Blackstone Winery Pinot Noir Monterey County 2009

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Wine Tasting Notes The Blackstone California Pinot Noir, with its bright ruby color, offers pleasing aromas of black cherry, violets and cherry candy, followed by spicy, smoky oak in the background. In the mouth the wine is velvety, with cherry fruit and spice. A lovely balance of fruit and acidity lead to a soft, lingering finish. This Pinot Noir pairs wonderfully with salmon, grilled lamb chops and wild mushroom pizza.

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Sonoma County has always been Blackstone’s home and inspiration. Since our beginning we’ve established a reputation for consistently delivering balanced, reliable wines of uncompromising quality. For nearly 20 years, we’ve cultivated close ties with grape growers and viticulturists throughout Sonoma County. Both our inspiration and our home, Sonoma remains the heart of Blackstone. You’ll find ... Read more
Sonoma County has always been Blackstone’s home and inspiration. Since our beginning we’ve established a reputation for consistently delivering balanced, reliable wines of uncompromising quality. For nearly 20 years, we’ve cultivated close ties with grape growers and viticulturists throughout Sonoma County. Both our inspiration and our home, Sonoma remains the heart of Blackstone. You’ll find the region’s signature style blended into every bottle. As a grape-growing region, Sonoma County is like no other place on earth. With redwood forests, benchlands, hillsides, and nearly 80 miles of majestic coastline, Sonoma offers a wide variety of microclimates, soils, and terrain. This uniquely diverse region supports several different grape varieties but is best known for its lush Merlots and full-bodied Cabernets. Sonoma County is a designated American Viticultural Area (AVA) made up of thirteen distinctly different World-Class wine growing appellations. Each appellation and each vineyard within that appellation contributes something special - it is from this vibrant flavor palate that complex, expressive wines emerge. At Blackstone, we find Sonoma County inspiring. Each different AVA contributes something unique and special to the final blend. Our Sonoma Reserve wines, in particular, exemplify Sonoma’s signature style, and help set the standard carried through to our Winemaker’s Select wines. “Sonoma County is one of the most amazing places in the world to live and make wine,” observes Winemaker Gary Sitton. “There’s no place like it. The immense diversity—from the coastline to the mountains, valleys, and rivers—still leaves me in awe. For me, tapping into this range of growing conditions is fundamental to making beautifully expressive wines from Sonoma County.” From the start, our goal has been to produce smooth, flavorful, harmonious wines with rich fruit, supple texture, and balanced oak. Early on, this approach found its ideal expression in our Merlot, which soon became — and still remains — America’s favorite Merlot. Over the years, the same passion for consistent, balanced wines has expanded to new varieties bearing Blackstone’s trademark label. Our Winemaker’s Select wines are sourced from premier growing regions throughout California, each meticulously selected to contribute certain nuances to the final blend. Drawing from the best parcels in the same areas year after year ensures Winemaker’s Select wines maintain the consistency that is Blackstone’s heritage. Our signature style and quality is elevated in our Sonoma Reserve wines, which are sourced from Sonoma’s world-class vineyards. Each vineyard site contributes distinct characteristics that uniquely define the region. Through it all, Blackstone has stayed true to the approach inspired by our Sonoma roots - to craft wines that complement food and any occasion in which you celebrate the things in life you can count on. Tasting Room Hours: Every day: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Read less

Member Reviews for Blackstone Winery Pinot Noir Monterey County

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Snooth User: Slipstream
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2.00 5
03/31/2011

Attractive dark red color with scarlet hilites. Mostly light sourness, with some fresh grape and cranberry. Not very tannic. I read somewhere that Blackstone is one of the better budget brands, but this was nothing great. My unprofessional guess is that this could use a couple of years in a cellar.


Snooth User: matthewjk
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2.00 5
02/14/2012

Hmmm...high tannin and vinegar. One dimensional, and that dimension is not ingratiating to me.


Snooth User: lolazaza
843985132
3.00 5
05/21/2011

It's ok. It's definitely bright, jammy, and tannic in a pleasant, tea-like kind of way. I also taste a touch of oak and spice. The only thing that bothers me about this wine is it's very thin and watery. If it had these flavors with a little more viscosity,, earthiness and body, I'd give it a 5. Because it's so thin, I have to give it a 3. But that's just my taste. This is a good wine, especially for people that prefer a lighter, brighter red. I'm not sure I'd buy it again for me though.


Snooth User: lolazaza
843985132
2.00 5
06/19/2011

I gave this wine a 3 when I first opened it. A day later, I'd give it a 2 because it turns to morning breath, bilge water after breathing overnight. If you must buy this, drink it right away.


Snooth User: bn196
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2.50 5
02/08/2013

2009 vintage, This wine is skewed to the sweet, thin on the palate, and has an over cooked characteristic. Not drain pour though. Pepperwood Grove is better.


Snooth User: dabriza
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3.00 5
11/24/2011

Not bad, not great. A decent inexpensive PN


Snooth User: JamesSamuel1
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3.50 5
10/20/2010

Blackstone! my go to when i don't feel like shelling out big bucks, or trying something new. This Pinot Noir I picked up while working along day at the cigar shop. I've picked out two cigars that i think will work well with it. I have a Arturo Fuente Flor Fina 8-5-8 and a My Father Las Reloba sumatran wrapper robusto. I used my traditional method for opening the bottle without a corkscrew, a screw, screwdriver, and pair of pliers. My first sniff gave me a black cherry note (after a tragic head injury i have lost a good amount of my smell, so I'm sure there are more that one can smell in this wine). The first sip brought deep fruity notes with a slight spice and a bit of earthiness. i could tell that a sumatran wrapper would be the best for this wine. The lite of the Las Reloba let me know that the smoke would pair nice. The cigar made the spice and the earthiness recede and the fruity notes came out and oh man what a great pairing. I shared the pairing with many of my workers and they were blown away as well. I also notice that the smoke tended to become less spicy as I continued down the rabbit hole. The Flor Fina 8-5-8 Maduro was a good pair as well, for those not a fan of earthy wines, this would be a good pick. the cigar took away the earthiness of the wine and caused the dark fruit notes to pop like a fire cracker. In conclusion this is a great cheap wine to pair with a few $5 smokes. Drink and smoke and be merry! Cheers!


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External Reviews for Blackstone Winery Pinot Noir Monterey County

External Review
01/03/2012

Sideways converts looking for a relatively inexpensive Pinot will find this one a refreshing alternative to a big, heavy, tannic red wine. Itrsquo;s light and silky, with cherry, cola and herb flavors, and that bright Monterey acidity.


External Review
07/05/2011

Blackstone became famous producing America’s most popular Merlot. The Sonoma based winery also produces other varietals like this Winemakers Select Pinot Noir which perhaps should be America’s favorite. It shows rich, berry-laden flavors and spicy nuances that are lush and seductive. All for a price that’s been absolutely unheard of for good-drinking Pinot of this caliber. They source the grapes from Monterey, North Central Valley, The North Coast and several other regions to find the best quality and to make the most Pinot-licious blend they possibly can. A real steal and a wine you won’t want to miss.


External Review
05/18/2011

Sideways converts looking for a relatively inexpensive Pinot will find this one a refreshing alternative to a big, heavy, tannic red wine. It's light and silky, with cherry, cola and herb flavors, and that bright Monterey acidity.


External Review
05/18/2011

Ripe and juicy, medium bodied with good, rounded mouthfeel and vibrant underlying acidity. Harmonious flavors of rich, black cherry, vanilla and winter spice. Another winner from this reliable California producer.


External Review
05/18/2011

Earth, plum and cherry flavors have modest depth and toasty oak character. Drink now through 2005.


External Review
05/18/2011

Cedary, with currant, berry and earth flavors folding into tart structure. Drink now through 2006.


External Review
05/18/2011

Proper varietal character here, a decent, regional wine with some ripe fruit and a long, tart finish. Cherries, coffee and strawberries, with good acids.


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Wine Tasting Notes The Blackstone California Pinot Noir, with its bright ruby color, offers pleasing aromas of black cherry, violets and cherry candy, followed by spicy, smoky oak in the background. In the mouth the wine is velvety, with cherry fruit and spice. A lovely balance of fruit and acidity lead to a soft, lingering finish. This Pinot Noir pairs wonderfully with salmon, grilled lamb chops and wild mushroom pizza.

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