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The Pinot Project Pinot Noir 2010 and 2011

After my foray into a dense, rich, earthy Old World Pinot Noir, I wanted to explore the sometimes massive contrasts within a single varietal; therefore I immediately followed up the Messer Spätburgunder Trockenwith a California Pinot Noir. My cousin selected The Pinot Project Pinot Noir 2010 for me to delve into. As with so many other California bottles I’ve had the good fortune to enjoy, The Pinot Project is the direct result of the soft economy. Fantastic vineyards are still propagating their high-end, wonderful grapes, which leads to either second labels for the winery, or their grapes up for sale at much lower prices than usual. The Pinot Project benefitted from the latter, and as per the norm, the source of their grapes is not disclosed, although we do know that the wine was created by respected importer Michael Skurnik. The 2009 vintage had rave reviews, and after enjoying my glass, I trust the 2010 will likewise be praised.

Translucent sparkling ruby in colour, alluring aromas of violets and strawberry fluttered about in the glass. Soft flavours of black cherry and raspberry rounded out the medium body, whilst a pleasant acidity contributed a bright freshness. The gratifying finish delivered soft, yet spicy notes of licorice and ginger encircling traces of warm oak. Silky-smooth and easy drinking on its own or with dinner, this is a friendly, crowd pleasing bottle.

100% Pinot Noir
Vinted and Bottled by the Pinot Project Calistoga, CA
13.5% alcohol
$12 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2013

*update 1.28.13
The Pinot Project Pinot Noir 2011
Delightfully similar to the 2010 vintage, the candied violet and cherry aromas were joined by an earthy green olive element. The medium body boasted red current and cherry flavours whilst the finish was slightly brief with less noticeable warm spices. Overall, still lovely with bright fruit flavours and a fresh tartness creating a friendly, crowd pleasing glass.

Enjoy now thru 2014

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