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2009 Frank Family Carneros Pinot Noir Napa Valley 14.5% $33

This is dark and earthy on the nose with noticeable chocolate oak spice and vanilla. These are not overwhelming and allow the grapefruit, blueberry and blackberry fruit to emerge. Really very fine on entry with good weight, giving this a superb supply mouthfeel but very little baby fat. On the palate, there are mineral and gentle oak-inflected accents to the bright and stemmily aromatic black cherry and beetroot fruit flavors. The finish shows nice richness, and there is a sweetness that emerges to balance the mineral and acid notes. Really nicely done, a complete and very well balanced California Pinot Noir. A bit chunky but not thick, I really like this. 92pts

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