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2009 Red Rock Winery Pinot Noir Reserve California 13.5% $12

Clean and fresh if simple on the nose. Light cola, smoke and baked berry notes are framed with light dried citrus peel and sweet oak notes. This is just a hint chunky in the mouth, yet it retains nice freshness. It’s actually nicely light/medium weight with a core of slightly milk chocolaty oak sweetened red fruit that’s a bit indistinct yet quite agreeable. The finish shows some raspberry and cherry pit tones with some wood tannin sticking out, but nothing that a bit of food wouldn’t take care of. I would like to see a little more acidity here to support the fresh flavors but this is fairly well done. 87pts

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  • Snooth User: EMark
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    Thank you, Greg. I'm sure I can find some of these at the local purveyor.

    Nov 15, 2011 at 3:10 PM

  • Unlike other Chilean Pinots I tasted (some of them claiming much higher status like Reserva, Special Selection etc.) this one stands out to advantage: strict in character, crisp and balanced in taste, and strangely no that nasty heavy sulphitic bouquet the Chilean mass-market wines are so notorious for

    Nov 16, 2011 at 12:55 AM

  • Snooth User: SAWI
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    I don't see South African Pinot? Hamilton Russel and Bouchard Finlayson!!

    Dec 06, 2011 at 4:45 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    In what world are they considered cheap?

    Dec 06, 2011 at 8:43 AM

  • Snooth User: SAWI
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    I missed that!!!

    Dec 06, 2011 at 9:33 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    HA! You'll have to wait for $35-$50 International Pinots before I get around to them. Love the Hamilton Russel but have to admit to having never tasted the Bouchard Finlayson. I'll keep a watch out for it though. Thanks for the tip!

    Dec 06, 2011 at 9:58 AM

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