Marimar Estate Don Miguel Vineyard Cristina Pinot Noir 2008

Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California

Price: $54.99
Item No. 123158
  • WE95
  • ST91
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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%.
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Winemaker's Notes

2008 is one of Marimar Estate's greatest vintages and this barrel selection of Cristina packs a myriad aromas of rasberry, rose petal, cinnamon, clove and a trave of orange peel. The palate is full-flavored, intense and mouthwatering, with hints of moka and spice from the elegant, toasty oak. The supple tannins make it a delightful wine to drink right now, but it will age well for at least another 20 years.

Critical Acclaim

"The winery held this back an additional six months after their other 2008 Pinots were released, presumably to let it become integrated. Still, it's quite tannic, with a sandpaper-like toughness. Despite the astringency, the massive wild-cherry, cola, mushroom and anise flavors come through. It's a huge wine, feral and untamed—quite exquisite in its wildness."
95 Points

"Deep red. Smoke- and herb-accented aromas of cherry-cola and dark berries, with a peppery note adding vibrancy. Fleshy and broad on the palate, offering dense black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of candied rose. The smoky note comes back on the very persistent finish, which features supple tannins and a sexy floral quality. Nothing shy about this one."
91 Points

Learn About Marimar Estate Map ItMap It

Built in 1992 with a capacity of 15,000 cases, the winery sits on a hill surrounded by vines. The production wing is outfitted with carefully selected equipment, to allow the careful control essential to producing a wine based on minimal handling. Its three barrel rooms with independent temperature and humidity controls provide flexibility to experiment with various vinification techniques, in order to best express the fruit's character. The Marimar Torres Estate wines appeal to the small segment of consumers who enjoy having the finest.We pride ourselves in producing food-friendly wines.

Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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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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