2008 Banshee Sonoma County Pinot Noir - SOLD OUT

SKU #1059741

Banshee is not really a winery, but a band of wine industry insiders dedicated to producing benchmark wines without the cult wine prices. Banshee specializes in finding hidden gems in other wineries' cellars and then blending those barrels to create killer wines. You'll never know from what luxury estate this Pinot Noir call home, but once you taste it, you won't care. A somewhat spicy nose of sassafras and cola gives way to cool strawberry and boysenberry flavors. This wine was sourced only from vineyards utilizing organic viticulture practices. Oozing class, this beauty does everything that top-notch Pinot should, and then some.

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/12/2010 | Send Email
That is right the Banshee is back! This time in what appears to be exactly the same bottle, but be sure to read the fine print gone is the super ripe, masculine exuberance of the Santa Lucia Highlands Appellation and what has taken its place is the refined, subtle, feminine nature of the Sonoma County bottling. This is the bottling that first caught my attention when tasting the Banshee wines, the wine that I believed to be the most complete, the best of the lineup. It was just hard not to give you the lush, open, crowd pleasing SLH bottling first, after all it was the most attention catching of the bunch. The Sonoma County bottling is much more restrained and understated, it that sense much more traditional Pinot Noir. Aromatics of ripe plum, dusty black currant and fried sage are meshed well in the nose. Medium weight and unmarred by any sort of obtuse oak or over ripe fruit this sings with its flavors of sandalwood, summer blackberries, cardamom and cedar. Like the SLH was before it, this is one of the best $20 Pinots we have in the store currently.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Santa Lucia Highlands