 and 2004 Pinots from this vineyard won many awards and we expect this vintage to do the same. Very Limited Production!
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Goldeneye
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2004 Estate Grown Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Confluence Vineyard

This is a broad, voluptuous, and extracted wine that carries its oak in balance with the fruit and has an underlying firmness that indicates good aging potential. The aroma has nua ...morences of plum and strawberry complemented by nutmeg, clove, and toasty vanilla. The flavors are replete with strawberry, cherry, blackberry, and an unusually distinctive hint of mango.
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Byron Winery
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2003 Pinot Noir
Monument Hill

An ancient varietal with its roots in eastern France, Pinot Noir is a red grape that is highly expressive of its terroir. The long growing season of the Santa Maria Valley allows P ...moreinot Noir grapes to develop slowly and to their fullest, most deliciously intense flavors. Byron Pinot Noir has undertones of cherry and plum with depth and velvetiness from maturing in oak.
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Byron Winery
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2003 Pinot Noir
Bien Nacido Vineyard

Byron’s Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir is rich and beautifully balanced, displaying aromas of red cherry, cedar, cardamom and tobacco with undertones of earth and smokiness. On th ...moree palate, the wine offers excellent intensity of flavors, featuring Bing cherry, cranberry and brown spice with hints of sandalwood and subtle French oak. Crisp natural acidity and smooth tannins accent the plush texture. The wine culminates in a long, smoky finish.
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Acacia Winery
CAW Rating: 86
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3 reviews

2005 Pinot Noir
Lone Tree Vineyard

We hand harvested the fruit for the 2005 Lone Tree Vineyard Pinot Noir, and then gently destemmed it before fermenting it in 100% stainless steel tanks. Flavors and aromas were ext ...moreracted during pumpovers, after which the wine was moved to French oak barrels for nine months of aging.This wine is a deep ruby-purple color. The nose combines blackberry, plum, sweet cigar tobacco, hazelnut and earth with floral and rose notes. On the palate, the wine is rich and silky with flavors of ripe red fruit, wet earth and spice at mid-palate. The fine-grained tannins are luscious and broad, with balanced acids that lead to a long finish of fresh blackberries, cherry and vanilla. Enjoy this delicious wine with roasted pheasant or quail, rabbit terrine or rich pasta dishes.

$26.99  
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Anapamu
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2005 Pinot Noir
Central Coast

This wine is a ruby garnet color, with aromas of cherry and rose petals accented by citrus peel and spice typical of Central Coast Pinot Noir. On the palate, the wine is silky and ...moreelegant, with juicy cherry flavors, toasty oak notes, and a complex, lingering finish. Try with pepper crusted, seared tuna or leg of lamb roasted with spring vegetables.

$12.79  
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Raye’s Hill Vineyard
CAW Rating: 100
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2003 Raye's Hill Estate Pinot Noir

Rich fruity aroma; flavors of dark berries, toasted oak & spice.
Gold Medal - Mendocino County Wine Competition

$32.00  
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Raye’s Hill Vineyard
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2004 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley

This blend is an aromatic wine whose essence is red cherries, ripe fruit and vanilla. This is an elegant wine with a long smooth finish.

$24.00  
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Raye’s Hill Vineyard
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2004 Anderson Valley Wightman House Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley

The confluence of weather and location result in a complex wine with clear garnet color, aromas of red berries and vanilla, gentle tannins and layers of fruity berry flavor.

$30.00  
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Byron Winery
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2003 Pinot Noir
Nielson Vineyard

Fruit for the Byron 2003 Pinot Noir Nielson Vineyard was harvested from the finest blocks of the Nielson estate, planted in high-density spacing to premium Dijon clones chosen spec ...moreifically for this site. The wine is complex and richly layered, displaying aromas of dark cherry and rose petals with hints of brown spice and earthiness. The flavors are bold and reveal remarkable extraction and concentration with nuances of red and dark cherry, plum and brown spice.

$38.99  
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Keller Estate
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2004 Pinot Noir
La Cruz Vineyard

Our Pinot Noir is all about balance, elegance and finesse. It is the best expression of our ranch: red fruits, spice, mineral and earth interplay with silky tannins and a rich texture.

$34.00  
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