PINOT NOIR

Pinot Noir is a red wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. Pinot Noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler regions, but the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France. Other regions that have gained a reputation for Pinot Noir include the Willamette Valley of Oregon, the Carneros, Central Coast and Russian River AVAs of California, the Walker Bay wine region of South Africa, Tasmania and Yarra Valley in Australia and the Central Otago, Martinborough and Marlborough wine regions of New Zealand. Pinot Noir is also a primary variety used in sparkling wine production in Champagne and other wine regions. It is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but is a difficult variety to cultivate and transform into wine. The grape's tendency to produce tightly packed clusters makes it susceptible to several viticultural hazards involving rot that require diligent canopy management. The thin-skins and low levels of phenolic compounds lends Pinot to producing mostly lightly colored, medium bodied low tannin wines that can often go through dumb phases with uneven and unpredictable aging. When young, wines made from Pinot Noir tend to have red fruit aromas of cherries, raspberries and strawberries. As the wines age, Pinots have the potential to develop vegetal and "barnyard" aromas that can contribute to the complexity of the wine.

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  1. BALLETTO 2017 PINOT NOIR ESTATE RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: i_207300
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This wine combines full and captivating aromatics with a delicate texture that defines the Balletto style of Pinot Noir. The wine itself is full of contradictory forces: it’s weighty with a luscious mid-palate, but also surrounded by notable tannins and acidity that keep it focused, balanced and taut. It has plenty of dark fruit, but it’s also layered with savory earth and spices that offset it.
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  2. BOEN 2018 PINOT NOIR RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: i_202610
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The Russian River Valley is recognized as one of the world's most ideal regions for growing Pinot Noir. Just a few miles from the Pacific ocean, the Russian River Valley benefits from natural air conditioning in the form of cool and often foggy air that arrives in the evening, then retreats the following morning. The result is a longer growing season which allows Pinot Noir to develop full flavors while retaining its natural acidity. The unique soils of the region also contribute exponentially to the quality of the wine grapes grown in them. Over millions of years water flowing off the mountains has carried with it eroded volcanic deposits and ancient, uplifted bedrock, while the Russian River has deposited large amounts of alluvial material to form prime benchlands.

    This wine has a ruby-red color with sparkling garnet highlights, followed by aromatics of wild blackberry, Santa Rosa plum and strawberry with hints of oregano, sage and white pepper. Ripe on the palate with raspberry, boysenberry, black-fruit jam and warming spices, this finishes with moderate acidity and velvety tannins.
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  3. CASTALIA 2016 PINOT NOIR "ROCHIOLI" RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: i_208810
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Terry Bering is the cellarmaster for Rochioli Vineyards. When he isn't busting his hump helping out the Rochioli family produce fantastic wines, Terry works on his own Pinot Noir Project! Terry makes flavorful, aromatic, and wonderfully nuanced wines that do justice to his Rochioli vineyard source.

    The wine has really bright fruit tones of cherry and currants with a background of earth and mushroom. Aside from the flavor and nose the 2016 has an extremely pleasant effect on you that is noticeable in all higher quality wines. As with all my pinots, the 2016 has a long lingering finish that leaves you craving more. The wine tastes good now but it is better the next day and still great the 3rd day so the longer you wait to drink it the better it will be.
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  4. DUTTON-GOLDFIELD 2017 PINOT NOIR RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: i_210130
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 92
    WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS - "A savory, juicy, well-structured style, featuring chocolate nib hints to the dark currant and rooibos tea flavors. The taut finish is minerally, with rose petal accents. Drink now through 2024."
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  5. EN ROUTE 2017 PINOT NOIR "LES POMMIERS" RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: i_219330
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    If this label looks familiar, it's because it comes from the same owners as Far Nientte, Nickel & Nickel and Dolce! Their first release was the 2007, and while we're always a bit skeptical of Cabernet producers dabbling in Pinot noir, one taste left us wanting seconds, thirds and fourths! Now that the 2012 has dropped, it is every bit as good as its predecessors. En Route owns two fantastic Pinot Noir properties: Graton Vineyard and the highly-esteemed Amber Ridge Vineyard! Both vineyards are planted to several different clones for added complexity and nuances.

    The nose instantly fills with luscious aromas of juicy ripe red cherry, raspberry, star jasmine, with a light spice and mineral earthiness that while subdued, is still stark. Upon entry, the palate is silky and layered with flavors that are reflective of this wine's aromatics—bright red fruit, rose petal and a touch of forest floor. The 2017 "Les Pommiers" boasts an exceptional purity of fruit, flavor and expression as it culminates in a bright, mouthwatering finish.
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  6. ERIC KENT 2016 PINOT NOIR "STILLING" RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 750 mL

    Item #: i_218570
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Always a crowd-pleaser in Eric Kent's Pinot roster, Stiling Vineyard gaves some lovely raw materials to work with once again. Coming off of the dense and muscular 2015 vintage, the 2016 shows a more precise and energetic side of this massively popular Russian River favorite. While the wine is definitely the fullest-bodied Pinot they made this year, it maintains an alluring sense of balance. Loads of creamy, smoky, ripe Bing and black cherries dosed with warm baking spices (clove and nutmeg predominantly) and the typically long, satisfying Stiling finish.
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  7. FAILLA 2017 PINOT NOIR "KEEFER RANCH" RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: i_220640
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Spectator: 93
    100% destemmed fruit go through native yeast primary and malolactic fermentations followed by aging sur lies for 11 months in French oak (25% new). Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Keefer Ranch Vineyard lies in the southwestern-most corner of the Green Valley of the Russian River Valley, this vineyard was planted in 1988 by Marcy and Robert Keefer. Currently, there are 13 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on sandy Goldridge series soils.

    WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "Plush, featuring creamy notes that accent the concentrated cherry tart, dark plum and currant flavors, taking on a pastrylike richness. Sandalwood and spice details linger on the finish, with chocolate hints. Drink now through 2023."
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  8. GARY FARRELL 2016 PINOT NOIR "RUSSIAN RIVER SELECTION" RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: i_219950
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This blend marries eight vineyards from around the Russian River Valley, taking advantage of varied climates and unique site characteristics to create a rich and complex wine. The Hop Kiln, Rochioli, and Bacigalupi vineyards are located in the Middle Reach Subdivision, where close proximity to the river awards foggy mornings, warm and sunny days, and cool nights. The Toboni and Nonella vineyards are located in the Santa Rosa Plain, a distinctly cooler and foggier sub-region, and the Hallberg and Dutton sites within the Green Valley sub-appellation exibit even more extreme and cooler conditions.

    This beautiful Pinot Noir displays the qualities of an exceptional, yet small vintage, expressing purity of place, boasting aromas of ripe Bing cherry, juicy raspberry and tangerine zest, with hints of underbrush and dried herbs from the whole-cluster inclusion. Flavors of wild berry, rosemary, black tea and rose petal unfold on the palate, followed by hints of cedar box that acentuate the rich fruit flavors. The fine-grained, slightly firm tannins develop into a soft, velvety finish, complemented by mouthwatering, vibrant acidity.
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  9. HARTFORD 2016 PINOT NOIR "MACLEAN'S BLOCK" RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: i_229050
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 95+
    ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 95+ POINTS - "The 2016 Hartford Court Pinot Noir MacLean's Block is medium to deep ruby-purple in color and opens with fragrant notions of wild blueberries, redcurrant jelly, cranberry pie and kirsch plus hints of oolong tea, mossy bark and truffles. Medium to full-bodied, taut and firmly structured, it delivers tons of black and blue fruit layers sparked by earthy accents, finishing long and earthy. 302 cases produced."

    ANTONIO GALLONI 93 POINTS - "The 2016 Pinot Noir MacLean's Block is plump, juicy and quite sensual in feel. Soft contours and silky tannins help push the fruit forward. Red cherry jam, pomegranate, blood orange, spice, lavender and mint build as this succulent Pinot shows off its considerable charms."
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  10. HARTFORD 2017 PINOT NOIR RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: i_228860
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Jeb Dunnuck: 95 Points
    A few months ago, we e-mailed out Hartford Family's 94-point Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley. This wine ended up being one of our more successful offerings this year, and we didn't think there was a way that Hartford could top that wine. Well, we might just be proven wrong with their latest offering!

    The 2017 Hartford Court Russian River Valley Pinot Noir comes from a collection of small vineyards located throughout the Russian River Valley AVA, including Hartford Estate, Fog Dance, Hailey's Block, Jennifer's, MacLean's Block and Arrendell. Hartford makes single-vineyard bottlings from all of these, and those wines sell for $60 and above, yet the Hartford family utilizes these vineyards for this amazing 95-point Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, and this one sells for less than $30!!

    The Russian River Valley is one of THE best places in the world for growing Pinot Noir. The cooling winds from the Pacific Ocean spread throughout the area, and help to moderate the temperatures throughout the day, whereas vineyards just to the east are exceptionally warmer. Also, the soils are a mix of sand, clay, and silt. The clay brings richness to a wine, while the sand brings more flowered aromatics and brightness in the wine. If you ask us, this sounds like the recipe for Pinot Noir perfection!

    JEB DUNNUCK 95 POINTS - "A crazy good value, the 2017 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is the appellation release from this team, and it comes from all of the estate vineyards across the Green Valley, Laguna Ridge, and Sebastopol regions. Complex notes of strawberries, cranberries, violets, pine forest, and flowers all flow to a medium-bodied Pinot Noir that has a kiss of salinity and marine notes, ripe tannins, and a great finish. This beautiful wine competes with wines costing 2-3 times the price."
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  11. HARTFORD COURT 2017 PINOT NOIR RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 375mL

    Item #: i_228820
    Bottle Size: 375ml
    Jeb Dunnuck: 95 Points
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle
    PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A 375mL BOTTLE

    JEB DUNNUCK 95 POINTS - "A crazy good value, the 2017 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is the appellation release from this team, and it comes from all of the estate vineyards across the Green Valley, Laguna Ridge, and Sebastopol regions. Complex notes of strawberries, cranberries, violets, pine forest, and flowers all flow to a medium-bodied Pinot Noir that has a kiss of salinity and marine notes, ripe tannins, and a great finish. This beautiful wine competes with wines costing 2-3 times the price."
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  12. LANDMARK 2016 PINOT NOIR "HOP KILN" RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: i_236930
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This Estate Vineyard provides Landmark with 93 acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris grapes. The vineyard is planted with 4 clones of Chardonnay and 14 clones of Pinot Noir dispersed over 44 separate blocks. With 5 distinctly different vineyard plots based upon elevation, topography and soils and with some vines nearly 30 years old, the complexity of Landmark's Hop Kiln Estate Vineyard is a new source of inspiration for winemaker, Greg Stach, and an incomparable source for top quality fruit for years to come.

    Aromas of lush blackberry, raspberry, with a violet floral note. The palate is fresh with bright raspberry and dried strawberry fruit, rich cherry cola and baking spice with a rounded texture and savory, dried autumn leaf notes leading to a fresh finish with balanced round tannins and sustained fruit and spice.
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  13. LYNMAR 2017 PINOT NOIR RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: i_238820
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Lynmar Estate's 2017 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir showcases the purity and vibrancy of the region with nuanced texture and bright aromatics. At its core, the wine is comprised of Lynmar's three Russian River vineyards - Quail Hill, Susanna's, and Adam's - along with neighboring properties that share their same viticultural philosophies. A saturated ruby color in the glass, this vintage showcases aromas of ripe strawberry, Santa Rosa plum, fresh rhubarb, and black tea. On the palate, flavors of bing cherry, hibiscus, and orange blossom are followed by undertones of baking spice and clove. A textured finish echoes notes of strawberry, black tea, and spice.
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  14. MIGRATION 2016 PINOT NOIR RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 375mL

    Item #: i_216859
    Bottle Size: 375ml
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle
    Since the first vintage in 2001, Migration has developed a refined and compelling style that balances vibrancy and finesse. Defined by the idea of movement, Migration is dedicated to going beyond Goldeneye's Anderson Valley origins and exploring Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the finest cool-climate winegrowing regions. This exploration has taken them to the storied vineyards of California's Russian River Valley, where clockwork fog and Goldridge sandy loam soils have contributed to a Pinot Noir with beautiful, high-tone red fruit flavors of strawberry, cherry and cranberry and enticing hints of orange-cinnamon spice.
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  15. MIGRATION 2016 PINOT NOIR SONOMA COAST 750mL ( COOLER AREA )

    Item #: i_216991
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Spectator: 90
    James Suckling: 94
    JAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS - "Impressive clarity and purity of red and blue-fruit aromas, as well as subtly earthy complexity. The palate has a beautifully silky core of ripe red and black cherries. Velvety tannins. Really even and long. Drink or hold."

    Classic Russian River Valley aromas of ripe red raspberry, Bing cherry and pomegranate explode from the glass. These vibrant red berry flavors are echoed on the lush, silky palate, where they mingle with notes of blackberry and hints of French oak-inspired spice.
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  16. PAUL HOBBS 2016 PINOT NOIR "KATHERINE LINDSAY" RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: i_230690
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Jeb Dunnuck: 99 Points
    JEB DUNNUCK 99 POINTS - "These latest releases from Paul Hobbs are pretty much sensational across the board and Hobbs' finds a rare mix of purity and elegance matched to richness and concentration that hits all my sweet spots. Hobbs commented that 2016 was a perfect vintage where everything came together easily, and the resulting wines have a terrific sense of elegance, purity an balance that make them already irresistible, yet will also allow them to age gracefully. In addition, the lineup is easy to understand; Hobbs makes an appellation blend Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and two single vineyards of each variety."

    "The creme of the crop is the 2016 Pinot Noir Katherine Lindsay Estate, a truly extraordinary Pinot Noir. From a site in the Russian River, it offers a huge perfume of ripe cherries and strawberry fruits, spices, forest floor, and exotic flowers. Deep, incredibly fine and elegant, with silky tannin, it's much more about purity and finesse than overt power and richness. Don't miss it!"
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  17. PAUL HOBBS 2017 CHARDONNAY "ELLEN LANE" RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: i_230520
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 95
    ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - "Produced from Old Wente Hyde Selection clones, the 2017 Chardonnay Ellen Lane Estate leaps from the glass with gregarious notions of candied ginger, lemongrass, yuzu zest and allspice with a core of green mango and pineapple plus a waft of crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied, the palate features a truly zippy line of freshness lifting the densely packed, opulent tropical and spice layers to a very long finish. Fantastic tension! 434 cases were made, to be released in March 2019."
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  18. PAUL HOBBS 2017 PINOT NOIR RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: i_229610
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 92
    Vinous Media: 92
    Jeb Dunnuck: 95 Points
    JEB DUNNUCK 95 POINTS - "Moving to the Pinot Noirs, the 2017 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is the appellation release from Hobbs, and it's brought up all in French oak. Black raspberries, bouquet garni, crushed flowers, and honeyed strawberry notes all emerge from this beautifully polished, medium-bodied, seamless effort. With lots of upfront fruit, plenty of underlying depth and structure, and a great finish, it's a winner. Drink it over the coming decade."

    ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The 2017 Pinot Noir is pale to medium ruby-purple colored and reveals gregarious notes of crushed black and red cherries, warm raspberries and mulberries with touches of baking spices, red roses and spearmint. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is completely packed with red and black berry layers, framed by plush tannins and a lively line, finishing long and spicy. 7,265 cases produced, to be released in March 2019."
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  19. PICKET FENCE PINOT NOIR RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: i_237300
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This Pinot Noir has rich aromas of raspberry jam and brandy-macerated cherries. Its luxurious density and beautiful structure are hallmarks of the vintage. Round flavors and balanced tannins finish with nuances of vanilla and star anise.
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  20. ROCHIOLI 2017 PINOT NOIR "BIG HILL" RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: i_255052
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    ANTONIO GALLONI 96 POINTS - "These are some of the very finest wines I have ever tasted from Tom Rochioli. Over the last few years, Rochioli has moved up harvest dates, a choice that gives his wine an added element of freshness and energy that works beautifully to complement the natural richness that comes so easily at this Russian River estate. The 2017s are simply brilliant."

    "The 2017 Pinot Noir Big Hill is another fabulous wine in this range. Rich, sumptuous and explosive, it possesses stunning intensity in all of its dimensions, along with striking textural depth and resonance. Dark cherry, lavender, rose petal and exotic spice notes build in a Pinot that screams with personality and character."
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  21. ROCHIOLI 2017 PINOT NOIR "LITTLE HILL" RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 750ml

    Item #: i_255063
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Jeb Dunnuck: 96 Points
    JEB DUNNUCK 96 POINTS - "The 2017 Pinot Noir Little Hill comes from the Russian River and was 90% destemmed and aged 15 months in French oak (the percentage new wasn't specified). It's similar ruby translucent colored and has rocking notes of black cherries, mulberries, crushed violets, rose petals, and damp earth. Incredibly pure, finesse-driven yet still powerful and intense, this is a remarkable Pinot Noir that will benefit from short term cellaring and keep for 10-15 years."

    ANTONIO GALLONI 95 POINTS - "These are some of the very finest wines I have ever tasted from Tom Rochioli. Over the last few years, Rochioli has moved up harvest dates, a choice that gives his wine an added element of freshness and energy that works beautifully to complement the natural richness that comes so easily at this Russian River estate. The 2017s are simply brilliant."

    "The 2017 Pinot Noir Little Hill presents an exotic profile of spice, star anise, blood orange and red berry fruit, all rich on the palate and also wonderfully translucent. Time in the glass brings out the wine's texture and overall resonance. This is another impeccably balanced Pinot from Tom Rochioli."
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    $120.00
  22. ROCHIOLI 2017 PINOT NOIR "RIVER BLOCK" RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: i_255064
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    ANTONIO GALLONI 94 POINTS - "These are some of the very finest wines I have ever tasted from Tom Rochioli. Over the last few years, Rochioli has moved up harvest dates, a choice that gives his wine an added element of freshness and energy that works beautifully to complement the natural richness that comes so easily at this Russian River estate. The 2017s are simply brilliant."

    "The 2017 Pinot Noir River Block is a super-classic Russian River Pinot that emphasizes fruit intensity and voluptuousness, although the wine also shows the more restrained style Tom Rochioli favors today. The interplay of richness and finesse makes for a compelling wine."
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    $125.00
  23. ROCHIOLI 2017 PINOT NOIR "SWEETWATER" RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: i_255066
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Jeb Dunnuck: 93 Points
    ANTONIO GALLONI 94 POINTS - "These are some of the very finest wines I have ever tasted from Tom Rochioli. Over the last few years, Rochioli has moved up harvest dates, a choice that gives his wine an added element of freshness and energy that works beautifully to complement the natural richness that comes so easily at this Russian River estate. The 2017s are simply brilliant."

    "The 2017 Pinot Noir Sweetwater is fabulous. Sweet floral notes and red berry fruit lift from the glass in a striking, inviting Pinot Noir loaded with personality. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. Medium-bodied, gracious and light on its feet, the Sweetwater has much to offer."

    JEB DUNNUCK 93 POINTS - "As to the two reds, the 2017 Pinot Noir Sweetwater has a beautiful red fruited character as well as loads of crushed flowers, spice, and smoked underbrush aromas and flavors. It's polished, medium to full-bodied, has fine tannins, beautiful purity, and a great finish. This cuvee was all destemmed and spent 15 months in French oak. 459 cases."
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    $120.00
  24. ROCHIOLI 2017 PINOT NOIR "THREE CORNER" RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: i_255067
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    ANTONIO GALLONI 95 POINTS - "These are some of the very finest wines I have ever tasted from Tom Rochioli. Over the last few years, Rochioli has moved up harvest dates, a choice that gives his wine an added element of freshness and energy that works beautifully to complement the natural richness that comes so easily at this Russian River estate. The 2017s are simply brilliant."

    "The 2017 Pinot Noir Three Corner offers a striking combination of energy, focus and fruit intensity. All the elements are in the right place. Sweet floral notes, crushed rocks, raspberry and blood orange confer freshness in this super-expressive, nuanced Pinot Noir from Tom Rochioli. Time in the glass brings out the wine's breadth and textural richness."
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    $125.00

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