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September 12, 2005

03 Cuvaison, Napa Valley Carneros Pinot Noir

Big flavors of strawberries and savory cinammon/clove hit with the texture of velvet and burlap. This is an aggressive wine from the start with a mildly mushroomy aroma that pricks the nose with its alcoholic exhaust. Ultra-ripe and fiercely textured, it should pair well with rare meats. The cranberry-like tartness, whole black cherry sweetness, and subtle vanilla and caramel flavors of good French oak keep the wine nicely balanced in the finish--despite the burning. I'd love to try this in the snow.


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