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1990 Kalin Cellars Pinot Noir Cuvee DD

Depressed cork; light label condition issue

ITEM 8101101 - Removed from a subterranean wine cellar

Bidder Amount Total
RoyalWel… $110 $110
Item Sold Amount Date
I8174012 1 $105 Apr 10, 2022
I8174011 2 $105 Apr 10, 2022
I8101101 1 $110 Jan 30, 2022
I8054720 1 $115 Jan 2, 2022
I8039271 4 $115 Dec 26, 2021
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94Robert M. Parker Jr.

...huge fragrance of macerated prunes/plums... ...full-bodied, with huge richness, great precision, and freshness, as well as a heady, spicy, lightly tannic finish...


Kalin Cellars

Kalin Cellars is known among wine cognoscenti for small-batch, unfiltered wines that age at least a decade before release and continue to improve with age. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that Kalin “wines have incredible aging potential, and I’ve got many an old vintage of Kalin in my cellars – the Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir – to attest to their ageability.” Kalin wines are made by the husband-and-wife team of Terry and Frances Leighton, two micro-biologists who in the 1970s responded to a newspaper advertisement offering free grapes from a Livermore vineyard to anyone who would take care of it. The pair started tending the vineyard and making wine. Working with very old Semillon vines the couple’s first commercial release was a 1979 Livermore Semillon, and today they also made Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, sparkling and dessert wines. The Leightons continue do all the work themselves, working with carefully sourced grapes in a small Marin County winery. They were early California advocates of unfiltered wines made with a minimalist approach, aged white wines and single vineyard wines. Kalin produces just 7,000 cases a year and has an adoring following among wine writers. In 2007 Vinous reviewed Kalin’s just-released 1997 Livermore Semillon like this:” Yes, this is a current release from the unhurried Terry Leighton. I'd love to serve this blind next to a bottle of Laville Haut-Brion.”


Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.