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Gnarly Head Pinot Noir California 2009

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Gnarly Head Wines are crafted with California's spirit of fun and adventure - each sip plunges the palate into luscious concentrated fruit flavor and unexpected spice notes. Our Gnarly grapes come fr

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Gnarly Head Cellars:
A passion for Zinfandel and a desire to make great Zin, led our winemaking team to Lodi, California's zinfamous appellation. But it was a sense of fun - wine should be fun, accessible, easy to understand and enjoy - that led us to create Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin. The sight of the free standing "head trained" vines found in older vineyards in California was the inspiration for G... Read more
A passion for Zinfandel and a desire to make great Zin, led our winemaking team to Lodi, California's zinfamous appellation. But it was a sense of fun - wine should be fun, accessible, easy to understand and enjoy - that led us to create Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin. The sight of the free standing "head trained" vines found in older vineyards in California was the inspiration for Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin. These 35 to 80 year old vines have twisted old trunks and branches that spread out in all directions sprouting leaves like unruly umbrellas - truly gnarly heads. The grapes these old vines produce are small and few, but offer big flavor! But Zinfandel is not the only California grape that can be Gnarly. Our winemaking team selects grapes from some of the best vineyards in Northern California for our Gnarly Head Chardonnay, Merlot and Cab (Cabernet Sauvignon). Gnarly Head wines are easy to drink and pair with food, and made to bring people together, to enjoy with laughter, to celebrate past escapades and future adventures. Cheers! Read less
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Member Reviews for Gnarly Head Pinot Noir California

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Snooth User: bn196
571697111
2.50 5
Vintage: 2010 02/08/2013

2009 vintage, Typical inexpensive, drinkable Pinot, although the one I just had was a bit hot on the alcohol. Possibly a shade better than Pepperwood Grove from Chile.


Snooth User: Shari Anderson
114892742
4.00 5
03/02/2013

Such a surprise for an inexpensive wine. Lovely clove undertones to a berry finish.


Snooth User: Bankshot
79278530
4.00 5
08/03/2011

I like this wine. This is the first Pinot Noir that I've tried. It has a medium body, and sweet plummy fragrance. Very smooth and balanced. Slight spice with the plummy flavors. Slight bitter cherry flavor. Not particularly complex. I would have enjoyed a bit more of the spice to shine through, although I'm not sure if that is within the style. Short finish. Recommend for under $10.


Snooth User: Chris Regan
87172321
3.00 5
07/08/2011

I am enjoying this wine. It is fairly straight forward. I am finding all the right varietal characteristics: light in pigment, bright fruits, cherry and raspberry and high acidity. Enjoy it slightly cool to cut the alcohol taste. Most importantly, I don't need a rolaid to enjoy this one. Typically Pinot Noir is too high in acidity. This one isn't as brutal as some of the others I have had. Good price. Good wine. If you share it with good friends, you will be having a good time!


Snooth User: wright2
111075940
4.00 5
06/10/2012

Four glasses


External Reviews for Gnarly Head Pinot Noir California

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 12/17/2014

Gnarly Head 2011 Pinot Noir takes "the heartbreak grape" for a walk on the wild side. This powerful pinot touts voluptuous aromas of red cherry, vanilla, earth and spice, followed by a rush of black cherry and plum with hints of toasted hazelnut, tobacco and cigar box on the palate. Supple, sleek tannins and lush fruit make this wine a perfect pair for salami and arugula pizza, slow roasted pork loin, or dry brined chicken stuffed with sausage and peppers. - Winery ALCOHOL: 13.5% by volume TOTAL ACID: 0.58g/100ml FINAL pH: 3.59


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 09/03/2013

Gnarly Head 2011 Pinot Noir takes "the heartbreak grape" for a walk on the wild side. This powerful pinot touts voluptuous aromas of red cherry, vanilla, earth and spice, followed by a rush of black cherry and plum with hints of toasted hazelnut, tobacco and cigar box on the palate. Supple, sleek tannins and lush fruit make this wine a perfect pair for salami and arugula pizza, slow roasted pork loin, or dry brined chicken stuffed with sausage and peppers. - WineryALCOHOL: 13.5% by volumeTOTAL ACID: 0.58g/100mlFINAL pH: 3.59


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 09/03/2013

Gnarly Head Pinot Noir is beautifully balanced with bright cherry and raspberry fruit flavors followed by hints of spice on the finish. Its bright fruit and gentle tannins score big with grilled salmon, glazed pork ribs, and BBQ chicken. Better yet, couple this Pinot Noir with pizza night and dining in will never be the same. - Winery ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 12/14/2011

Gnarly Head Pinot Noir is beautifully balanced with bright cherry and raspberry fruit flavors followed by hints of spice on the finish. Its bright fruit and gentle tannins score big with grilled salmon, glazed pork ribs, and BBQ chicken. Better yet, couple this Pinot Noir with pizza night and dining in will never be the same. - Winery


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
04/12/2011

Gnarly Head Wines are crafted with California's spirit of fun and adventure - each sip plunges the palate into luscious, concentrated fruit flavor and unexpected spice notes. Our Gnarly grapes come fr


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/11/2011

Gnarly Head Pinot Noir 2009 750ML


External Review
06/14/2012

Beautifully balanced wine with bright cherry and raspberry fruit flavors followed by hints of spice on the finish.



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The Gnarly Head winemakers secretly call Pinot Noir “the heartbreak grape.” Notoriously difficult and challenging to grow and vinify, yet impossibly seductive on the palate, it takes a combination of daring winemaking skill and exceptional vineyards to wrest greatness from this alluring variety which we make in our own gnarly style. Our Pinot Noir has voluptuous, sleek tannins and lush fruit with aromas and flavors of violet, black cherry and plum with hints of toasted oak, cigar box, earth and spice. Round up some friends, break out a bottle of Gnarly Pinot Noir and enjoy with grilled salmon, glazed pork ribs or roast turkey.

Gnarly Head Wines are crafted with California's spirit of fun and adventure - each sip plunges the palate into luscious concentrated fruit flavor and unexpected spice notes. Our Gnarly grapes come fr

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.5% pH: 3.50
Sugar: 0.25 grams per liter Total Acidity: 0.58 grams per liter

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