1997 Kalin Cellars "Cuvee DD" Sonoma County Pinot Noir

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92 points from Burghound and listed as one of the "Burghound.com’s 49 California Pinot Noir Selections: "A fully mature and relatively elegant nose that is right at the turning point of going from secondary to tertiary in character moves into delicious and completely resolved but not unfocused or unduly soft flavors that possess perfectly balance and excellent length." (Oct. 2008) 91 points from Robert Parker: "The Burgundy-styled 1997 Pinot Noir Cuvee DD exhibits smoky, gamy, forest floor, herb, fresh mushroom, meat, plum, fig, and cherry characteristics. Made in a northern Cote de Nuits style with zesty acidity, ripe tannin, and a dark plum/garnet color, this beautiful wine should last for another decade." (Dec. 2007) 91 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red with an orange rim. Cherry, strawberry, minerals, clove, spices and underbrush on the captivating, slightly decadent nose. At once firm and exotic, with strong acidity framing the flavors of red fruits, orange peel and minerals. This has a distinctly dry edge and finishes with dusty tannins but there's also lovely aromatic persistence. With its terrific cut, this idiosyncratic pinot calls out for food. Try it with a spicy Chinese duck dish." (May/June '07)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/17/2008 | Send Email
This is good! Really, really good. The fact that their current release of this wine is held back longer than Lopez de Heredia's reservas (their reds, at any rate) is an encouraging sign for lovers of true school pinot noir. Sous bois and sour cherry on the nose lead to a palate of intense, sour cherry and burnt brown sugar. Excellent intensity, purity, and acidity should see this wine through for at least another 10 years, and probably longer.

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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 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.

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.


- 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.
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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).