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2011 Mark VI Pinot Noir


Wine Description

The most brooding Pinot noir from the vineyard. Layers of flavors are enhanced by the largest percentage of new French oak barrels possible without overwhelming the wine. Named for our son Mark, the Roman numerals denote this wine's place in the series. 

91 Points: Wine Advocate “deeper color than its stable mates and projects scents and flavors of strawberry and red raspberry jam complexly accented by dill, saffron, brown spices, and leather. Juicy and sappy, energetic and profoundly persistent, this is nonetheless firmer in feel – due largely, I suspect, to enhanced presence of oak tannin – than the other Anam Cara 2011s, and it lacks the mouthwatering umami of its “Heather” counterpart. But I would highly recommend following it through 2018, especially in light of how improbably expressive the 2007 edition showed when tasted alongside.”

91 points: Wine Enthusiast CELLAR SELECTION The Mark VI is a sort of reserve reserve, this one from barrels chosen to showcase the most cellar-worthy aspects of the vintage. It succeeds nicely, delivering a solid, firm, tart wine with young raspberry and cherry fruit at its center. The tannins have a lightly herbal, leafy streak, and there’s little doubt this will benefit from additional years in the cellar.

91 points: PinotFile  Light reddish purple hue in the glass. Aromas of black cherry and raspberry with a hint of dried herbs lead to a flavorful core of intense black raspberry fruit which fans out in peacock tail fashion on the huge, grand cru finish. Has the tannic structure to last.

Barrels:     50%  New French oak
Clones:     50% Pommard, 40% 777, 10% Dijon 667

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