2007 Jim Ball "Boonville-Middleridge Ranch" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $45)

SKU #1053530 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Acidity and dryness mark this fine coastal Pinot Noir. It represents a radical change away from lush fruit bombs toward a crisp style meant to support food, not overwhelm it. The cherry, currant, cola and spice flavors have grapeskin tannins that lend a welcome astringency. Drink now through 2011.  (6/ 2009)

Wine Spectator

 Spicy cherry, wild berry and raspberry are ripe and full-bodied, fresh and lively, with firm tannins. Ends with a pretty burst of dark berry frutiness. Drink now through 2013. 650 cases made. (Web-2009)

K&L Notes

The more fruity and forward of the winery's two estate bottlings. The nose is full of precocious blueberry jam, cherry, caraway and chalk aromas that all get more focused with air. Continuing on the palate, these forward, fruit-driven flavors are sure to please, adding a more red-fruited sappiness of cranberry, clove and pomegranate. The finish offers a nice grain of tannic grip, just enough to keep the wine structured and tied together in a tidy package, and a new layer of herbal complexity that adds dimension. (Bryan Brick, K&L Domestic buyer) Virtually any 2007 Anderson Valley Pinot at $19.99 is a steal. This is a complete and balanced wine with great acidity, beautiful cherry fruit with just a hint of cola, spice and earthy flavors. Don't be afraid to buy a case, this wine will drink beautifully for the next year or two.This is probably my favorite of the two '07 Jim Ball wines I tasted this year. (Mike Jordan, K&L Domestic buyer)

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By: Christie Cartwright |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/15/2010  | Send Email
A true California Pinot bursting with ripeness and personality! The red fruit on the nose gets your tastebuds excited for all the great cherry spice and boysenberry fruit to come on the mid-palate. And the finish keeps you wanting more. Definitely food friendly and drinking great right now!

 By: donald pang |  Review Date: 1/31/2010 
I was disappointed with this wine. For a 07, I expected so much more up front fruit. The wine was balanced but not impressive.

 By: KLF |  Review Date: 1/27/2010 
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What a beauty, and what a price. Is there a better value for classic Anderson Valley pinot noir? At a dinner party of 10, we tried 4 pinots from K&L, and the Jim Ball placed #1 or 2 on everyone's list. FYI - the other consistent winner Quartz Reef 2006 from New Zealand.

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Varietal:

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.
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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.
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California

- 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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Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5