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2010 Gracenote Carneros/Sonoma County Pinot Noir

2010 Gracenote Carneros/Sonoma County Pinot Noir Zoom

This nicely concentrated wine offers notes of red cherry, red berries, cocoa, coffee, charred wood, toast and lavender.

Varietal: Pinot Noir Vintage: 2010
Brand: Gracenote
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About This Wine

The name of this wine was inspired by composer Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.

In the world of music, a grace note is an ornament or embellishment to a composition that’s “not only useful, but indispensable. They connect the notes,; they give them life. They emphasize them, and illustrate the sentiments, be they sad or merry. The best melody without them may seem obscure and meaningless.”

In the world of wine, the concept can be applied to the specific grapes utilized, the type of vessels used for aging, and the length of aging prior to bottling and release. For the 2010 Gracenote Pinot Noir, winemaker Reed Renaudin selected grapes from two vineyards in the Carneros area of Sonoma County, and then aged the cuvee in a mix of French and Hungarian oak barrels.

The wine is perfectly balanced, nicely concentrated, and both floral and fruitful. In a word, it’s a wine that truly is inspired.

About Pinot Noir

Very sensitive to climate and handling in winery, this fickle grape of Burgundy yields low tannin and acidity, medium colors and lifespan. Classic berry, cherry and currant flavors, silky textures typically balanced with spicy or floral tones.

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Tasting Notes

  • Grape Composition:100% Pinot Noir
  • Grape Source:Carneros Growing Area of Southern Sonoma County
  • Aromas & Flavors:Red Cherry, Red Berries, Cocoa, Coffee, Charred Wood, Toast and a Hint of Lavender
  • Aging Vessels:French and Hungarian Oak Barrels (30% First Use) for 20 Months
  • When to Drink:Now Through 2016
  • Food Pairing Suggestiongrilled salmon, or a mushroom pizza.

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16 Reviews

    It may not be the best description but this wine was AWESOME!

    11/14/2012 Mike Robinson
    • Number of Ratings 1

    Exceptional! Very smooth and loaded with flavor and fragrance. Highly recommended

    11/21/2012 Esequiel Meza
    • Number of Ratings 1

    Our first selection from Vinesse...delightfully smooth!

    12/22/2012 Chris
    • Number of Ratings 1

    I am generally not a huge fan of Pinot Noir, but I thoroughly enjoyed this wine! It has very impressive body & flavor...I am still blown away

    1/07/2013 Nikki Gagliardi
    • Rater Rank 884
    • Number of Ratings 1
    • Average 5

    Finely textured, almost a bit leathery though.

    1/11/2013 FRB
    • Number of Ratings 1

    A great example of increasingly common great pinot from Carneros. Great fruit and balance.

    2/01/2013 Michael Langley
    • Number of Ratings 1

    Very smooth! Floral blast at first with quick berry flavors that don't last very long. But this wine is quite enjoyable with a grilled salmon steak cooked on a cedar plank. It finishes beautifully!

    3/11/2013 David
    • Number of Ratings 1

    Little bit of licorice. Some chocolate and an earthy finish.

    3/11/2013 Flbarbie
    • Number of Ratings 1

    Not as fruity as other Pinots. Held up nicely to a spicy meal. Very smooth. A little bite on the back end. Maybe due to the higher alcohol content at 14.5%. A very nice Pinot.

    3/22/2013 Grant
    • Number of Ratings 1

    Nice balanced wine.

    3/27/2013 Becky
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    4/02/2013 Janet Tufts
    • Number of Ratings 1

    Not as fruity as other Pinots. Very smooth. Nice rounded flavor. Held up very well to a spicy meal.

    4/04/2013 Grant
    • Rater Rank 12
    • Number of Ratings 41
    • Average 4.0243902439


    7/01/2013 Mary Simmons
    • Number of Ratings 1

    It is simply delicious!

    4/11/2014 Billie
    • Number of Ratings 1


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  • Pinot Noir Sauce Try this flavorful sauce over lambprime rib, and serve with Pinot Noir, Malbec red blend... Get The Recipe
    Green Salad With Cranberry Vinaigrette With almost any type of salad, we suggest Sauvignon Blanc as a well-matched wine. But because of the cranberry flavor featured in this recipe, you may want to try a wine that includes cranberry among its aromas and flavors. We tried it with a lighter-bodied Pinot Noir, and it turned out to be an intriguing and enticing combination. Get The Recipe
    Balsamic Maple Glazed Salmon Try this recipe, which makes 4 servings, with Pinot Noir, Syrah. Get The Recipe
    Smoked Salmon Penne Pasta In a world of anything-goes-food-and-wine pairing, we're on the lookout for recipes that match well with red OR white wines. This is one such recipe, and it makes two servings... Get The Recipe
    Mushroom Barley Stew A fruity red wine is the perfect match for this hearty recipe, which serves 4 to 6. MUSHROOM BARLEY STEW Ingredients - 1 T olive oil - 2 carrots, chopped... Get The Recipe
  • Tomato Pesto Pasta A wonderful match with Cabernet Sauvignon, this recipe helps bring out the fruitful quality of the wine. It also matches nicely with other red wines, and serves 4. Get The Recipe
    Duck Breast With Red Wine Risotto This recipe calls for a good quality red wine, and we suggest either Pinot Noir, Merlot. Whichever you choose, we also suggest serving that wine with the meal. This recipe makes 4 servings. Get The Recipe
    Pork Tenderloin With Tart Cherry Port And Caraway Sauce This delicious recipe from Sonoma County's J. Fritz Winery matches beautifully with almost any red wine. It makes 4 to 6 servings. Get The Recipe
    The Perfect Potatoes With the holidays on the horizon, several ACWC members have asked us for recipes to accompany main dishes such as turkey, ham. Here's one we love - and it can even be a meal in itself, served with a glass of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir. It makes 6 to 8 servings... Get The Recipe
    Smoked Duck A La Orange Just in case this year's California wildfires impart a smoky flavor to vintage 2008 wines, here's a recipe that will match up nicely. Otherwise, try this dish - developed by Garre Winery Executive Chef Ty Turner -- with naturally smoky wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Pinot Noir, Syrah. Get The Recipe
  • Herb Crusted Tuna Steaks This recipe is extremely versatile, matching well with most white and lighter red wines. It makes 4 servings. Get The Recipe
    Pan Fried Lamb Chops This recipe, which makes 4 servings, features flavors that can be enjoyed with virtually any red wine. Turn it into a complete meal with a side dish jasmine rice. Get The Recipe
    Tuscan Style Roasted Game Hens If you're looking for a change from turkey, ham this holiday season, try this easy-to-prepare dish that matches well with both white and red wines. It serves 6... Get The Recipe
    Grenoble Style Salmon This recipe, which matches beautifully with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, makes 4 servings... Get The Recipe
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