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!

Samuel Roberts Pinot Noir


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Samuel Roberts Pinot Noir 2016
Oregon

Tasting Notes: Bright and focused, showing lovely subtlety but not lacking in structure and flavor. A layer of light tannins underlies powerful notes of cherry and raspberry flavors; slight spice notes linger with the fruit on the finish.

Straight Shooter Pinot Noir


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Straight Shooter Pinot Noir 2015
Oregon

Tasting Notes: The aromas of raspberry, strawberry and ripe plum lead into a mouth full of the same, supported by supple tannins and a strong mineral backbone. This is real crowd pleaser that works with loads of dishes, including Asian cuisine.

Siegel Special Reserve Pinot Noir


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Siegel Pinot Noir 2015
Chile

Tasting Notes: Bright ruby, a touch on the lighter side, in the glass. The nose and palate share a common theme of bright red fruit, with floral hints. The finish is bright, and very well balanced. An excellent Chilean pinot noir.