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PinotFile - Vol. 9 - Issue 12

California Pinot Noir from A to T

By The Prince of Pinot

This time of year offers a welcome respite from my usual heavy load of wines to taste and review. It is much too hot to safely ship wine, and everyone in the wine business is preoccupied with harvest anyway. However, before my travels to Oregon in late July and early August, I did have the opportunity to taste quite a variety of wines representing every major appellation in California except Carneros.

Eric Kent Wine Cellars

I have written extensively about Kent Humphrey and his consistently superb wines. The works of art that grace every front label are quite striking and heighten the drinking pleasure of the wine contained within. His wines (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah) are sourced from vineyards in the Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley and are sold primarily to wine club members. Over time, his wines have taken on a more modest stylistic approach, more reflective of his personality.

2010 Eric Kent Small Town Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., pH 3.65, TA 0.63, 365 cases, $45. Released spring 2012. Label artist is Kelly Puissegur. A blend from two Freestone vineyards (Cleary Ranch and Michael Valentine) with a dose of Roberts Road Vineyard from the Petaluma Gap and Stiling Vineyard from the Russian River Valley. Clones are 39% 777, 28% 115, 19% Swan and 14% 667. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Fresh aromas of blackberries and black plum sauce with a hint of oak. Mid weight flavors of black cherries, black berries and plum reduction sauce with an earthy undertone. Supple tannins, good supporting acidity, and some length on the finish. The wine grows on you over time in the glass indicating more time will reward the patient. Very good.

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