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2009 Aquinas Pinot Noir "Napa"

Aquinas 2009 Pinot Noir

Winery: Aquinas

Vintage: 2009

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Napa"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $14

Cases produced: 19,500

KWG Score: 86.6 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (87)

Review date: April 22, 2011

Wine Review: This entry level Pinot Noir grew on me. It is dark red colored and opens with an earthy black cherry bouquet with a touch of menthol, light pepper and heat. On the palate, this wine is light bodied and round. Its flavor profile starts out as a slightly tart black cherry with some oak influenced strawberry and light black pepper mixed in. It melds together nicely with a little air. The finish is dry and its mild tannins are nicely prolonged. I would pair this good value Pinot with lasagna or an Angus burger with mushrooms and cheddar. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Cherry aromas are layered in this deeply-colored Pinot Noir, and secondary notes of mint and forest floor can be found in the nose as well. Fresh red currant flavors are concentrated on the palate, and well-balanced by a nice earthiness and mild spice reminiscent of coriander and sandalwood. Full-bodied for a Pinot Noir but matched with a mouthwatering acidity, this style of red wine is unusually versatile. Velvety tannins stretch out the long finish with a trace of red ripe fruit as the final flavors linger.

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