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Date Printed: 9/23/2014
Landmark Grand Detour Pinot Noir 2006
Landmark Grand Detour Pinot Noir 2006
(search item no. 93922)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
The Wine News rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $36.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Sonoma County is one of California's best regions for the production of Pinot Noir. In fact, the county's planted acres of this varietal are approximately 40% of the state's total of nearly 24,000 acres. While the traditional plantings of Pinot tended to be concentrated in the Carneros and Russian River, today's focus has been in the cooler Sonoma Coast appellation, where newer clonal material and denser spacing has led to a renaissance for this varietal in Sonoma County.

The 2006 Grand Detour Pinot Noir is a blend of five Sonoma Coast vineyards: Kanzler, Keller Estate, Flocchini, Gap's Crown and Armagh. There is also some fruit from the Solomon Hills Vineyard in Santa Barbara. The result is a wine that exhibits great typicity and elegant balance. The cool growing season in 2006 and the extremely late harvest produced a wine with strong notes of raspberry and strawberry. It was aged in 33% new oak for ten months. This is an elegant, classic Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. This wine will pair well with game, duck and salmon as well as mushroom accented dishes.

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About Landmark Vineyards:

Landmark Vineyards was founded in 1974 in Windsor, California. In 1989, Damaris Deere Ford, became sole proprietor and relocated the winery to Sonoma Valley. Ford is a descendant of John Deere, founder of the world's largest tractor manufacturer. Landmark Vineyards is located at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain in Sonoma Valley. In 1993, world-renowned consulting enologist Helen Turley was hired to work with former winemaker, Eric Stern. Landmark Vineyard's mission is "to make great wines that enhance the joy of life." Quality and flavor begin in the vineyards. In addition to the estate vineyard, Landmark sources grapes from a range of different vineyards and those selected are the finest in the highly diverse microclimates of Sonoma County's winegrowing regions.