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2016 Kingston Family Vineyards "Tobiano" Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley

SKU #1324863 93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Aromas of tar, dried strawberries and some fresh herbs follow through a medium body, firm and silky tannins and a juicy finish. Drink now. Inner quote mark (3/2018)

93 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark The Kingstons farm vines on the clay and granite hills of Las Dichas, in southwestern Casablanca, close to the sea. That marine influence is clear in this pinot, with saline notes and shades of red fruits and flowers. The acidity is crunchy, the tannins firm and elegant. Easy to drink, this lasts on lively herbal notes and refreshing red fruit. Inner quote mark (6/2018)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark Here the slightly more expressive nose is compositionally similar to the Alazan but with more obvious floral components. The very round and pliant lighter-weight flavors are utterly delicious while offering good if not special persistence and depth on the dusty but not really drying finale. This should drink well almost immediately. Inner quote mark (10/2017)

Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Cherry aromas dominate the nose on this medium-bodied Pinot with medicinal leanings. A bright youthful palate is more fresh and easy than complex, while this tastes of lightly spiced raspberry, plum and cherry. A juicy appealing finish includes touches of oak and cocoa. (MS)z Inner quote mark (3/2018)

K&L Notes

This Chilean-by-way-of-Portola Valley, California family winery continues to make some of our favorite vinos Chilenos around. "Tobiano" is a blend of different parcels within the greater Kingston vineyard. According to Courtney Kingston, her wines show a "gout de Casablanca," a distinctly smoky and mineral tinged quality which she believes mark her red wines. We would tend to agree with that description. Tobiano is a lovely Pinot Noir, with a combination of freshness, Pinot typicity and generosity of texture which appeals to a broad array of Pinot Noir drinkers.

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By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/13/2018 | Send Email
This lovely Pinot Noir stopped me in my tracks with its lovely, candied cherry nose and spice. Light to medium bodied, with bright cherry fruit, a small bit of cranberry and quite generous minerality. Super solid and a real pleasure!

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