(From 2006 Vintage) Dark ruby, french merlot style, dense, round, dry figs and plums taste Medium retro taste.
Ruby and garnet in color, the 2009 Carneros Pinot Noir offers aromas of black cherry, Asian spice and sous bois that are lifted by a concentrated fresh fruit core. Consistent with the nose, the palate also demonstrates the qualities of a well balanced Pinot Noir: refined tannins, bright acidity, a generous mouthfeel and a lingering finish. Due to the cool conditions of 2009 vintage, this wine offers an exceptional fresh acidic structure and fruit balance, which furthers its Burgundian like qualities.
Marnie Old: In warm, sunny growing regions, like Napa Valley, grapes get quite ripe, yielding red wines that are darker, stronger and bolder in flavor, as with this decadent prestige Cabernet Sauvignon. This sought-after style is incredibly dense and powerful - perfectly suited to rich proteins like red meats and bold flavors. Their strength can pose pairing challenges, though, with less 'muscular' foods. Their concentration can overwhelm raw foods, vegetarian cuisine and recipes that feature a bare minimum of seasoning. OTHER STYLES WITH SIMILAR PROPERTIES: Washington Cabernet Sauvignon; Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon. FOOD AFFINITIES: Blue cheeses & cooked sausages; cooked red meats & game; Grilled & smoked foods; Red wine & stock-based sauces. FOOD CLASHES TO AVOID: Will seem heavier and less refreshing with low-fat foods; Will burn with spicy heat; Mature barrel-spice flavors can overwhelm raw foods or salads.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2004 Vintage) Black cherries, a bit of raspberry and creamy oak come together nicely in the concentrated aromas and dense, fairly direct flavors of this rich, and ripe-leaning wine. Fat and fleshy on entry, with a good bit of tannin firming things up at the end, the wine is a bit monochromatic at this point in time and clearly commends time in the cellar. Beneath its ripeness and sweet oak, however, there are signs of complexity to come, and while three or four years of patience will be of real help here, a ha...
Wine Spectator(From 2004 Vintage) Rating: Barrel Tasting - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 07/31/05
Robert Parker(From 2004 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 168
Wine Advocate(From 2004 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 168 on Dec-06
Wine Advocate(From 1995 Vintage) Rating: (92-95) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 114 on Dec-97