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2009 Bernardus Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 14.7% $30

Pretty flat and a bit heavy on the nose, with low intensity toasted oak and carob aromas. With air this does gain some sage and fruit notes, but it still lacks intensity. A bit sweet on entry and slightly disjointed, with weird acidity and chalky vitamin notes accenting nice if low intensity black cherry fruit. There’s some nice tannic support for the fruit, but a slightly chemical note on the back end adds a brief and astringent medicinal character to the rather well fruited finish. Has some stickiness, but delivers lots of baked blackberry and cherry fruit. 87pts

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