Balverne Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from Russian River, California

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Item No. 134035
  • red wine
  • W&S91
Alcohol By Volume: 14.2%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.

Winemaker's Notes

The nose exhibits bright red fruit character, with good acidity and hints of spice and oak notes. Flavors of plum and other red fruits predominate, with an elegant frame of vanilla and toast. The wine shows a sophisticated, smooth texture, good complexity and lengthy finish with great balance.

Critical Acclaim

"Russian River’s warmth delivers deliciously ripe fruit without overt alcohol in this vibrant 2012. It’s succulent and sweet at first, finding its balance in firm tannins that open up into spicy complexity with air, drawing the wine into the realm of wet stones and fresh herbs as much as red fruit. Decant it to release its youthful charm."
91 Points

Learn About Russian River

The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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