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2009 Carlton Cellars Cape Lookout Pinot Noir OR 14.4% $28

This is very fine on the nose, with perhaps a whisper of heat. It’s covered by nice, mineral rich loamy soil notes, some sage and evergreen, fine wild raspberry and wild strawberry fruit, and a suggestion of cocoa. Richly fruited on entry, this shows a wonderfully fresh tension between slightly powdery tannins, sweet fruit, and vibrant acids. That sage note adds more freshness to the palate, which is really energetic and explosive. The fruit fades a touch on the mid-palate, but it retains a nice depth and a suggestion of sweetness. The finish is nicely savory, adding beetroot and some very well integrated baking spice notes to the red fruit. 90pts

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