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2010 Green Groves Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

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This soft, smooth wine offers notes of blackberry, red cherry and toasty caramel.

Varietal: Pinot Noir Vintage: 2009
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About This Wine

Smooth. Soft. Seductive. Sexy.

All of those words describe the 2010 Green Groves Pinot Noir, a spellbinding wine from the Russian River Valley in California’s Sonoma County. Need a few more “S” words? How about supple... or silky? They also apply.

These characteristics are a function, primarily, of the grape variety. Pinot Noir exhibited those traits long before the movie “Sideways” transformed them into hypnotic poetry. And in California, the Russian River Valley is one of a handful of Pinot hubs, a place where soil, sunshine and cooling fog combine to provide a nearly perfect climate for the variety. Add a passionate winemaker to the mix, and some truly amazing wines can result.

In 2010, Green Groves outdid itself, crafting an extraordinary Russian River Valley Pinot Noir — a wine brimming with red and black fruit flavors, accented by a kiss of sweet caramel. If we could use only one “S” word to describe it, that word would be: sublime.

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:Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, Calif.
  • Aromas & Flavors:Blackberry, Red Cherry and Toasty Caramel
  • Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
  • When to Drink:Now Through 2017
  • Food Pairing Suggestionbeef stew, or prime rib.

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60 Reviews

    Very soft and wonderful

    1/03/2011 Michael VB
    • Number of Ratings 1

    very good, mello, fruity

    1/09/2011 Dorothy Hagins
    • Rater Rank 396
    • Number of Ratings 15
    • Average 4.06666666667

    This wine is wonderful! It is very lovely!

    1/13/2011 Joyce K. Jones
    • Number of Ratings 1

    Soft fruity flavor and aroma

    1/20/2011 shepperd
    • Rater Rank 1,642
    • Number of Ratings 2
    • Average 3

    We had it with homemade pizza and it worked great!

    3/01/2011 Suzanne Hadley
    • Number of Ratings 1

    Liked it so much I wrote about it on Facebook!!!

    3/28/2011 Maureen Wooster
    • Number of Ratings 1

    wow this compares with Russian River Pinot I bought last year for twice the price.. awesome value.. very sexy little red

    4/10/2011 B West
    • Rater Rank 1,543
    • Number of Ratings 2
    • Average 4.5

    It was definitely NOT silky or sublime. Tried it on three different days, with different foods, and still found it harsh.

    4/17/2011 Patricia Register
    • Number of Ratings 1

    A nearly perfect Pinot. It was so delicious.

    4/17/2011 Marie
    • Number of Ratings 1

    Pleasant dark fruit flavors. Just a bit too much alcohol for my taste but that's normal for RR Valley Pinot Noir. Went well with a prosciutto & roasted tomato lunch salad.

    5/11/2011 Clarel Thevenot
    • Rater Rank 1,562
    • Number of Ratings 1
    • Average 4

    We generally do not enjoy Pinot Noir's and this one was no exception. The flavor was very single level and bland.

    5/23/2011 Mike
    • Number of Ratings 1

    Flavorful fruity wine. Enjoyed!

    6/02/2011 Joseph Buchwald
    • Rater Rank 1,487
    • Number of Ratings 2
    • Average 4

    Very enjoyable.

    7/04/2011 Robert Cronk
    • Rater Rank 1,458
    • Number of Ratings 2
    • Average 2.5

    Great summer wine. Light and crisp.

    8/06/2011 Mark Ingram
    • Rater Rank 1,267
    • Number of Ratings 2
    • Average 2.5

    This wine is not soft or smooth. Very rich and more harsh than I would expect of a Pinot Noir

    8/20/2011 Paul
    • Rater Rank 1,194
    • Number of Ratings 5
    • Average 3

    Lovely example of Russian River pinot

    9/04/2011 Robbie Hobbs
    • Number of Ratings 1

    I love pino noir, but this one had a very bitter aftertaste. I would not purchase this one again.

    9/08/2011 Kelli DiDonna
    • Rater Rank 1,430
    • Number of Ratings 1
    • Average 1

    Excellent Pinot

    9/23/2011 Gary Livingston
    • Number of Ratings 1

    This wine was so smooth! Very soft and a great sipping wine. Loved it!

    10/17/2011 Kathy Y
    • Number of Ratings 1

    Good body, somewhat fruity. I would drink it again.

    10/17/2011 Gene Gehrke
    • Number of Ratings 1

    Smooth, delicious, pinot - definitely over 90 points!

    10/19/2011 J.D. Wemhaner
    • Number of Ratings 1

    one of my favorites

    11/03/2011 katie cho
    • Rater Rank 1,346
    • Number of Ratings 1
    • Average 5

    Found excellent with all foods. Rich vibrant tastes.

    11/07/2011 George
    • Rater Rank 1,283
    • Number of Ratings 2
    • Average 4.5

    Very smooth and full of taste. Excellent!

    11/07/2011 Jeff
    • Rater Rank 1,342
    • Number of Ratings 1
    • Average 5

    smooth nice wine, a def. must try

    11/08/2011 Jebadiah
    • Number of Ratings 1

    Smooth, medium bodied, excellent with Italian.

    11/08/2011 Mark Ryan
    • Rater Rank 1,338
    • Number of Ratings 1
    • Average 4

    This was a type of wine that was good only with the pasta I ate. But, by thank you. I wouldn't consider buying this wine, even it was under $10, but I'll give it a 2 star rating because it didn't ruin the meal.

    11/17/2011 Diana
    • Rater Rank 1,210
    • Number of Ratings 3
    • Average 2.66666666667

    Wife and I drank about two sips each, we agreed it was lousy. Opened a diffent bottle. May try to use it for cooking and hope it doesn't ruin that.

    11/21/2011 Kurt Needles
    • Rater Rank 1,323
    • Number of Ratings 1
    • Average 1

    Excellent pairing with turkey dinner for red wine lovers

    11/25/2011 Mary L Wilson
    • Rater Rank 962
    • Number of Ratings 5
    • Average 4.4

    This Pinot Noir was impressive all around. It had a luxurious display of aromatic scents that were accompanied by a deep and delicious taste. Pairing this wine with a nice steak dish is recommended very much so.

    11/27/2011 Chris
    • Rater Rank 1,130
    • Number of Ratings 4
    • Average 3.25

    Loved this wine it is so smooth.

    11/28/2011 Penny Schlink
    • Rater Rank 1,106
    • Number of Ratings 2
    • Average 5

    Very pleasant, smooth.

    12/02/2011 Aby Zemack
    • Rater Rank 1,309
    • Number of Ratings 1
    • Average 5

    Enjoy this Pinot Noir, usually prefer Oregon

    12/05/2011 Stephen Ritchie
    • Number of Ratings 1

    Smooth. Got the oak, dark cherry. Lingering after taste, gets lost. Aroma is nice.

    12/07/2011 Martin D. Findley
    • Rater Rank 790
    • Number of Ratings 9
    • Average 4.11111111111

    Do not really care for Pinot Noir

    12/17/2011 Vivian Ratliff
    • Number of Ratings 1

    Nice sipping wine. It would go wonderful with a juicy steak. I definately could pick out the red cherry. It does have a slight bitter aftertaste, but it goes away quickly. One of the first red wines I enjoyed.

    1/06/2012 Angie
    • Rater Rank 1,132
    • Number of Ratings 3
    • Average 4.66666666667

    Delicious with smokey undertones

    1/30/2012 Amy Konop
    • Rater Rank 1,149
    • Number of Ratings 2
    • Average 5

    Silky, smooth and easy to drink. What we suggest to be its Monetary Value: $20 [the best wine of our 1st shipment]

    2/09/2012 Antonio Carvalho
    • Rater Rank 874
    • Number of Ratings 8
    • Average 3.625

    A pleasant surprise! My husband and I enjoyed the wine with our steak dinner!

    2/27/2012 Mitzi Geesaman
    • Rater Rank 1,206
    • Number of Ratings 1
    • Average 4

    I'm still trying to learn to like red wines - so I'm looking for ones I really like.

    3/22/2012 Carolyn Julia
    • Rater Rank 1,076
    • Number of Ratings 2
    • Average 4

    This wine was delightful and smooth. I didnt drink this with red meat but it was wonderful to just sip on and enjoy the flavor.

    4/20/2012 Cynthia Peck
    • Number of Ratings 1

    I am normally not a Pinot drinker (tend to enjoy complex Cabernets most) but this was very nice! Not the sweeter/flatter Pinots I've tried in the past. This wine has opened my eyes to what a Pinot can (and in my opinion) should be.

    4/23/2012 Amanda Grillo
    • Number of Ratings 1

    Terrific taste, great body. My wife is not a red drinker and she loved this. Would buy this again any time.

    5/19/2012 Walter
    • Rater Rank 1,094
    • Number of Ratings 1
    • Average 4

    Another great pinot Noir!

    6/06/2012 Robert Mcneal
    • Rater Rank 3
    • Number of Ratings 135
    • Average 3.91111111111

    Exceptional, even been very young!

    6/08/2012 Jorge
    • Rater Rank 1,080
    • Number of Ratings 1
    • Average 5

    A little bitter. With several ice cubes, it tastes better. Wondering if it was delievered in warm temperature spoiled?

    6/12/2012 David
    • Number of Ratings 1

    It tasted bitter. It tasted better when few ice cubes added.

    6/15/2012 David
    • Rater Rank 174
    • Number of Ratings 30
    • Average 3.5

    Wonderful fruity, smooth flavor

    6/24/2012 Ronald Patten
    • Number of Ratings 1

    A really nice Pinot Noir. Agreat wine with prime rib. I highly recomende

    7/25/2012 Charles Irvin
    • Rater Rank 1,025
    • Number of Ratings 1
    • Average 5


14 recipes match for this wine.

  • 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
    Grenoble Style Salmon This recipe, which matches beautifully with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, makes 4 servings... Get The Recipe
    Balsamic Maple Glazed Salmon Try this recipe, which makes 4 servings, with Pinot Noir, Syrah. Get The Recipe
    Pinot Noir Sauce Try this flavorful sauce over lambprime rib, and serve with Pinot Noir, Malbec red blend... 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
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
  • 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
    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
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