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Mirassou Vineyards Pinot Noir California 2009
From Winery: The Mirassou California Pinot Noir is made with carefully selected California fruit from several regions including Monterey County and Sonoma County. The California appellation allowed the winemaker to choose the best fruit from each region, which acts as the foundation of this fruit forward style of Pinot Noir. Our winemaker, working in close partnership with the viticulturists, created an intensely flavorful Pinot Noir that reflects the terroir of these regions. To protect the flavors of the fruit, the grapes were harvested in the cool of the evening and early morning and cold soaked prior to fermentation. The grapes were destemmed but not crushed to retain the whole berries for fermentation. The grapes were fermented on the skins, but pressed early to avoid harsh tannins from the seeds and skins. Fermentation occurred at an average of 80° to 85° Fahrenheit for five days using predominately Premier cuvee yeast strains. The winemaker's aim with our Mirassou California Pinot Noir was to gently guide the flavors and components along their journey from vineyard to the bottle giving special attention given to the balance between fruit, weight, and texture. The resulting wine is approachable while retaining the hallmark fruit-forward characteristics of Mirassou wines.
For over 150 years the Mirassou family has crafted uniquely expressive wines made with equal parts optimism and California sunshine. Sharing the gift and joy of winemaking has been the Mirassou family's great privilege for six generations, and it continues today. Learn more about the Mirassou Winery by visiting www.mirassou.com
Rich, deep red color. Cherry and cedar aromas. Really nice balance of acidity and tannins and not too heavy -- great mouthfeel. Engaging.
It is a tad green, and not the elegance you like in a red burgundy, but I’m willing to give it a recommendation anyways. Served with a burger, in a not-so-perfect glass, at the wrong temperature, at the same time not pretending to be a Musigny-wannabe. Hey, you can get this at the Pharmacy (CVS), at prices the others could only dream of. Morre on the wine here http://bit.ly/oQ3KuV
This was my first Pinot Noir and I was pleasantly suprised. It made me want to try more !!!
One of my favorites! Fruity and fresh, I drink it with everything.
To me, a mostly cabernet drinker, I find pinot's to be sometimes "watery". I actually like this quite a bit, fruity and refreshing without tasting like "juice". A good inexpensive choice for light fare.
Just tried the 2009 and like it. After decanting for 30 minutes I enjoyed smelling the Cherry, spice and light vanilla aromas . While drinking tasted flavors of cherry and mild warm spice. Although not a sweet wine, this is definitely not dry. The finish leaves me wanting more and eager to try with food.
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External Reviews for Mirassou Vineyards Pinot Noir California
Our Mirassou California Pinot Noir displays fresh fruit flavors of pomegranates, cherries and currants with complementing aromas of strawberries, pomegranates and cherries. This wine is at its best if enjoyed within a year of release, but can age in the bottle for up to three years if carefully cellared. - Winery ** SOLD OUT **
Made in a modern style, this Pinot Noir shows a lot of ripe fruit up front. The palate is flooded with juicy strawberry and sour cherry flavors. A nice touch of oak lends itself to balance out the intense fruit with a creamy vanilla undertone.
The Mirassou family started making wine in the late 1800s, earning them the distinction of being the oldest winemaking family in America. This Pinot Noir, coming from the cooler region of Monterey County, exhibits the Mirassous' expertise. Bright raspberry and red currant flavors explode on the palate, while underlying notes of spice, earth, and smoke create a lasting finish.
Intense flavors of strawberries, pomegranates, and cherries. These primary flavors are enhanced by secondary flavors of floral and spice characters. This wine is at its best if enjoyed within a year of release, but should be able to age in the bottle for up to three years.
The 2008 Pinot Noir is a soft, slightly herbal effort revealing hints of cola, plum and berry fruit offered in a medium-bodied, straightforward style that is hard to beat for the price. Both wines are best drunk in their first year of life.
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From Winery: Taste Profile: Our Mirassou California Pinot Noir displays fresh fruit flavors of pomegranates, cherries and currants with complementing aromas of strawberries, pomegranates and cherries. This wine is at its best if enjoyed within a year of release, but can age in the bottle for up to three years if carefully cellared.
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