2011 Angeline Pinot Noir

SKU #1107537 Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* A solid Pinot Noir, this is surprisingly good for the price. It shows a delicate texture and plenty of dry elegance, along with flavors of tobacco, pomegrante and sour cherry candy. It should be relatively easy to find, with 40,000 cases produced.  (12/2012)

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Named by Wine & Spirits as one of the 15 Top American Value Brands in 2006 and 2007, Angeline is part of the Martin Ray family of wines made with the budget-sensitive consumer in mind. Pinot Noir is difficult to grow and thereby almost universally expensive, but Angeline succeeds in producing a balanced, food-friendly and affordable bottling every year... and yes, it is 100% Pinot Noir. The 2011 vintage was produced from grapes grown in select vineyards in Santa Barbara, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties. The 2011 vintage was cooler than usual, so grapes were allowed to hang on the vines longer in order to fully develop their flavors which are complemented by bright acidity and low alcohol. From the winery: "This Pinot Noir is a lively garnet color with aromas of intense fruit, luscious vanilla and spice. Bright fruit flavors of fresh strawberry, cherry, raspberry and ripe plum are layered with creamy vanilla, earthy overtones, tea spice and sweet toasty oak on the finish."

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/22/2013 | Send Email
A delicious little everyday Pinot. This wine really restored my faith in sub $15 California Pinot. Great purity of fruit, good weight on the palate without being over extracted. A little hint of baking spices on the finish gives lift and complexity way beyond its surprisingly low price point! Quaffable Pinot that you can afford to drink every night or break out at a party. Cheers!
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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/19/2013 | Send Email
The 1st big surprise of 2013! Very classic Pinot. California for sure, with strawberry, cherry and vanilla, but also, coffee, and nice spices.

Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/30/2013 | Send Email
True, well blanced Pinot Noir from California for under $12 is a rarity. Angeline fires on all cylinders. Great dark cherry and raspberry fruit, earth, and a touch of spice. Great value!
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Staff Image By: Leah Greenstein | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/16/2013 | Send Email
Finding varietally correct Pinot Noir in this price range is not easy. Too often something is out of wack, and there's a lot of winemaking to try and cover up those flaws. Which is why I was both surprised and excited when I tasted the Angeline. It smells and tastes like California Pinot Noir, and it's only $10! Raspberry, strawberry and blueberry fruit dominate the nose, which has just a kiss of spice. The palate is juicy, with solid acidity and neutral oak character--not the flavors of oak, but its softening, subtler influences. A stellar deal for everyday drinking.

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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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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5