| 2005 J Vineyards Pinotage Russian River|
Russian River, Sonoma, California
WB Rating: 89
Alcohol by volume: 14.0%
Price at time of purchase: $35.00 (from winery)
Principal varietal(s): Chardonnay
A most enjoyable first encounter with California Pinotage, a rarity I had previously associated only with South Africa. This Cinsault/Pinot Noir cross has something of the feel of a Syrah/Pinot Noir blend. Rich, ripe, spicy, and structured, it has layers of earthy sour cherry and plum fruit with a hint of flowers. Full yet harmonious in the mouth, good depth and finish. - HK 2007-11-20
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