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2012 Black Kite Pinot Noir "Kite's Rest Vineyard"

Winery: Black Kite

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Kite's Rest Vineyard"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Region: Anderson Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $48

Cases produced: 898

KWG Score: 92.5 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Excellent (94)

Review date: January 14, 2016

Wine Review: This dark red colored Pinot Noir from Black Kite was the best wine we tried at a recent business dinner at Capital Grill. It opens with an attractive fresh strawberry and red raspberry bouquet. On the plate, it is medium bodied, well balanced, smooth and fruit forward. The flavor profile is a delicious black raspberry with notes of black pepper and mild oak. I also detected hints of coffee and touch of black plum. The finish lingers with its fruit and spicy flavors upfront followed by moderate dry tannins in the background. I would pair this gem with a filet mignon. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: One of our most striking Kite's Rest bottlings, the 2012 opens with sweet dark fruit and brown spice aromatics, with just a hint of coffee and creme. The palate is saturated with sweet cherry and wild berry flavors lifted by polished, fine grained tannins that cradle the supple flavors through the extremely long finish. Young upon release, it will benefit from time in the cellar and decanting before serving. Cellar for up to 5-7 years. Decant if enjoying before June

Organic status: not organic

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