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Hunterdon Cellars Pinot Noir 2008

Hunterdon Pinot Noir 2008This Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands in California is on the thinner side, with light ruby color and fresh cherry flavors. Light-bodied with minimal tannins, but still a nice overall every-day wine.

The label states 2008 as the vintage, so the wine has kept well all these years.

The Hunterdon Pinot Noir is produced with a Burgundy-style aging process, where the winemakers age the wine in large casks, which let in tiny amounts of oxygen. This so-called “micro-oxidation” softens the wine and adds a little earthiness to its character.

A real value wine, so if you spot this one, definitely worth a try.

Produced by Hunterdon Cellars (Mayro-Murdick Wines), King City CA.

Alc. 13.5%

$10

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Decoy Zinfandel 2010

Decoy Zinfandel 2010This 2010 Zinfandel from the Duckhorn Wine Company (“Decoy“) in Sonoma County is a pleasant every-day wine.

This 2010 Zinfandel is dark ruby red/purple in color, and has plenty of strawberry and raspberry fruit flavors with hints of oak, vanilla and spice coming through. Not an overly complex wine, but it has a smooth and round finish. Still a bit on the expensive side.

Created and bottled by Decoy, St. Helena, CA.

Alc. 14.5%

$18

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Testarossa Pinot Noir 2012

Testarossa Pinot Noir 2012The 2012 Testarossa Pinot Noir is produced from grapes sourced from various high quality vineyards spread throughout California’s Central Coast.

It’s a slightly darker and more robust Pinot Noir with luscious dark berry fruit, bright acidity and hints of cinnamon with some smokey oak coming through on the finish. This is a great, affordable Pinot Noir that received 90 Points from the Wine Advocate.

Testarossa Winery was founded in 1993 by husband and wife Rob & Diana Jensen, who started the business in their garage with 25 cases of wine. Today, the winery has a loyal following of wine enthusiasts because of their ability to cultivate “long-term partnerships with passionate winegrowers and vineyards“.

Produced and bottled by: Testarossa Winery, Los Gatos CA.

Alc. 14.3%

$15

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