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Biltmore Reserve 2008 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Our Selection for Wine of the Week April 5, 2010

Biltmore Reserve 2008 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir wine review

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Biltmore Reserve
2008 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir


Biltmore Wines is a project created by North Carolina's famed Biltmore Estate. Originally, Biltmore's wines were produced solely from vineyards on the historic estate. But as the wines grew in popularity, so did the project and the Biltmore Company's CEO, Bill Cecil, Jr., (great grandson of the estate's original owner, George W. Vanderbilt), began sourcing grapes from fine vineyards outside of North Carolina under the Biltmore Reserve label. The brand currently produces Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, a red blend and Pinot Noir. The 2008 Pinot Noir is made in a light-bodied, easy-drinking style with bright fruit and fine tannins. Although it isn't a wine made for aging, it is a Pinot you can buy and know it is ready to drink now. Aromas are of raspberries and cherry candy. On the mouth, the wine offers more red fruit flavors, as well as hints of baking spices and vanilla on the finish. It is a delicate, simple wine that would work well as an aperitif or an accompaniment to poached salmon, pork loin or roast chicken with mashed potatoes. Bright and hinting at sweetness, the wine would also work well with simple, lightly sweet desserts like shortbread, flan or vanilla biscotti.

Rating: 14/20

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