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2008 Sinor-LaVallee Aubaine Vineyard San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., $40. · This is not a wine for sissies: you have been forewarned. This vineyard offers big-boned darker fruit with flamboyant tannins. That said, winemaker Mike Sinor has managed to tame the beast, and the wine offers a big gulp of very ripe fruit with plenty of staying power on the finish. The wine is muscular but retains some welcoming charm and possesses an appealing soft mouth feel. Needs a big ribeye. Good. Reviewed March 12, 2011

Winery: Sinor-LaVallee
From article: Blast from 2011 World of Pinot Noir