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Date Printed: 12/18/2014
Saintsbury Carneros Pinot Noir 2008
Saintsbury Carneros Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 108820)

PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $19.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Burghound.com rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

To achieve a style of wine we believe delivers varietal and regional integrity we undertake a careful, methodical exercise in blending. In late winter, after all our lots have completed malolactic fermentation and have been resting in small French oak barrels, we begin the search for our "Carneros" bottling. In tasting through all our barreled Pinot Noir, we are above all looking for those lots that show the right balance of tannin and acid, coupled with fruit flavors that while rich, dark-red and complex, are not overblown. Our Carneros bottling delivers distinctive Pinot Noir character of black/sour cherry and spice in a vibrant and elegant wine.

Aromas of black cherry, black tea, forest floor; loamy, full mouthfeel.

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About Saintsbury:

Saintsbury specializes in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The Chardonnay is fermented and aged in barrels coopered in Burgundy. Three styles of Pinot Noir are produced: "Garnet" is a fresh, lively wine full of cherry and raspberry fruit; the wine simply called Carneros Pinot Noir is a more classic rendition; and the Reserve Pinot Noir is the richest and most fully flavored of the vintage.