2009 De Ponte Cellars Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1074804

From Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid red. Spicy cherry and raspberry on the fragrant nose, along with sexy oak spices, white pepper and cola. Pliant red berry flavors are firmed by silky tannins, picking up sweet mocha and baking spice qualities on the back end. Finishes bright and refreshingly bitter, with good clarity and length." (Jul/Aug '11)

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Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2011 | Send Email
This pinot is showing exceptionally well in its youth! Aromas of red fruit and spice give way to rich cherry fruit and mocha notes on the medium bodied palate. Just enough acid is present to balance the elegant tanins that finish off this stunning wine. Should be great for years to come.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/24/2011 | Send Email
One of my early favorites from 2009, this pinot noir shows dark cherry fruit and an appealing density on the palate. There is just a hint of a fresh, mint like quality on the finish. De Ponte makes good wine; familiarize yourself with them if you haven't tried these before.

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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.
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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 (%): 14.1