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.

Mas La Cheveliere Pinot Noir


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Mas La Cheveliere Pinot Noir 2015
France

Tasting Notes: Made by the LaRoche folks of Chablis, their ultra-modern winery in Beziers, France, is light, fragrant and delicious pinot. High marks for the cost. An every-day winner.

Casas del Bosque Gran Reserva Pinot Noir


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Casas del Bosque Pinot Noir 2014
Chile

Tasting Notes: Sourced from some of the highest elevations in Casablanca, this cool, austere pinot overdelivers. Much like a pommard, it is driven by minerals and dark fruit. Try it with grilled salmon.

Beringer Founder’s Estate Pinot Noir


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Beringer Pinot Noir 2016
California

Tasting Notes: Affordable introduction to pinot noir. Well balanced — lots of ripe, juicy fruit — easy to sip. Great with grilled salmon or your favorite meatloaf.

A to Z Pinot Noir


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A to Z Pinot Noir 2014
Oregon

Tasting Notes: Complex flavors of cherry, cranberry and currant with ripe, juicy spice and tannins. Nice long finish.

Domaine Loubejac Pinot Noir


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Domaine Loubejac Pinot Noir 2016
Oregon

Tasting Notes: Opening with an outstanding bouquet of rose petal, cherry and raspberry. Zesty and medium-bodied on the palate, it displays a savory flavor and long finish.

Fire Road Pinot Noir


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Fire Road Pinot Noir 2016
New Zealand

Tasting Notes: Dark and bright ruby red, across the glass. The nose and palate share a common thread of cherry and bright berry fruit. The finish is balanced, with elements of spice, texture and balancing acidity. Excellent for the price!

Verada Tri-County Pinot Noir


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Verada Pinot Noir
California

Tasting Notes: Rich, deep and complex, with notes of cherry, blackberry and a range of spices on a lush texture. Excellent integration of oak with notes of vanilla lingering on the finish.

Bend Merlot 2015


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Bend Merlot 2015
California

Tasting Notes: This wine launches with big flavors of plum and black cherry. The lush fruits are balanced with a long and smooth finish. This is the perfect wine for buyers looking for outstanding value without a hefty price.

Samuel Robert Pinot Noir Willamette 2015


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Samuel Robert Pinot Noir 2015
Oregon

Tasting Notes: Red cherry, cranberry, smoky undertones engage the senses. Fresh flavors of cherry and raspberry excited the palate. Elegantly finished with delicate acidity. The quality of 2015 vintage is present in this wine.