2012 Angeline California Pinot Noir

SKU #1137116

Angeline is made by Martin Ray Winery in the heart of Sonoma County. A perennial value, this is not your 96-point Pinot, let's be clear about that, but it's been named an "Editors' Choice" by Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2012, earned gold medals at the San Francisco Chronicle wine competition, and is often described in terms such as "this is surprisingly good for the price." The appellation is California, the fruit coming exclusively out of Sonoma County, Santa Barbara County and Mendocino County. With a big crop and a healthy dose of sunshine, 2012 was an ideal year for turning out this kind of magic combination of flavor and value in Pinot Noir. From the winery: "Perfumed aromas of rose petal, cranberry, raspberry and spice box continue as flavors in the bright, juicy mouth. Try our Angeline Pinot Noir with Portobello mushroom burgers or a lightly seared salmon fillet or pasta with a tomato-based sauce."

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Price: $11.99

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By: Angie An |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/2/2014  | Send Email
A quality Pinot Noir from California for under $12.00? Absolutely! This little gem has been one of my favorite every day Pinot for many years. nice combination of cherries, raspberry, full mid palate and a solid finish. The 2012 Angeline is 100% Pinot Noir source from Santa Barbara, Mendocino and Sonoma County, definitely over deliver for the price point! Enjoy!
Top Value!

By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/14/2013  | Send Email
The rising price of Pinot Noir grapes in California has made it increasingly difficult for us to find great wines under $20. Fortunately, a bountiful crop of exceptional quality in 2012 has made our task much easier, at least for now. The 2012 Angeline Pinot Noir by Martin Ray may just qualify as the best value in Pinot Noir for 2012. Exotic spice on the nose. On the palate ripe, sweet fruit, Rainier cherry and raspberry. There is a charming floral component that evokes candied rose petals. Delicious to drink and very attractively priced.
Top Value!

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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.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5