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Greg Norman Estates Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County 2014

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Known for its extended growing season and unique east-west valleys, Santa Barbara County offers grapes every opportunity to ripen to their fullest, thus delivering concentrated flavors and structure to the finished wines. Cool breezes from the nearby Pacific Ocean keep the temperatures mild and even most of the year, further enhancing fruit quality. Sandstone and limestone soils offer little in the way of nutrients, forcing the vines to struggle for growth, thereby producing berries packed with flavor intensity. A majority of the fruit for this wine came from Cat Canyon, which through its higher elevation and thus larger diurnal shifts in temperature, the grapes produce lovely acidity and intense tropical fruit flavors. After a gentle de-stemming process the whole berries were fermented in stainless steel open-top tanks and punched down daily. A portion of the wine gained complexity with time in exclusively French oak. The remainder of the blend was aged in stainless steel to preserve the fresh fruit flavors and maintain good acid structure to the finished wine. This wine opens with bright aromas of fresh strawberry, cherry pie and subtle cinnamon spice notes, leading to a juicy palate with flavors of red raspberry, strawberry and notes of sweet vanilla. Overall, well-balanced with bright acidity, smooth tannins and a lingering finish. Recently scored a 92 point Gold Medal in the Critics Challenge Wine Competition.

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Greg's Wine Preferences I was first introduced to wine and the appreciation of a good bottle of wine back in the 70s when I started playing professional golf in Europe. I would frequently enjoy a bottle of wine with dinner and since I was playing a great deal of golf in France at the time, we favored French wine. While in Australia, I did try many Aussie wines, but they were not nearly as popul... Read more
Greg's Wine Preferences I was first introduced to wine and the appreciation of a good bottle of wine back in the 70s when I started playing professional golf in Europe. I would frequently enjoy a bottle of wine with dinner and since I was playing a great deal of golf in France at the time, we favored French wine. While in Australia, I did try many Aussie wines, but they were not nearly as popular as they are today. I drank Californian wine very infrequently, as I was not a regular in the States. Now, however, it seems all I drink are varietals from Australia or California, as I tend to enjoy their qualities better than wines from other countries. One of my favorite wines is the Australian Reserve Shiraz. It has such a deep, intense flavor, filled with tannins that are pronounced but not overbearing, and a hint of blueberry. Zinfandel is also a personal favorite, and the new Lake County Zinfandel has the spicy, red fruit character style that I particularly enjoy. Only after many years of experimenting with wines from all over the world have I come to understand the characteristics that I most enjoy. In my Chardonnays, I prefer a less dry, less heavy wine with more oak flavor to it. I find that most California and Australian Chardonnays possess this quality. For this reason, I wanted the style of my new Santa Barbara County Chardonnay to be alive with fruit flavors and pair well with many foods. Many people assume that I prefer Australian wine above all others, because that is where Greg Norman Estates originated, but it isn't true. For me it depends on the situation, menu choice and mood. I am more of a casual wine drinker, rather than an intense wine connoisseur, and therefore I drink whatever wine I have a desire for at that moment. Read less

Member Reviews for Greg Norman Estates Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County

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Snooth User: Mosca
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2012 05/27/2014

Four glasses


Snooth User: compostod
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2.50 5
Vintage: 2008 04/07/2011

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: kipgibbus
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 09/03/2008

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Snooth User: breezyleezy
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 08/03/2007

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Snooth User: dabriza
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3.50 5
Vintage: NV 05/30/2011

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Greg Norman Estates Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County

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Vintage: 2013 06/03/2015

Known for its extended growing season and unique east-west valleys, Santa Barbara County offers grapes every opportunity to ripen to their fullest, thus delivering concentrated flavors and structure to the finished wines. Cool breezes from the nearby Pacific Ocean keep the temperatures mild and even most of the year, further enhancing fruit quality. Sandstone and limestone soils offer little in the way of nutrients, forcing the vines to struggle for growth, thereby producing berries packed with flavor intensity. A majority of the fruit for this wine came from Cat Canyon, which through its higher elevation and thus larger diurnal shifts in temperature, the grapes produce lovely acidity and intense tropical fruit flavors. After a gentle de-stemming process the whole berries were fermented in stainless steel open-top tanks and punched down daily. A portion of the wine gained complexity with time in exclusively French oak. The remainder of the blend was aged in stainless steel to preserve the fresh fruit flavors and maintain good acid structure to the finished wine. This wine opens with bright aromas of fresh strawberry, cherry pie and subtle cinnamon spice notes, leading to a juicy palate with flavors of red raspberry, strawberry and notes of sweet vanilla. Overall, well-balanced with bright acidity, smooth tannins and a lingering finish. Recently scored a 92 point Gold Medal in the Critics Challenge Wine Competition.


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Vintage: 2012 08/04/2014

Shows a charred oak edge to the firm dried berry and spice flavors, ending with roasted herb and cedar notes. Drink now.


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Vintage: 2012 08/04/2014

This shark will bite you with its tart cherry and pepper initially, then it mellows out to juicy, ripe red berry and warm vanilla notes. Medium-bodied and bright, perfect for grilled white meats.


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Vintage: 2009 07/11/2011

Offers a mix of sour cherry, cranberry, red plum and spice notes. Full-bodied, fit and chewy, ending on a simpler note. Drink now through 2013.


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Vintage: 2009 07/11/2011

Appealing for its direct, user-friendly, up-front fruitiness, with ripe plum, blackberry and cherry notes that are rich and fleshy. Drink now.


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Vintage: 2009 07/11/2011

Floral scents and flavors of black cherry, plum and strawberry jam. Hints of black pepper, tamarind and vanilla resonate in a smooth, soft and savory finish. A great bottle to serve alongside roast pork tenderloin and herbed risotto.


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Vintage: 2009 07/11/2011

Refreshingly complex, elegant and stylish, with a tasty mix of mineral, black cherry, wild berry and floral scents that are long and complex on the finish. Very impressive at this price. Drink now.


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