2005 Ketcham Estate Pinot Noir (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

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California, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, USA


Ruby red, completely translucent color. Smelling of plum, tobacco, leather, raspberry, and fresh green tea leaves. Solid palate presence with raspberry, cranberry, cherry, plum, cinnamon and cardamom. Finish is medium in length. This is a real success and I slightly prefer this to the recent Kosta Brownes Michael has made. This is just pure fun to drink with no trace of heat or overblowness. Kudos to Steven and Michael.

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I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.

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