Landmark Chard Pinot Noir 2008

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The 2008 Grand Detour Pinot Noir is a blend of Sonoma Coast vineyards: Kanzler, Keller Estate, Flocchini, Spring Hill, and Armagh. The result is a wine that exhibits great typicity and elegant balance. The cool, dry growing season yielded small berries with concentrated flavors of raspberry and strawberry. It was aged in 33% new oak for ten months. This is an elegant, classic Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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Landmark Vineyards may have been founded in the Windsor area of Sonoma County in 1974, but its roots stretch all the way back to 1838 and America’s heartland. It was in Grand Detour, Illinois of that year that John Deere invented the steel plow – an event that virtually revolutionized the business of agriculture. In 1989, John Deere’s great great granddaughter, Damaris Deere Ford, following the... Read more
Landmark Vineyards may have been founded in the Windsor area of Sonoma County in 1974, but its roots stretch all the way back to 1838 and America’s heartland. It was in Grand Detour, Illinois of that year that John Deere invented the steel plow – an event that virtually revolutionized the business of agriculture. In 1989, John Deere’s great great granddaughter, Damaris Deere Ford, following the family tradition in agriculture, relocated Landmark Vineyards from Windsor, a town that was slowly being smothered by urban sprawl to a spectacular piece of land at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain in the Sonoma Valley. Damaris believed that Landmark could be a small jewel of a winery and built a Spanish mission style winery equipped with state-of-the-art winemaking equipment capable of producing 20,000 cases of wine per year. With the help of renowned Landscape architect, Morgan Wheelock, she developed the 20-acre site into a lush, gorgeously landscaped wine estate. Damaris convinced her son, Michael Deere Colhoun and his wife Mary to move from the east coast and join her as partners in the winery. Once settled, the Colhouns set in motion a plan that would truly make the winery a landmark. In 1993, they hired world-renowned consulting enologist Helen Turley to work with winemaker, Eric Stern. This collaboration led to some excellent winemaking. Under Eric’s direction, Landmark’s wines have consistently garnered rave reviews from the wine writers. Our signature wine, the Overlook Chardonnay, has appeared on The Wine Spectator Top 100 list 7 times since 1997. The names of Landmark’s wines reflect their John Deere heritage. Landmark and Overlook were family homes. The Grand Detour Pinot Noir is named for the location of John Deere’s blacksmithing shop in Illinois. And with a nod to the beginning of it all, the Syrah is aptly named “Steel Plow.” Landmark’s mission is “to make great wines that enhance the joy of life.” Quality and flavor begin in the vineyards. In addition to the estate vineyard, Landmark sources grapes from a range of different vineyards and those selected are among the finest in the highly diverse microclimates of California’s winegrowing regions. While the variation of the wines from vintage to vintage can be dramatic or subtle, the crafting of each year’s wine is guided by a single overriding philosophy at Landmark: “less is more.” According to Winemaker, Eric Stern, “The less the wine is manipulated, the more flavors and aromas remain to enjoy.” Tasting Room Landmark’s Tasting Room is located on the corner of Highway 12 and Adobe Canyon Road in Kenwood. The Tasting Room is open seven days a week and is closed only on major holidays. Hours of operation: 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM seven days a week. Read less

Member Reviews for Landmark Chard Pinot Noir

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
3.50 5
09/03/2011

Very perfumed with lush sweet strawberry and raspberry. It has big spice on the palate with flavors of black plum and red berry fruit. Some chalky minerality. Interesting purple fruit tones. It's a bigger style pinot. Bold flavors and lingers on dark fruit and spice. Definite "food pinot." - Tasted at winery Feb 2011


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
4.00 5
06/25/2011

Nice pinot with a very savory finish. Rich and somewhat salty. - Tasted at winery 12/29/10


Snooth User: BarkingBigDog
33820945
4.00 5
05/30/2010

If you like strong raspberry flavor in your Pinots like the best of Bien Niciedo in Santa Ynez, this Pinot takes that style to another level of maturity that is not typically found in Sonoma. Light bodied and very approachable and elegant.


External Reviews for Landmark Chard Pinot Noir

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/21/2012

The 2008 Pinot Noir Grand Detour offers beautiful aromas of smoky herbs, black cherries, forest floor, and plums. With good structure, round, generous flavors, and medium to full body, this stylish Pinot Noir combines elegance with flavor authority. Enjoy it over the next 3-4 years. Medium red. Raspberry, cherry and cola aromas are complicated by smoky herbs and dried rose. Palate-numbing red fruit flavors are lifted by tangy acidity and pick up a hint of tarragon with air. A bit wound-up today, but finishes with good cut and a lingering note of white pepper. This gained sweetness over a couple of hours, suggesting that I caught it at a youthfully closed point. ** Only 11 in Stock **


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

RP: 89 Points ST: 88 Points


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
10/04/2011

The pair from Landmark are both exceptional wines and, if one feels the need to choose between them, it is a choice within the world of small differences. Those who favor this wine will do so for its slightly greater restraint, slightly tighter structure and its seeming willingness to age very well for the next half decade. Its suppleness is given with less ease than its mate, but its balance is impeccable and time is on its side. Winemaker Notes - The wine exhibits black cherry and damson plum fruit flavors with underlying black tea, orange peel and sandalwood aromas. Soft, ripe tannins and balanced acidity contribute to a long, elegant finish. Suggested Food Pairing: The medium body and good acidity of this wine suggest that it is well suited to duck, salmon and grilled meats as well as ripe cheeses.



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The wine exhibits black cherry and damson plum fruit flavors with underlying black tea, orange peel and sandalwood aromas. Soft, ripe tannins and balanced acidity contribute to a long, elegant finish.

The 2008 Grand Detour Pinot Noir is a blend of Sonoma Coast vineyards: Kanzler, Keller Estate, Flocchini, Spring Hill, and Armagh. The result is a wine that exhibits great typicity and elegant balance. The cool, dry growing season yielded small berries with concentrated flavors of raspberry and strawberry. It was aged in 33% new oak for ten months. This is an elegant, classic Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.

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2500 cases produced.


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