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Date Printed: 8/29/2014
Left Coast Cellars Cali's Cuvee Pinot Noir 2006
Left Coast Cellars Cali's Cuvee Pinot Noir 2006
(search item no. 111248)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $19.79

Winemaker's Notes:

The biggest, boldest Cali's to date, this wine offers up a hedonistic nose of cherry, brambly blackberry, pine, orange peel and cinnamon to awake your senses. A truly unforgettable palate suggests raspberries and blackberries with an allusion to wild mint and thyme. Finishing with anise and molasses, this wine speaks to the incredible bounty of the remarkable 2006 vintage. A wonderful glass to sip own its on, this wine has just the right amount of acidity and structure to compliment robust lamb, beef and game dishes.
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About Left Coast Cellars:

Left Coast Cellars is situated directly on the 45th parallel. Our sustainably farmed 100 acres of Estate vineyards are planted on fractured stone soils with varying slopes, orientations and elevations. The union of these various microclimates contributes to the complexities and subtleties in all of our wines. The cool Pacific Ocean breezes that are driven into the Willamette Valley through the Van Duzer Corridor, ending just west of our vineyards, moderate our sunny summer days. It is this precise combination of geography and geology that gives our wines a distinct sense of place.

The entire Left Coast estate consists of 306 acres. Steep hills facing west, north and south, creating a natural amphitheater surrounding a large meadow and spring fed lake, central to the gravity fed irrigation of our vines. We have chosen to plant grapes on only the predominantly southern-facing slopes.

The remainder of our property is preserved as one of the last stands of original old growth White Oaks in the area and also contains fruit orchards, meadows, lakes and streams. The bodies of water attract migrating birds and encourage birds of prey, helping to balance animal life in the vineyards. An importance is placed on the park-like nature of our grounds through expanded gardening and flowering areas.