Californian Pinot Noir 2009

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Highly drinkable yet in many cases ageworthy, the lauded 2009 California Pinot Noirs benefted from a mild winter and a cool summer - perfect for this temperamental grape. See Linda Murphy's pick of the best Californian Pinot Noirs here...
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Californian Pinot Noir 2009, Sequana Sarmento Vineyard
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Sequana, Sarmento Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands

Sequana, Sarmento Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands
Despite its relatively high alcohol, the wine is composed and balanced, thanks to vibrant fruit and acidity, and firm structure. Brown baking spice dominates the nose; the palate has a lush, red fruit and cola entry, mouthfilling middle and a spicy, succulent finish. 17.5pts/20 (91/100pts)
Price: £21–£24; Christopher Keiller, Exel Wines, The Fine Wine Company
Drink: 2012–2017
Alc: 14.7%