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2007 Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Removed from a professional wine storage facility

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RATINGS

93Wine Spectator

Deliciously ripe, smooth and supple-textured, with rich layers of black cherry, blackberry, plum, spicy floral and anise scents.

91Stephen Tanzer

Initially a bit mute on the nose, but showed increasingly sappy aromas of black plum, bitter chocolate, mint and spices with air. Sweet, dense and thick, with a solid core of spicy blackberry flavor. A fruit bomb of a pinot...

90-93Robert M. Parker Jr.

...sweet bouquet of plums, black currants, figs, underbrush, and meaty, forest floor-like notes.

REGION

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.

TYPE

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.