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Saintsbury Pinot Noir Carneros Lee Vineyard 2012
89 points Wine Enthusiast: Herbal and spicy, this vibrant red cherry-laced Pinot is tightly woven and expressive. Full in the mouth, it also has buoyant acidity to keep things moving along and steer the wine into elegance. Consider pairing this fine food wine with pork tenderloin lathered in a cherry reduction sauce. Alcohol 14.2%. (Oct 2014)
First published in 1920, George Saintsbury’s “Notes on a Cellar-Book” has inspired many to experiment widely and to form opinions unaffected by the fashion of the day. Included in those ranks are Mr. Ward and Mr. Graves, who named their winery in honor of Professor Saintsbury.
Four and a half glasses
Awesome pinot rich and tasty
Somewhat murky in the glass. Middlin' bouquet on the nose. Obvious pinot noir cherries on the palate. Fairly firm wine with nice tartness, some tannin. It's an OK wine, but not one I would seek out in the marketplace to get more. For some reason, though, I have two more bottles of it. This was a fairly highly rated wine in the press. So, maybe I have to try it with another meal. Drank last night with grilled Sockeye Salmon, grilled potatoes and steamed asparagus. I would like to try my next bottle with beef. $29.99 last February.
Pale garnet with a tinge of brown/orange. Strawberry nose, with a bit of oak on the palate. Very nice, long finish.
Citrus, especially grapefruit, predominates on the nose. Also soured lemons, tangy acid. Palate laced with grapefruit, dirt, oak, slight pepper, tobacco, earthy, and blackberries. Acidic throughout. Bland and flat, uninteresting after grapefruit zing.
Color-Cherry Red; Nose-Cherry Cola; Mouth-Cedar, berry, toast; finish-medium. Buy it, drink it.
External Reviews for Saintsbury Pinot Noir Carneros Lee Vineyard
Charred oak flavors are dry and herbal on the finish. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 746 cases made. -by Wine Spectator This is from a cool part of Carneros, and from this cool vintage, acidity stars in this bone-dry wine. It's not the
This is perhaps the most aromatically refined wine in the range with its red berry fruit black raspberry plum floral and soft spice aromas. The delicious round and lush flavors are very forward and accessible with plenty of mouth coating dry extract. Similar to the Cerise one could wish for just a bit more depth but this is really very stylish and so delicious and it s hard to resist appreciating anyway. Outstanding Burghound.
Ripe and delicious in fruit this Pinot tastes like juicy raspberries cherries and persimmons drizzled with brown sugar and vanilla. A touch of heat shows on the finish. Drink now
Strikes a nice balance between ripe fresh cherry-berry fruit and minerally fresh earth touches keeping its focus on the berry themes. The tannins are integrated. Drink now through 2020.
Ripe and delicious in fruit this Pinot tastes like juicy raspberries cherries and persimmons drizzled with brown sugar and vanilla. A touch of heat shows on the finish. Drink now-2014 for freshness. - S.H. Wine Enthusiast.
The 2009 Pinot Noir Lee Vineyard shows gorgeous depth in its dark red fruit, tobacco, spices and cedar. This plush, generous Pinot can be enjoyed today, but it will be even better in another year or two once the flavors develop a little. I especially... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2009 Saintsbury Pinot Noir Lee Vineyard 750ml
One star and a "Good Value" designation from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "Bright Bing cherry smells mixed with hints of sweet smoke show up in the lively aromas of this pert, vital bottling. Racy in feel on the palate and full of energy from front to back, this is the most likeable version of Garnet in some years, and its graceful delivery of balanced, light on its feet, keenly focused Pinot fruit will make it a favorite for light veal and game bird dishes." (02/08) Since 1983, Saintsbury has been making the Carneros "Garnet" Pinot Noir as their standard bearer for high quality, high value pinot. Saintsburgy grows all its fruit sustainably and is a member of the Napa Green Coalition. A blend of lots from the 2006 vintage were chosen for their approachability and potential for a refreshing style of wine, reflective of the unique character of Carneros climate and soils. The wine is characterized by forward, almost framboise-like raspberry and black cherry fruit and forest floor, spice and lilac aromas, a juicy middle and fine tannins. Fewer than 2,000 cases produced.
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