Wine of the Week: 90+ Cellars 2008 Lot 56 Reserve Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Move over Malbec! To date, my two favorite wines to be released by 90+ Cellars have both been Malbecs: the Lot 3 and Lot 36 from Salta and Mendoza respectively. But as of today, I have a new favorite: the Lot 56 Reserve Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley.  Simply put, this is a fantastic wine and an outstanding score for 90+ Cellars.

The Lot 56 has a youthful appearance in the glass and is pale ruby. The nose is fresh red berries, cherry, and a bit of violet. Crushed raspberries, cola, spice, and licorice make for an enticing and complex palate. Unlike many Pinot Noirs from Oregon, which have an earthy, mushroom core, this is all about the fruit. The tannins are light and delicate, but the medium-plus acidity gives the wine plenty of structure. A bit racy, but still very elegant. A lingering finish, with notes of raspberry and spice.

Though this bottle was a sample courtesy of Brett at 90+ Cellars, I plan to stock up on this beauty and to serve it often in the coming months. If you like Pinot Noir, you certainly should try this wine soon. But if you love Pinot Noir from California, particularly Russian River Valley, run out and get some now!  Excellent.


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Katrin is one of the co-founders of Wine Dine With Us. She enjoys sharing her love of wine on the blog, and is particularly fond of wines from Argentine, Alto Adige, and Germany. A lifelong environmentalist, Katrin has become increasingly interested in issues of sustainability in wine and food, local food production, biodynamics, and organic agriculture. When not drinking wine and writing about it, she is a nonprofit professional, specializing in fundraising and special events.

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