For a Pinot Noir, this wine is just huge, in my opinion too huge. Delicious and varietally correct pinot flavors of cherries, sage, cranberry and marjoram are shouldered aside by blueberries, vanilla, and chocolate. Tannins and acid are both low, overwhelmed by fruit and wood. This is not a food wine, but could serve solo as a snack, if you are so inclined. Recommended with Reservations. 86.

WHO: Deerfield Ranch
WHAT: Pinot Noir, Jemrose Vineyard
WHERE: California, Sonoma County, Bennett Valley
WHEN: 2003
PRICE: $34.99

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