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2012 Castle Rock Winery Reserve Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, USA

NV   2009   2012
Wine Notes

Price Range of 750ml bottle, ex-tax in USD
Average: $19   From: $17   To: $26

Score: 86  
The Wine-Searcher score of 86/100 is calculated from the following wine critic scores:
Critic Score
90/100  
82/100  
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Price History for 2012 Castle Rock Winery Reserve Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, USA
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Grape Variety

Pinot Noir is the red wine grape of Burgundy, now adopted (and feverishly studied) in wine regions all over the world. The variety's elusive charm has carried it to all manner of vineyards, from western Germany and northern Italy to Chile, South Africa, Australia and, perhaps most notably, California, Oregon and New Zealand. It is the patriarch of the Pinot family of grape varieties – so called because their bunches are similar in shape to a pine cone (pinot in French). Other members of this family include Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier, Aligote and Pinot Noir's white-wine counterpart, ...more


Region
  • Russian River Valley, one of the United States' top-ranked wine regions, is located at the heart of Sonoma County, California. One of California's coolest and foggiest AVAs (particularly in its southern and western portions), the valley has a cool growing season and a long, slow, ripening period which promotes complexity and balance in the wines. As a result, Russian River Valley wines are widely respected, particularly those made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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  • Sonoma County, California, is one of the most important wine-growing regions in the whole of the United States. Vines have been planted here since the 1850s, and apart from the inevitable hiatus brought about by Prohibition, the county’s relationship with wine has been prolific and unbroken.

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