Wine of the Week – Thomas George Estates Pinot Noir 2012

Like many California wineries, Thomas George Estates is  family owned by a father and son team, Thomas and Jeremy Baker, who seek to focus their world-class estate on site-specific Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays in Healdsburg.

The wines are created from three vineyards – Baker Ridge, Starr Ridge and Cresta Ridge -each with its own micro-climate, soil type, exposure and vine age.

This particular label, the winemakers point out, features clones 777, Pommard, 114, 115 and Swan from all three of their estate vineyards, Baker Ridge (40%), Cresta Ridge (32%) and Starr Ridge (28%).

Aged for 11 months in 94% French oak, it is a wine that is well balanced, and offers aromatics and layers of varietal flavor. The wine is 14.3% alcohol and offers notes of red cherry and wild strawberry, It’s an elegant, floral wine that needs air and delivers a rich and satisfying experience. The suggested retail price for this Pinot Noir is $43.
We enjoyed this Pinot Noir for its elegance and flavor. Visit www.pasternakwine.com.

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