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Not yet reviewed; 2009 vintage rated 89 points by Wine Enthusiast: Garnet long has been one of California’s greatest ...Read more...
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A beautiful garnet red color (kind of just like the name, HA!). The nose is very oaky, reminiscent of sawdust with slight tobacco notes, smoke, and... Read more
Light--> medium-bodied pinot noir. Crisp with just the right amount of fruit and thoroughly enjoyable on its own. Read more
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A beautiful garnet red color (kind of just like the name, HA!). The nose is very oaky, reminiscent of sawdust with slight tobacco notes, smoke, and hints of grilled red meat. Dusty with plum, raspberry, and sweet cherry. Initially smooth and medium-full bodied, the wine transitions toward more aggressive tannins, with a feel like suede on the tongue. Sweet cherries and raspberry present initially, and licorice and Asian herbs and spices introduce themselves on the mid-palate. The finish is grippy with lingering cigar, oak, and red fruits. This wine was typically American in style: Very oak driven and powerful. Complex enough, but slightly out of balance, and very young.
Light--> medium-bodied pinot noir. Crisp with just the right amount of fruit and thoroughly enjoyable on its own.
Family...Copeland family starter!!! 3-27
The Saintsbury Garnet Pinot is not as complex as the more expensive Carneros Pinot Noirs, but it's excellent in its price range. At $15, this is my favorite budget-friendly pinot.
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The two Pinot Noirs include the screw cap-finished 2009 Garnet. This is a delightful, fruit-driven, lighter style of Pinot with plenty of cherries and spice as well as a hint of herbs. Simple, medium-bodied, but very satisfying, it should be drunk over the next several years.
A smooth, elegant, refined style, with ripe cherry, mushroom, earth and anise flavors that pick up a floral note. Drink now through 2004.
Lots of ripe, rich, jammy blackberry and black cherry fruit that is supple and well-centered, offering depth and concentration, with surprisingly firm tannins (for Garnet). A winner. Drink now through 2005.
Medium cherry-red. Vibrant aromas of crushed cherry and raspberry. Fruity, supple and juicy, with a restrained sweetness to the red fruit and spice flavors. Rich for this bottling, and very easy to drink. Finishes fresh, with a dusting of tannins and good length.
For years Saintsbury has been blending their lighter styled, more perfumed lots to create “Garnet” named for the precious stone. It is created to be a bright, red fruit filled easy drinking Pinot Noir. Drink now or hold 2-5 years. Aged for 8 months in French oak - 20% of which was new.
Bright red. Fruit-riven aromas of cherry, raspberry and orange peel. Tangy flavors of spicy red fruits. Finishes brisk and persistent, with easy tannins and a note of strawberry.
Not yet reviewed; 2009 vintage rated 89 points by Wine Enthusiast: Garnet long has been one of California’s greatest entry-level Pinot Noirs, and it still is. Maybe the best. The ’09 reflects the balanced vintage. It’s a dry, silky, light-bodied wine, with pretty raspberry and cola flavors.
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