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Offering laserlike sleekness and impeccable balance, this is light on its feet and surprisingly complex, with aromas of baked Asian pear and cinnamon leading to crisp flavors of Meyer lemon, raspberry and mineral on the bone-dry finish. Drink now. 1,500 cases made.
92 points  –TF
 
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Each year, Wine Spectator editors survey the wines reviewed over the previous 12 months and select our Top 100, based on quality, value, availability and excitement. This annual list honors successful wineries, regions and vintages around the world

#31   2010 Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Carneros Hyde Vineyard ($65)
Combines deliciously ripe dark berry fruit with a graceful texture and deft balance, featuring juicy wild berry and blackberry at the core. Floral, spice and anise touches linger on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 404 cases made.
95 PointsJ.L.
#59   2010 Donum Pinot Noir Carneros ($72)
Offers ebullient raspberry and black cherry flavors that are ripe and seductive, with spice, loam and sandalwood details. Notes of cassis, raspberry jam and red licorice crescendo on the long finish, with very refined tannins. Drink now through 2023. 589 cases made.
95 PointsM.W.

 

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Adding to Pinot lover's options, many exceptional 2010s remain in the market, positioning that vintage as the best of those currently available. Of the 2010s reviewed this past year, a trio of richly flavored Carneros wines achieved classic 95-point ratings: Donum ($72), and Patz & Hall's Hyde Vineyard ($65) and Moses-Hall Vineyard ($70).

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Doug Shafer, president of Shafer Vineyards in the Stags Leap district of Napa Valley, told decanter.com that it has been hard to fault the weather all year long. ‘This vintage is going to send me to my thesaurus to find as many synonyms as possible for ideal,’ he said. ‘I think people who love Napa Valley wines will find a lot to love in 2013 wines. ‘We started harvesting and crushing this week and across the varieties of grapes we grow the colour has been stellar, the ripeness and the flavours are right where we want them to be.

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Guests sampled current vintages and 2005 library wines from more than two dozen Carneros wineries and grapegrowers when the Carneros Wine Alliance hosted its annual tasting at the new ZD Barn on March 26. From left are board members, TJ Evans, chairman, Domaine Carneros; Anne Moller-Racke, vice-chairwoman, The Donum Estate/Stemmler Winery and  Brandon deLeuze, secretary) ZD Wines.

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Carneros Wine Alliance
The Carneros Wine Alliance is a non-profit association of wineries and grape-growers in the Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA).  Carneros is the only appellation located at the crossroads of two major wine regions, the Napa and Sonoma Valleys.  Influenced by the maritime breezes and fog from its southern border with the San Pablo Bay, Carneros produces the region’s finest Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and sparkling wines. The Carneros Wine Alliance is committed to promoting the distinction, diversity and above all, quality, of the grapes and wines from Carneros.