2009 Knez "Cerise Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1087831 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Ruby-red. Assertively perfumed aromas of black raspberry, sassafras and musky herbs, along with a hint of star anise. Lush and expansive but surprisingly lively, offering an array of spicy red and dark berry flavors and a hint of bitter cherry. Seamless and smooth on the finish, which leaves notes of dark berry preserves and candied violet behind. This wine's mix of depth and vivacity is pretty compelling; it was fermented with 40% whole clusters, according to winemaker Anthony Filiberti.  (6/ 2011)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Outstanding* A similar but more restrained nose leads to supple and seductively textured flavors that possess better mid-palate density and I particularly like the satiny mouth feel, all wrapped in a balanced, classy and impeccably well-balanced finish that evidences a bit more underlying structure. Like the straight pinot, this is also very stylish and worth your consideration. Peter and Heidi Knez bought the property adjacent to Cerise Vineyard in 2005. Then in 2007 they purchased the 15 year old Cerise vineyard and finally the 30 year old Demuth vineyard. In 2009 Knez hired Anthony Filiberti (of Anthill Farms, see herein) as director of Knez Winery.  (10/ 2011)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/3/2013  | Send Email
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Nice subtle, subdued yet compelling aromatics. Crushed red berries, a malty grainy note and spice cake. Chambolle like dark fruit and a warm earth character. The wine appears somewhat turbid in the glass but there is nothing at all murky about its qualities. Fantastic Pinot of real depth and authenticity.

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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.
Specific Appellation:

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 (%): 13.4