Napa Cellars Pinot Noir 2007
Pinot Noir from Napa Valley, California
Delicate, yet fruit forward, this seductive Pinot Noir exudes characteristics of strawberry, cherry and sweet spice with a finish that is complex and persistent. This classic Pinot Noir shines as the perfect complement to a pan seared duck breast, as well as simply prepared salmon dishes.
Connoisseurs' Guide - "Intensely fruity and filled out with lots of rich oak, root-beer-like spice and scant touches of violets in its aromas, this big-bodied offering follows with like-minded flavors that convey the same sense of fruity richness as well as complexing layers of spice and sweet oak. It is supple in feel and neatly balanced with just the right degree of fine-grained tannins for aging, and, if impressive now, it seems bound to be even more so if allowed to rest in the cellar for another few years."
Napa Cellars Winery
Founded by Rich Frank and Koerner Rombauer in 1996, this warm and casual tasting room is the perfect first or last stop for any visitor to Napa. Conveniently located on Highway 29, the friendly tasting staff encourages wine novices and connoisseurs alike to try their well-worth-the price Napa Valley wines. Napa Cellars winemaker Todd Graff produces a Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, as well as limited amounts of Syrah, Sparkling Rose, Late Harvest Zinfandel and Late Harvest Semillon, all bearing the Napa Valley designation. View all Napa Cellars Wines
About Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just grated an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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4 ratings, 4 with reviewsLoaf - Denver, CO48/12/2010Loved this as a first bottle. It's full of fruit and MAN is there a huge nose on this wine. Vanilla like I've never smelled before. Great taste, smooth finish, though could cellar a while longer I think. I'm opening the next one in a year or so to see if I, in my nubbery, can tell whether it's different after a tad more time. I'd definitely buy this again, though much above $15 and I'm not sure it screams DEAL like it did ...Izabelly - Los Angeles, CA57/21/2010The wine was magnificent, a lot more complex than I expected. It was supple and smooth like it's description, but it was so much more. It had intense flavors that came across, yet it was still perfectly paired with my salmon dinner.56/1/2010This Pinot Noir is so fabulous !It is full bodied and smooth. The nose alone will keep you coming back. I will keep buying this Pinot Noir and have it year round for grilling and for the Holidays . Try it ,you love itMary Anne Lally-Graves - West Chester, PA58/14/2010The only comment I need to say here is that I wish I had purchased a couple of cases at the reduced rate to prolong my delight in this fine wine.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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