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Carneros Creek Winery Pinot Noir Carneros Grail 2005

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The heat on this Pinot absolutely killed it, any semblance of flavor was torn out of my mouth by the alcohol.

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Carneros Creek Winery:
The unique cool climate of the Carneros district has drawn grape growers and winemakers to the appellation since the 1830s. And though their grape vines reigned the rolling hills of the north shore of San Francisco Bay for decades, phylloxera and Prohibition eventually forced these early Carneros growers to plant fruit trees where their vines had once prevailed, and raise cattle and sheep that ... Read more
The unique cool climate of the Carneros district has drawn grape growers and winemakers to the appellation since the 1830s. And though their grape vines reigned the rolling hills of the north shore of San Francisco Bay for decades, phylloxera and Prohibition eventually forced these early Carneros growers to plant fruit trees where their vines had once prevailed, and raise cattle and sheep that could mow the pastures clean. Ironic or fitting - carneros is the Spanish word for sheep. Read less

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Snooth User: joshparent
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1.00 5
Vintage: 2003 02/09/2008

The heat on this Pinot absolutely killed it, any semblance of flavor was torn out of my mouth by the alcohol.


Snooth User: sommeliersuzanne
10278449
4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 04/27/2010

Shared a bottle of this last night (4/26/10) with a friend and we both thought it was delicious. 7 years of bottle age have benefited this wine; it has slight bricking in the color, and significant complexity on the nose, which is confirmed on the palate. The alcohol, while evident, is not excessively hot. It's a big Pinot Noir, to be sure, but a very nice, well-made example of a big Pinot Noir. The fruit, while moving somewhat into an interesting cooked fruit realm (think plum compote), is still rich and lively. Tannins are just right--just firm enough to give some structure. Tannins are very well integrated at this point in the wine's development. This is a good bottle of wine. Drink now through 2013.


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Vintage: 2004 01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesRuby red color, with aromas of ripe Bing cherry, spice and undertones of toasted oak. In the mouth, a lovely supple texture with evident concentration of ripe cherry flavors leading seamlessly to a rich finish with lush velvety feel and subtle background acidity.



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