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2016 Nicholas Allen Wines Carte Blanche Sun Chase Vineyard Pinot Noir

ITEM 8319720 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Purchased direct from winery

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95+ Jeb Dunnuck

...layered, rich, yet impeccably balanced wine and offers lots of red and black fruits, savory herbs, and earthy, forest floor-like nuances.

94James Suckling

Dense and layered, offering beautiful dark-fruit and walnut character with some black olives and dried strawberries. Full-bodied...focused. Excellent energy...

92Wine Spectator

Elegant, with well-integrated floral accents to the plum and wild cherry flavors. Slate and spice details emerge midpalate, showing hints of forest floor on the finish.

91The Wine Advocate

...notes of redcurrants, cranberries and pomegranate with touches of bay leaves, tilled soil and tobacco leaf. Medium-bodied, the palate is beautifully perfumed with a soft, plush texture and refreshing lift to the finish.


Nicholas Allen Wines

Nicholas Allen Wines is a California producer with deep roots in Bordeaux. The estate founder is Nicholas Allen, and in 1935 his great grandfather, Clarence Dillon, purchased the legendary Château Haut-Brion. Fifty years later the Dillon family company also acquired Château La Mission Haut-Brion. Allen grew up appreciating fine wine and in 2007 he started Nicholas Allen Wines & Carte Blanche, a limited-production estate for luxury wines inspired by traditional French winemaking. Luc Morlet was Allen’s founding winemaker. In 2014 Helen Keplinger took over as winemaker. Nicholas Allen makes red and white wines with grapes sourced from exceptional Napa and Sonoma vineyards. Reviewers have described Carte Blanche wines as “totally striking…rich, voluptuous…opulent.”


United States, California, Sonoma, Sonoma Coast

Sonoma Coast AVA runs from San Pablo Bay in the south to Mendocino County in the north. It includes 7,000 vineyard acres and earned AVA status in 1987. Its proximity to the Pacific Ocean means it gets double the rainfall of nearby inland appellations and the ocean gives the appellation a relatively cool climate. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir can thrive in these conditions, and there are numerous producers making critically acclaimed Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.


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.