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1988 Kalin Cellars "Cuvée DD" Sonoma County Pinot Noir

SKU #1205182 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 1988 Pinot Noir Cuvee DD displays a character similar to the 1987, with its sweaty, smoky, animal, duck meat, and earth-scented nose. In the mouth, it is rich, full-bodied, and deep, not as tannic as the 1987, but gorgeously rich and exotic. This wine is already throwing considerable sediment, thus, I recommend decanting prior to serving. Kalin's two Pinot Noir offerings are among the most distinctive and original expressions of American made Pinot Noir I have tasted. It would seem illogical that a full-time microbiologist, who is working part-time out of a warehouse in Novato, produces some of California's most profound and long-lived wines. (RP) Inner quote mark (10/1993)

K&L Notes

John Gilman: "The 'Cuvee DD' is named for vineyard owner Dave Demostene and the grapes hail from his ranch in Alexander Valley. This was the source for the oldest Pinot Noir vines with which Terry and Frances Leighton worked, from clones that were originally brought from Burgundy and produce particularly small, concentrated berries and which are known in Burgundy as 'Pinot Fin'. The Demostene ranch Pinot vines originated from cuttings taken from Louis Martini's Monte Rosso Vineyard. The soils in this vineyard are locally known as 'Blue Clay', which, according to Terry Leighton 'is the same kind of marl found in Gevrey-Chambertin and Morey St. Denis. ' The vineyard itself was primarily planted to Zinfandel, with only a small percentage dedicated to Pinot Noir, and these vines were thirty-five years of age when Silver Oak purchased the vineyard and started planting Cabernet here." (The View from the Cellar, Jan 2013)

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