(2009 Vintage) 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.
(2009 Vintage) 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.
Wine AdvocateRating: 94/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate
Wine SpectatorRating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator
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Robert Parker(2011 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 10/21/2014
Wine Spectator(2011 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/31/2014