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2009 Samsara Kesslar-Haak Vineyards Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 162 cases, $38. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Very reserved nose offering hints of dark berries, spice, stem and oak. The fruit-powered attack of plum and black raspberry is flanked by mildly aggressive tannins, with the fruit flavors falling off quickly on the finish. Tasted the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the aromatics were still lacking, but the fruit was more vibrant and appealing. Good (+). Reviewed January 11, 2012

Winery: Samsara
From article: Embarrassment of Riches: California