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Blackstone Winery Pinot Noir Sonoma County Sonoma Reserve 2007

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Grapes for our 2007 Pinot Noir were hand harvested, destemmed, and gently crushed to maintain tannic structure and vibrant fruit flavors. The grapes underwent initial fermentation in stainless steel to maintain dense and concentrated fruit flavors. The juice was cold soaked for five days prior to fermentation and then aged in French oak barrels for approximately 14 months to enhance structure and integrate layers of complexity.

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Blackstone:
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
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Editorial Reviews for Blackstone Winery Pinot Noir Sonoma County Sonoma Reserve

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,126
4.00 5
05/06/2010

Meaty cherries greet the nose and while this is a touch alcoholic it also shows incipient complexity with gentle notes of pencil shavings, vanilla, piecrust and baking spices. It’s a rather soft nose and only moderately intense. On entry the wine is immediately quite smooth with nice acidity and very soft tannins. There is an initial blast of smoky toned cherry fruit, which is followed by a slight bittersweet chocolate and caramel tone on the backend that leads to a warm, strawberry rhubarb backend. The finish shows more tannin, which gives the subtle wood spice tones some persistence on the palate though, the fine acidity allow the fruit to pop on the finale after the wood tones have begun to fade. A very nice style of Pinot that may not wow too many people, but is sure to please many more. It’s well suited to drinking on it’s own but is well balanced and food friendly. 89pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,126
3.00 5
12/09/2010

Noticeably woody on the nose with a touch of barnyard and some barbecue spice notes accenting the light cherry fruit. Lighter-bodied on entry with a sweet/sour quality to the wine. The mid-palate is simple, cherry fruit-driven, again with the sweet/sour tension and touches of leather and lightly smoky oak leading to a vanilla tinged backend and lightly fruity finish. Light and easy, though the acid is somewhat off-putting and the finish is slightly cloying. The flavors here are actually fine, structurally it seems a bit off-balance and will probably show better with food. 85pts


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Snooth User: Kyle Graynor
4557977,445
4.00 5
03/03/2011

Well balanced


3.00 5
05/06/2010

Smokey and earthy, this pinot has a very interesting nose of toffee, cream and cherry cola. Tire tracks and cherries on the palate like a classic pinot but this one is a little bit rougher around the edges, with a hint of spice and medicine.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
4.00 5
05/06/2010

One year later, I get the same toffee, chocolate, and nanou flavorings. I like it more this time though, keep it coming!


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
3.00 5
06/23/2009

Coffee n Toffee explosion, with burnt waffles and some sweet fudge in the middle, just like nanou used to make. Not my grandmother, but the proverbial ancestor from an America that never existed, a nostalgic lie parroted for the sake of induced euphoria. Simple and mild body.


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,961
3.50 5
06/23/2009

Grittier than most pinots I've had. Light-bodied flavor but full-bodied mouthfeel. Some hoisin and bbq essence. Pretty fun.


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,961
4.00 5
05/06/2010

A year later I'm revisiting this wine. Still very much enjoy the total package, but this time I'm getting a bit more sweetness on the back end of the palate. The color is a lovely tan aged roan.


Snooth User: InWineTruth
2201061,634
2.50 5
09/26/2011

Bright dark cherry hue with aromas of red stone fruits, toffee-mocha and spices; on the palate there's notes of black cherries, red plums and ripe raspberries leading to a balance, but short finish.


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Tasting Notes:

The Blackstone Sonoma Reserve Pinot Noir 2007 has distinctive aromas of dried cherries, currant, and cranberries. In the mouth, supple red fruit flavors and a hint of vanilla and spice complement the fleshy mouthfeel and silky long finish. Delicate notes of orange rind and oak toast are also noticeable in the finish. This Pinot Noir is a fantastic pairing for steamed sea bass, smoked chicken, or seafood salad.

Grapes for our 2007 Pinot Noir were hand harvested, destemmed, and gently crushed to maintain tannic structure and vibrant fruit flavors. The grapes underwent initial fermentation in stainless steel to maintain dense and concentrated fruit flavors. The juice was cold soaked for five days prior to fermentation and then aged in French oak barrels for approximately 14 months to enhance structure and integrate layers of complexity.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.3% pH: 3.61
Total Acidity: 6.45 grams per liter

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