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2005 Penfolds Cellar Reserve Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., $35. After a cold soak, the grapes are fermented in open-top fermenters driven by natural yeast with the use of hand punch downs. Unfined and unfiltered. · This wine is quite different from what we have come to expect from Pinot Noir crafted in North America. I found it difficult to describe the components of the aromatic profile but did identify raisins and a hint of porto. Dark fruits, sassafras, root vegetables on the palate. Looks and tastes slightly brown. There is some appealing textural softness and stylistic finesse. Tastes of Pinot Noir grown in California in the early 1980s on sites that were too warm. Only for the curious. Reviewed May 7, 2009

Winery: Penfolds
From article: More Sips of Pinot from Down Under