2009 Rickshaw Sonoma County Pinot Noir

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The three young men from Banshee have struck pay dirt again. Noah, Steve and Baron have come up with another label, Rickshaw, which specializes in even more affordable Pinot Noir. Imagine the quality of Banshee Pinot Noir for $15 rather than $20. Imagine all the things you can do with that extra $5, like buy a gallon of gas. These guys must have their finger on the pulse of some incredible fruit because this Pinot from Sonoma County sings from the minute you twist its cap. Full of aromas of sun-ripened blackberry and blueberry fruit, with a pretty cafe con leche note, the nose gives away its serious but accessible nature. Ripe, juicy and full of character, this gets even more impressive the moment it enters your mouth with the dark fruited tones of Sonoma Coast fruit and the soft open knit texture of Russian River Valley. With a likeable streak of oak toast running down the middle of the wine that adds dimension and richness, this is even appropriate for slightly heftier dishes like BBQ and fresh salmon. This speaks of the freshness of spring and the affordability to stock up for summer. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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By: Jim Boyce |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/30/2011  | Send Email
As a few others have noted before me, this is another fantastic pinot from the guys behind Banshee. Fantasic Sonoma County and Russian River sourced fruit is blended together by some of the best in the business to create a overachieving $15 pinot. Rich red and blue fruit with a hint of oak makes a pinot that can be paired with just about any food and should be on hand at all times!

By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/28/2011  | Send Email
For those who lust after Pinot Noir but often despair at the sticker price of this most evocatively-perfumed varietal, the clever triumvirate at Banshee Wines have come up with an inspired solution— through their insider contacts with select wineries up and down the Golden State, they have perfected the process of selecting surplus lots of fruit that they expertly blend into perfectly delicious wines, among them the stunning 2009 Banshee Sonoma County Pinot and the ultra-bargain bestselling 2009 Rickshaw, an inviting, fruit-driven, cherry and raspberry scented beauty sourced from cool Sonoma coastal and lush Russian River fruit.
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By: Mari Keilman |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/31/2011  | Send Email
When talking about Pinot Noir, it's often extremely difficult to find a varietally correct, wonderfully crafted, well balanced example for less than $20. This is where the Rickshaw pinot takes center stage. Exactly what you would expect from a Sonoma County Pinot Noir; structure, acid and the classic black cherry and dark purple fruit.

By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/31/2011  | Send Email
These fella’s from Banshee wines know how to find good wine. This very affordable pinot leaps from the glass with a myriad of fruit notes that are not only much more complex and balanced than your average 15 dollar pinot, they leave you with a strong desire for another glass. Warm and rich but balanced, the Rickshaw pinot is a must try for those people who fell in love with the Banshee Pinot last year.

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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.
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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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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 (%): 14.6