2009 Banshee Sonoma County Pinot Noir

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Banshee's 2009 Sonoma County Pinot Noir has a cool climate edge, made from fruit sourced from two vineyards, one in the Russian River Valley and the other in the Petaluma Wind Gap. The resulting wine is fresh and sultry, with earth, minerals and loads of taut red cherry fruit. There's plenty of refreshing acidity to match the long, ripe tannins, too. A balanced Pinot for your hard-earned buck that will tame the banshee within.

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By: Bryan Brick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/11/2011  | Send Email
The Banshee Pinot Noir is back and better than ever. This years Sonoma County bottling might be the most complete and complex Pinot Noir they’ve made to date with plenty of up front generosity of fruit and enough structure to lie down for 4-5 years. Produced from some of the best Pinot vineyards Sonoma County has to offer this is packed with pretty aromas of blueberry, anise seed, clay and sage. Plush and broad on the mouth the layered flavors of loganberry, loam, sassafrass, raspberry and nutmeg really mesh to together seamlessly. This is a wonderful value that will be sure to please over the next few hectic months and beyond.

By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/10/2011  | Send Email
This is indeed a sultry wine. Lush aromatics, elegant spices, minimal tannins, and a great balance between ripe fruit and cleansing acid. I'm actually having a hard time putting this one down, every sip brings more intrigue. I have a feeling this is going to go very well with the roasted spaghetti squash with olive oil, thyme, garlic cloves, parm, and red pepper flakes topped with herbed toasted bread crumbs that I'm having for lunch...

By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/10/2011  | Send Email
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This wine is absolutely delicious. My taste runs toward drier, balanced Pinot Noir and this is jut that. On the nose, minerals, ripe cherries and just a slight hint of anise in the background. On the palate, very bright red and black cherries, spices, light tannins and a subtle bit of oak. The minerality carries through on the finish, which is quite long. This is a wine that will be very versatile at mealtime with most kinds of fish, poultry and pork. A great value for the quality that we are looking at!
Top Value! Drink from 2011 to 2014

 By: Mike McCarty |  Review Date: 1/31/2012 
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Good, but not great. Aroma hard to find and what is there is simple and correct.

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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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

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.
Specific Appellation:

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).