Brancott Estate Letter Series Pinot Noir


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Brancott Estate Pinot Noir 2016
New Zealand

Tasting Notes: Intense Ruby red, with purple notes. Lots of spicy black fruit on the nose, followed by a palate dominated by more of the same spice notes, and dark fruit. Great texture and a balanced finish make for a complete and well-produced wine.

Domaine Loubejac Selection de Barriques Pinot Noir


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Domaine Loubejac Pinot Noir 2016
Oregon

Tasting Notes: Attractive nose with lively scents of wild raspberry, black cherry and herbal notes. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity. While restrained at first, it is very intense toward the finish.

Bouchard Père & Fils Pinot Noir


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Bouchard Père & Fils Pinot Noir 2014
France

Tasting Notes: Wonderfully Burgundian. Lighter in color in the glass, with bright ruby through and through. Elegance and delicacy are the perfect descriptors for both the nose and palate. A lovely example of why many people feel that Burgundy is the home of pinot noir.

Joseph Drouhin Pinot Noir


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Joseph Drouhin Pinot Noir 2014
France

Tasting Notes: The areas around the town of Beaune are justly famous for their elegance and sense of terroir. This is a prime example of Beaune character. Medium-bright ruby throughout the glass. Plenty of dark-berry fruit are exhibited on the nose and palate. Good acidity keeps everything in balance. Lovely now, with lots of potential for aging.

Résonance Pinot Noir


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Résonance Pinot Noir 2015
Oregon

Tasting Notes: French winemaking and excellent Oregon terroir (Willamette Valley) come together with this delicious wine. Bright, medium ruby, edge-to-edge. The nose is dominated by bright fruit, with elegant notes of floral and spice components. This profile follows through on the palate with balance and length.

TULI Sonoma Pinot Noir


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TULI Sonoma Pinot Noir 2015
California

Tasting Notes: A beautiful wine that strikes you with plenty of black cherry, black currant fruit and a light-to-moderate tannin. This rich Sonoma pinot noir is packed with incredible power while being deep, full-bodied and spicy.

Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Pinot Noir


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Gary Farrell Pinot Noir 2015
California

Tasting Notes: Deep and bright ruby in the glass. The nose is complex, with notes of bright red fruit, and a touch of herbs. In the mouth, this exceptional wine possesses lots of complexity, with more bright fruit, herbs and a touch of floral notes. The balancing acidity adds to the complexity and quality. Outstanding.

Miro Pinot Noir 2014


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Miro Pinot Noir 2014
California

Tasting Notes: In Anderson Valley, the cool-climate Conzelman Vineyard yields great pinot noir from three different clones. Winemaker Miro Tcholakov selected this vineyard to produce a big, rich style. Whole clusters are fermented with whole individual berries and inoculated for malolactic richness. The wine is then aged in 20% new French barriques for 14 months. The color is a deep red/blue — gorgeous! Aromas of ripe red fruit, lilac, toasty oak and spices abound. On the palate, you’ll taste ripe cherry, raspberry, allspice, and a hint of Mandarin along with a hint of vanilla. The finish is long with a perfect balance of supple tannins and sweet/tart acidity. This is simply great Pinot Noir!

Taken Napa Valley Red 2013


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Taken Red 2013
California

Tasting Notes: This red blend is such an incredible wine for the money. Perfect for your friends or family that like your big cellar wines, yet won’t break your bank. Flavors of blackberry and plum are surrounded by the gentle balance of tannin and acidity.

Oak Ridge Zinfandel AV Reserve Zinfandel 2014


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Oak Ridge Zinfandel 2014
California

Tasting Notes: This wine delights the senses starting with a deep purple color and aromas of the fresh blackberry. Flavors of fresh raspberry and blueberry are paired with sweet smoky oak notes. Classic Lodi zinfandel.