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Clifford Brown
This is a tough one since "variety is the spice of life".  I like to vary my wine selections, but as the seasons change from our bitterly cold Wisconsin Winter to Spring, I  seem to open up a bit more lighter bodied Pinot Noirs.  The winery I'm sure I will be opening a fair amount of this Spring is a newer one, Helioterra.  Their owner/winemaker, Anne Ebenreiter Hubatch, is from here in Wisconsin.
Here is a note from a recent bottle.
The wine is a very light ruby red color.  The very enticing nose has cherries, strawberries, baking spices, some earthiness, and a nice herbal note.  This has light to medium body, great acidity, and some subtle tannins.  On the palate there is a very nice balance between the fruit and spice with the herbal note coming in late.  The finish has nice length and again shows very nice balance.  This isn't a big, ultra ripe, highly extracted Pinot, this is much more feminine and nuanced. This is tasting very nice but is still on the young side.  (92 pts)
Cliff Brown

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  • Snooth User: rossmary00
    1049805 2

    Dear Snooth, I'm not certain where your wine cognescenti hang their hats, but I don't recognize the names from this vast area between East & West coasts, esp. Chicagoland. I'm the wine columnist for the Daily Herald, published in & around Chicago & would be happy to represent the Prairie Division in Snooth. Please contact me at Rossmary00@aol.com. Good wine & health 'til then, Mary Ross

    Apr 02, 2014 at 1:19 PM

  • Mary Ross, are you the same Master Sommelier I met years ago in Chicago when I worked at Four Farthings???? The daughter of a liquor distributor, one who told me that in order to learn wine when she was young that she forced herself to taste 6 wines a day, regardless of how she was feeling?--Lucy (then Francis) Rogers

    Apr 02, 2014 at 1:29 PM

  • Snooth User: intellmkt
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    Why would someone include a wine in "My Favorite Wines for Spring" and then, in the wine review, say "needs two years."?

    Apr 02, 2014 at 3:05 PM

  • Snooth User: Richard Jennings
    Hand of Snooth
    780161 124,472

    Fair point Intellmkt. The Occhipinti Frappato is usually ready to drink when released, but the 2010 was a little tighter than usual. That tasting note dates back to when it was released. I'd say you're in good shape reaching for this Frappato this Spring, any vintage you can find.

    Apr 02, 2014 at 6:42 PM

  • I don't know about Chicago but I'm in Milwaukee and the Helioterra Pinot Noir is available here.


    Apr 02, 2014 at 9:29 PM

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