2009 Estate Grown Confluence Vineyard Pinot Noir

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91 Points - Year's Best Pinot Noirs
Wine & Spirits
From a warm spot in the Anderson Valley just south of Philo, Confluence grows a big wine, black, smooth and substantial. There’s flavor detail under the domineering warmth of the tannins and alcohol, yielding scents of kirsch, black cherries and porcini. Its full-on richness will match wild mushroom risotto.

90 Points
Charles Olken, Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
Complex and fascinating aromas of roses and barnyard, sweet oak and juicy, ripe-cherry fruit make for a most interesting start here, and, if still a bit on the simple and unde¬veloped side in the mouth, the wine is deep, well-extracted and filled with potential. It is, however, a little hotter and more astrin¬gent that we would like, and, while sure to be tamed in part by service with lamb or beef now, this one is best left alone for another three to five years.