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2010 Baldacci Pinot Noir

March 6, 2014 - Norman Bentley
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2010 Baldacci Elizabeth Pinot Noir

There are a number of different styles of Pinot Noir ranging from light and delicate, to robust and hardy. The Baldacci Family Vineyards describes their 2010 Elizabeth Pinot Noir as a Pinot Noir for those who enjoy Cabernet Sauvignon. I would say that qualifies as hearty and robust, and in my opinion, this Pinot Noir fits the bill.

The wine is dark red in color, with an earthy bouquet which suggests currants, and dark berries. The flavor is certainly full-bodied, with a strong presence of blackberry and currant, and undertones of cherry and vanilla. The finish is lingering, with a noticeable touch of tannin that backs the strong fruit flavors, which continue long after the last sip. The alcohol content is 14.5%

We enjoyed the Elizabeth Pinot Noir with a thick medium rare fillet and fresh garden salad.

This wine would also pair well with more exotic meats, like venison or elk. One suggestion would be, to decant the wine, as there is some sediment. Norm's score is 89.

Score: 89

Price: $35-$42

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