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Valley of the Moon Pinot Noir 2011

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

A bit low key on the nose with layers of vanilla, berries, a bit of Bovril brothiness, and a base of black currant fruit. If it weren't for the fact that this has plenty of acid and its intense fruit isn't sweet, I might be tempted to call it a fruit bomb. There's a ton of fruit here, with dry wild blackberry and lightly gamy blueberry wrapped in a subtle layer of wood spice and dried mushrooms. The tannins show themselves on the finish and while they are noticeable, they really aren't pronounced, allowing the dried mushroom and huckleberry fruit to extend over the modest finish. The texture is the most appealing part: focused, a bit edgy and with palate-saturating flavor yet no sticky weight. This just needs a bit more elegance to make it complete. 89pts

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Valley of the Moon Winery:
Valley of the Moon Winery has been in operation longer than any other winery in the Glen Ellen area. The stone structures themselves date back to 1863, and have great historial significance. In 1997 the winery was transformed into a contemporary winemaking facility; still the original heritage was preserved. Valley of the Moon Winery, as it exsists today, is a testament to both vision and r... Read more
Valley of the Moon Winery has been in operation longer than any other winery in the Glen Ellen area. The stone structures themselves date back to 1863, and have great historial significance. In 1997 the winery was transformed into a contemporary winemaking facility; still the original heritage was preserved. Valley of the Moon Winery, as it exsists today, is a testament to both vision and rebirth. The history and old walls remain, but the technology and styling is resolutely modern. This harmonious marriage of past and present provides the perfect environment to craft world-class wines. www.valleyofthemoonwinery.com Read less

Editorial Reviews for Valley of the Moon Pinot Noir

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,083
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 11/19/2012

A bit low key on the nose with layers of vanilla, berries, a bit of Bovril brothiness, and a base of black currant fruit. If it weren't for the fact that this has plenty of acid and its intense fruit isn't sweet, I might be tempted to call it a fruit bomb. There's a ton of fruit here, with dry wild blackberry and lightly gamy blueberry wrapped in a subtle layer of wood spice and dried mushrooms. The tannins show themselves on the finish and while they are noticeable, they really aren't pronounced, allowing the dried mushroom and huckleberry fruit to extend over the modest finish. The texture is the most appealing part: focused, a bit edgy and with palate-saturating flavor yet no sticky weight. This just needs a bit more elegance to make it complete. 89pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,083
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 12/09/2010

This is very fresh on the nose with a distinctly citrus fruitiness over bright, sweet, fresh red cherry and red currant fruit. There’s a gentle herbal tone as well, but this is really about very light astringent red fruits and that orangey backdrop. Soft and medium-bodied in the mouth, with flavors that mirror the aromas, edged in blood-orange and rich with Frutti di Bosco flavors. There’s a light herbal element as well that adds complexity to this fresh, zesty wine. Love the texture and the freshness of the fruit here. Not a typical Pinot Noir, but maybe this should be! 89pts


Member Reviews for Valley of the Moon Pinot Noir

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Snooth User: zinfandel1
1546601,040
0.00 5
Vintage: 2010 09/17/2013

Color is darker than expected for a Pinot Noir. Flowers on the nose. On the palate soft tannins with some strawberry and plum. Very soft and friendly wine.


Snooth User: Kyle Graynor
4557977,445
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 03/03/2011

Very well balanced


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 11/15/2012

fresh red fruit with a kick, spice on the finish. well balanced, medium bodied, yum!


Snooth User: lyd753
58886132
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 09/30/2010

Three glasses



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