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2009 Cline Cool Climate Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 14.5% $14

This is pretty frankly oaky on the nose, with smoke and asphalt tones covering sweet graham cracker and herb. A bit fat on entry with a round and lush, soft leading edge and extracted tannins. This is rather large scaled with indistinct yet sweet dark berry and plum fruit topped with vanilla. The finish shows better clarity, though is still oaky. The texture lightens considerably and the fruit reddens, lingering in the mouth with a fine cherry note.  A bit sweet and simple, but this offers a lot for the price and competes well with wines costing more.  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
    373015 9

    I missed that!!!

    Dec 06, 2011 at 9:33 AM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    89065 202,533

    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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