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2009 Esser Pinot Noir Monterey Ca. 13.5% $15

This has a rather fine blend of scrubby underbrush, Ranier cherry and smoky soil. Smells a bit mesquite-y in a floral kind of way. Bright and clear with lightly astringent red berry fruit. More raspberry than strawberry, this delivers a very nice, slightly sweet mouthful of red fruit on a rather streamlined frame. The finish shows a pop of tannins that then recede, leaving the mouth warm with some cinnamon spice and jelly donut filling. Very nice if you enjoy this style. 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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