Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California.
SRP of $21. Available widely for $19 and for as low as $16. Sample submiited for review purposes.
From the bottle:
"Story: Cool and foggy vineyards may not appeal to the tourist, but Pinot Noir is in love with them. Gentle breezes and ocean mist from the nearby Pacific meander through Sonoma's Russian River Valley shielding the delicate Pinot from the sultry California sunshine. Here, Pinot Noir thrives, and the winery where this bottle was born makes some of the best. Maybe one day we'll be as famous.
Taste: Intricate aromas of black cherry, raspberry, and plums encircled by an aura of sweet spice and divine earthiness. Medium bodied and impeccably balanced, this Pinot Noir will measure up to any wine that's twice the price. Pour yourself a glass, sit back, sip, and savor.
90+ Cellars is wine with a pedigree of high ratings from the world's most respected wineries that you can buy for a fraction of the original cost.
This is the fourth Ninety Plus Cellars wine we've reviewed to date:
- 90+ Cellars Lot 23 Old Vine Malbec 2010 - Magnificent Malbec
- 90+ Cellars Lot 35 Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon Crianza 2007 - Blackberry, Spice and Everything Nice
- 90+ Cellars Reserve Lot 57 Rosso Toscana 2009 - A Delicious and Affordable Super Tuscan
Today's wine comes from the Russian River Valley, a wine growing region within Sonoma County in California. Parts of this area are very close to the Pacific Ocean which creates a cool morning fog and night-time temperatures that drop as much as 40 degrees from the daytime high. These characteristics make it an ideal place to grow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. In fact, while this area accounts for about 1/6th of the total vineyard acreage in Sonoma County, it represents almost 20% of the total Pinot Noir plantings in all of California.
The 2008 Ninety Plus (90+) Cellars Reserve Lot 56 Russian River Valley Pinot Noirbegins with an excellent aroma of black cherry, earth, spice and violet. Somehow the wine tastes even better than it smells with delicious fruit, nice spice, good acidity and balance and a wonderful smooth texture with a bit of chalkiness to it. It finishes nicely with medium length. You can't ask for much more than this in a sub $20 Pinot Noir. Eminently drinkable and highly recommended.
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