Kingston Family 'Tobiano' Pinot Noir 2009
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Stephen Tanzer 90
"Ruby-red. Spiced dark berries, cherry, minerals and mocha on the nose. Sweet, lush and nicely concentrated, exuding round, seamless flavors of raspberry and cherry compote, lifted by a floral element. Offers good energy and shows more depth and open-knit character than the Alazan; I suspect that many people will prefer this wine to its big sister"
" By now, most of those who are familiar with the Kingston wines know that Tobiano is the more approachable, easy-drinking pinot in our line-up, next to the more intense and nuanced Alazan. Our Tobiano is a blend of different parcels within the greater Kingston vineyard, those which meet our high standards but don’t necessarily make the top bottling. As we have gotten smarter about how to make Pinot Noir from our vineyard, I think the level of quality of the Tobiano has taken a big jump forward. Lately it seems that my task at blending is more a matter of cherry picking the very best lots for Alazan rather than, as in the early days, kicking out what didn’t make the grade in order to make a wine worthy of Alazan. A subtle difference perhaps. I have always taken pride in offering good, serious (well a little serious anyway) wine for a reasonable price. " ~ Winery notes