2011 Kalinda "Cuvée Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (Previously $25)

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LAST FEW BOTTLES!- The 2011 Kalinda "Cuvée Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is a wine we found at one of the best up-and-coming wineries in the Willamette Valley. We’ve carried their wines before and were very excited to see what they were all about. We were certainly impressed, to say the least, with their attention to detail and quality. They pulled out two separate blends for us to potentially bottle under one of our house labels. Surprisingly, Mike and I actually agreed on which we liked best: a blend of Yamhill-Carlton and Ribbon Ridge AVA fruit consisting of five clones that was aged in 25% new French oak. We think this youthful bottle is sure to please with its high-toned lilac, raspberry puree, pomegranate and rhubarb aromatics that lead into the mid-weight, fruit-centered palate. Lanky and drawn out, this is packed with lush, ripe, red-fruited richness to the tune of cherry pie, dragon fruit and passion fruit, with a lovely, slightly bitter, floral aspect and crushed stone. If this doesn’t convince you of what 2011 is all about, I can’t tell you what will. (Bryan Brick, K&L Domestic Wine Buyer)

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/7/2012  | Send Email
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If you are searching for that perfect Pinot Noir gift for your wine collecting relative or friend, who will put it down to age for several more years, then this Gem is the puppy. Medium deep ruby in color, the nose offers up dried rose petal to strawberry to pomegranate aromatic notes with meaty and wet river stone mineral undertones. If you plan on consuming this lovely wine near-term, it really opens up nicely with decanting and a few hours of airing. Richly flavored, this viscous, well-defined Pinot is amazingly complex, shows tons of structure and depth, is well-integrated, and has a finish that refuses to go away. Rusty has informed me that this Gem will be our Pinot Noir for the holidays and beyond. 13.0% ABV
Drink from 2012 to 2020

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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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Oregon

- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 13