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Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2011

Publication

The Wine Advocate

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Review

The 2011 Pinot Noir Blue Slide Ridge sees 85% new oak (the highest of any of these Pinots) and is made from Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777. Always one of the sexiest Pinot Noirs made in California, the 2011 is lighter in color than past examples, but reveals classic floral notes intermixed with raspberry and blueberry liqueur. Medium-bodied with beautiful texture as well as impressive purity, it can be drunk now and over the next 4-5 years. Production was minuscule because of the vintage conditions.