2010 Kalinda Monterey County Pinot Noir

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From our good friends at Testarossa, this lovely pinot is soft and elegant. Tons of ripe strawberry fruit mixed with vanilla-spiced oak. Totally delicious and affordable. Floral notes on the nose, and rich in ripe cherries on the nose and in the mouth, it’s also bright and alive with nicely balanced acidity. Much fruitier than other Monterey County Pinots I’ve had, and without the earthy finish, but it’s certainly distinct, and possibly an earmark of this particular single-source vineyard.

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Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/30/2012 | Send Email
The Kalinda Monterey County Pinot Noir is a light bodied wine that will drink well alone or with chicken, salmon,or vegtables. It has nice soft cherry flavors and is easy to drink.

Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/29/2012 | Send Email
Dusty berry fruit picks up a hint of rhubarb here, with floral notes providing some lift. A smidge of vanilla kisses the finish on this easy going, forward, plush Pinot Noir.

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/18/2012 | Send Email
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Produced for us by Testarossa, this medium deep ruby in color Monterey Pinot shows tons of strawberry to rose petal scents, with just a hint of game and cream, while on the palate, the fruit is bright, fleshy, focused, and totally drinkable now. It is well-structured, balanced, and round. According to The Beaner, this Gem needs to be one of our house reds for the month and beyond. 14.3% ABV (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2012 to 2017

Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/6/2012 | Send Email
Candied red fruit, raspberry, plush in the mouth, low tannins, clean finish. What a delightful new addition to the Kalinda line of fine wines! Fabulous!

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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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Monterey/Carmel Valley

- These heavily planted regions on either side of the vast Salinas Valley account for much of the mass-produced, commercial wine sold in supermarkets nationwide. In the hills, however, and in sub-AVAs like Chalone and Santa Lucia Highlands, quality is much higher. Pinot noir and chardonnay look to be particularly promising.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.3