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Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Chalone Brosseau Vineyard 2005

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Wine Advocate Review Rated 90 Tightly wound and compact, with taut, intense mineral, blueberry and blackberry flavors that are closed in and need time in bottle. Firmly tannic on the finish. Drink now through 2011.

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Loring Wine Company:
My name is Brian Loring and my obsession is Pinot Noir. OK, I'm also pretty crazy about Champagne, but that's another story. While in college, I worked at a wine shop in Hollywood (Victor's), where one of the owners was a Burgundy fanatic. So, my very first experiences with Pinot Noir were from producers like Domaine Dujac, Henri Jayer, and DRC. Needless to say, I found subsequent tasting safar... Read more
My name is Brian Loring and my obsession is Pinot Noir. OK, I'm also pretty crazy about Champagne, but that's another story. While in college, I worked at a wine shop in Hollywood (Victor's), where one of the owners was a Burgundy fanatic. So, my very first experiences with Pinot Noir were from producers like Domaine Dujac, Henri Jayer, and DRC. Needless to say, I found subsequent tasting safaris into the domestic Pinot Noir jungle less than satisfying. It wasn稚 until I literally stumbled into Calera (I tripped over a case of their wine in the store room) that I found a California Pinot Noir that I could love. But it would be quite a while before I found someone else that lived up to the standard that Josh Jensen had established. I eventually came to understand and enjoy Pinots from Williams Selyem, Chalone, and Sanford, but I really got excited about California Pinot Noir when I met Norm Beko from Cottonwood Canyon at an Orange County Wine Society tasting. I壇 made about 3 trips around the booths at the tasting without finding a single good Pinot Noir. So, being the open minded person that I am (remember I passed him up 3 times), I stopped at the Cottonwood booth. I was BLOWN away by Norm痴 1990 Santa Maria Pinot Noir. After a few years of attending every Cottonwood event and asking Norm 10,000 questions about winemaking, he offered to let come learn the process during the '97 crush. I checked sugar levels, picked, crushed, punched down, pressed, filled barrels, and generally moved a bunch of stuff around with fork lifts and pallet jacks! It was the time of my life... I was totally hooked. And even though I hadn't planned it, I ended up making two barrels of Pinot Noir. That was the start of the Loring Wine Company. What had started out as a dream 15 years earlier was now a reality - I was a winemaker! Read less

External Reviews for Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Chalone Brosseau Vineyard

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Tightly wound and compact, with taut, intense mineral, blueberry and blackberry flavors that are closed in and need time in bottle. Firmly tannic on the finish. Drink now through 2011.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Good bright, deep red. More complex aromas of red berries, smoke and earth. Rich, ripe and sweet, with blueberry, raspberry and spice flavors nicely framed by harmonious acidity. A step up in thickness and chewiness from the Keefer Ranch. But this also finishes with good brightness and energy.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/19/2013

Medium ruby purple color; deep, earthy, dusty cherry aromas; deep, complex, dusty cherry flavors with earthy notes and a bit of tannin; good structure and balance; long finish. An earthier style, this Pinot nonetheless has nice cherry flavors. Great for an earthier pasta or meat dish.



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Wine Advocate Review Rated 90 Tightly wound and compact, with taut, intense mineral, blueberry and blackberry flavors that are closed in and need time in bottle. Firmly tannic on the finish. Drink now through 2011.

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