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Aquinas Pinot Noir United States California Napa County Napa Valley 2008

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Flock is a select appellation series offering boutique varietals sourced from celebrated growing regions. Going beyond a single appellation, we look to diverse regions throughout California to capture full, multi-faceted expressions of the varietals that grow best in each region’s unique soil and climate. These extra efforts produce wines with extraordinarily concentrated flavors, balance, and finesse. Join the Flock!

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Don Sebastiani & Sons:
  To Don Sebastiani and Sons, family is clearly an important aspect of winemaking. While Don Sebastiani and Sons wasn’t founded until 2001, Samuele Sebastiani created a winery in 1904, and started growing the company, as well as the town of Sonoma. Over the years, the winery changed hands many times, but it always stayed within the family. By 2000, the winery was producing eig... Read more
  To Don Sebastiani and Sons, family is clearly an important aspect of winemaking. While Don Sebastiani and Sons wasn’t founded until 2001, Samuele Sebastiani created a winery in 1904, and started growing the company, as well as the town of Sonoma. Over the years, the winery changed hands many times, but it always stayed within the family. By 2000, the winery was producing eight million cases of wine a year. However, at that time, Don Sebastiani sold many of the assets and kept only the family brand and the Sonoma winery and vineyards. Though he stepped down as CEO and Chairman in 2000, that wasn’t the end for him. In 2001, he and his sons, Donny and August, founded Don Sebastiani and Sons, eventually growing production back up to two million cases annually. Today, Greg Kitchens and Michelle McClendon, winemakers for Don Sebastiani and Sons, strive to produce high-end wine at affordable prices. They don’t just source grapes from California - they’ve also formed partnerships to create Australian and Chilean blends, further expanding the company’s reach and complexity. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Aquinas Pinot Noir United States California Napa County Napa Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065219,142
3.50 5
09/21/2010

Super cool forest floor aromatics jump right out of the glass. This is unmistakably Pinot Noir, full of lightly jammy red fruits, edged with sweet wood tones, but with herbal tones that really add depth and dimension. Nicely balanced in the mouth with good clear fruit tones that are nice and bright with layered forest floor, red raspberry and light vanilla tones. This is quite light bodied, bright with soft tannins and a easy drinking balance. The finish is surprisingly long with the fine interplay between ripe fruit and sprightly herbal nuances. 87pts


Member Reviews for Aquinas Pinot Noir United States California Napa County Napa Valley

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Snooth User: megdeweese
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3.50 5
07/21/2009

smooth, soft/light flavor. stood up well to our coffee cumin rubbed steaks


Snooth User: Kyle Graynor
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4.00 5
09/20/2010

Smoky. The smell reminded me of chocolate a little.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
3.50 5
09/17/2010

I only had a little sip out of a mostly empty bottle, but it seemed very smoky indeed, with a nice bit of cured meat.


Snooth User: BeautifulCalamity
7729671,664
4.00 5
06/03/2011

Not the best Pinot in the world, but a fantastic choice at this low price.


Snooth User: Gantt Hickman
168755714
2.50 5
03/03/2010

I definitely think it is a good buy, however it has a bit of a wet swimsuit smell to it. Not bad like corked wet cardboard... just something a little different. Has nice viscosity with some light and dark fruits coming out. Easy on the acid as well but it is there. The finish comes in strong at first and then slowly disappears.


Snooth User: TheKozars
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3.50 5
07/23/2011

Smooth pinot. ?$ V


Snooth User: jmd477
241781200
4.00 5
10/18/2009

I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least! Was at the local wine shop, looking for a particular Pinot Noir which they were out of. I opted for this instead, and it went perfect with my Indian takeout. Not too sweet, just the right texture, a very good Pinot Noir for the money!


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External Reviews for Aquinas Pinot Noir United States California Napa County Napa Valley

External Review
05/22/2011

This tastes like it came from premium cool growing areas. It's crisp in acids, light-bodied and dry. The flavors are all on the surface, but totally delicious. They include raspberries, red cherries, cola, cocoa, vanilla, toast and Asian spices.


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03/03/2010

Smoking Loon Pinot Noir 2008 750ML


External Review
06/22/2011

One of the best inexpensive Pinots in California. It's dry and silky, with raspberry, cola, cinnamon, clove and vanilla flavors. A good wine to introduce novices to the beauties of Pinot Noir.


External Review
05/22/2011

Simple, with nice, gutsy black cherry and licorice aromas and flavors. Drink now.


External Review
03/25/2010

Ripe with heavily extracted cherry and strawberry flavors with a slight astringency akin to pomegranate seeds.


External Review
05/23/2011

From Sebastiani, proof that Pinot Noir has been overplanted in California. This has some pleasant Pinot Noir character in the cherry, spice and earth flavors and light, silky tannins, but it's a simple, one-dimensional wine.


External Review
05/22/2011

This ripe strawberry-colored Pinot Noir is a fruit-forward, easy-drinking red. Its aroma of fresh cherries, light body which glides refreshingly over the palate, and clean finish make it enjoyable without food, or a friendly companion to sweet barbecued meats.


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This wine has a beautiful rosy-pomegranate color, and its sweet and savory bouquet is immediately enticing. Perfumes of rich plum, sweet basil, raspberries, and wild strawberries all make up the complex and varied nose of this exciting Pinot Noir. This is a great example of how Monterey Pinot Noir can shine with bright fruit flavor combined with a darker, deeper earthy minerality. Soft and silky, crushed raspberry comes through strongly, and the complex interplay between lighter and darker fruit flavors on the palate is delightful. Not to be confused with the heavier, leathery Pinots from other regions, this is a delicate Pinot with aroma and nuance that will continue to open and unfold as you sip. Its hint of earthiness balances perfectly with ripe berry and fruit, a result of picking the grapes at just the right time to preserve acidity. A last puff of creaminess and vanilla appears on the finish, rounding out the experience.

Flock is a select appellation series offering boutique varietals sourced from celebrated growing regions. Going beyond a single appellation, we look to diverse regions throughout California to capture full, multi-faceted expressions of the varietals that grow best in each region’s unique soil and climate. These extra efforts produce wines with extraordinarily concentrated flavors, balance, and finesse. Join the Flock!

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