Kalin Cellars Pinot Noir 'Cuvée DD' 2000

Kalin Cellars Pinot Noir 'Cuvée DD' 2000

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The late Terry Leighton – the visionary behind one of California’s most eccentric wineries – was adamant that his wines were to be drunk only when ready. “No wine before its time,” went Kalin Cellars’ motto.

Although they owned no vines themselves, Terry and his wife Frances, both microbiologists, sourced fruit from distinguished vineyards in the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Livermore Valleys. Founding Kalin Cellars in 1977, the couple took a decidedly Old-World approach, with reds vinified in open-top vats and whites fermented in barrel. Only with an uncompromising commitment to artisanal methods, they maintained, could a wine improve over many years.

Kalin’s Pinots “approximate what Chambertin tastes like when made by the likes of Lalou Bize-Leroy,” raved Robert Parker. Pinot-meets-Nebbiolo in this kaleidoscope of dark fruit and savoury nuances – porcini mushroom, balsamic, earth – all bolstered by a muscular structure and racy acidity. 94 Points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate

Wine Details

Type Red
Country USA
Region California
Producer Kalin Cellars
Vintage 2000
Grape Varieties Pinot Noir
Bottle Size 75.0cl