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Sunday, March 20, 2016

2012 Kistler Occidental Bodega Headlands Cuvée Elizabeth Pinot Noir


An incredible expression of Pinot Noir that is reminiscent of the great Pinot's from Burgundy's Musigny. The flavors are dense and ripe like you'd expect from a Kistler Pinot noir, but there are stunning nuances of lavender, violet, clove, raspberries, blueberries, and a deep underlining mineral and wet rock complexity.

This is a gorgeous effort made with 100% Calera clone, which is one of the most profound and interesting heritage California grape clones. There is great acidity and texture in this wine, as well as true delineation of flavor and fruit characteristics. Certainly not a cheap bottle of wine to purchase, but one of the best pinot's I have tasted from California in some time. 96 points
 
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