2002 Radio-Coteau "Savoy" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1093822 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright medium red. Vibrant aromas of raspberry, strawberry, green tea and underbrush. Dense, large-scaled and lush, with sweet, complex, sappy flavors of raspberry, chocolate and underbrush. Impressively, with aeration this wine seemed to grow thicker on the back half without losing its tang. Finishes very long, with some sweet oak tannins and notes of wild strawberry and raspberry. I would have picked this blind as a wine from the southern end of the Cote de Nuits.  (6/2004)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide

 It seems almost greedy to ask for anything more than this deep, extracted and beautifully balanced young Pinot Noir presently offers, but hidden away beneath its layers of ripe cherries and liberally laid-on sweet oak, it sports a fine spine of tannin that suggests even better may come. An uncommon mix of polish, structure and strength, it is a well-crafted statement of all that is right with grape.  (6/2004)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Beautiful red ruby. This is almost a blend of the prior two wines with ripe but wonderfully elegant red and black pinot fruit trimmed in very subtle oak, cinnamon and anise nuances. The medium full flavors are rich, sappy and mouth coating with buried structure and a harmony of expression that is just lovely. There is adequate but not racy buffering acidity with fine length and this is unmistakably pure pinot in character. In short, this is a really lovely effort that already has a seductive, indeed irresistible touch of velvet on the backend.  (6/2004)

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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 Sp├Ątburgunder 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.

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.


- 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 gew├╝rztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.