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Cloak & Dagger

Cloak & Dagger
2012 "Pseudonym", Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Chicken Pasta

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$49

Cloak & Dagger
2012 "Pseudonym", Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Chicken Pasta

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
Dusty garnet black color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of grilled berries, dark roasted nuts, and hint of charcoal with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, elegant, crisp finish with overtones of roasted beets and sweet potato and delicate spice with well-integrated, silky tannins. A very nice and savory pinot noir that will be great at the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy, smooth, oaky & savory
Aroma Aroma: grilled berries, dark roasted nuts, and hint of charcoal
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with overtones of roasted beets and sweet potato and delicate spice
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own or with food
Recipes Pairing: Duck L’Orange, Coq Au Vin, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very nice and savory pinot noir that will be great at the table.

The Producer

Cloak & Dagger Wines

The Producer
PO Box 1477
Templeton, CA 93465-1477
USA
1 310-877-0210

Their Portfolio

91 Cloak & Dagger 2011 "The Conspirator’s Reserve" Dove Pond Vineyard, Syrah, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $49.00.
92 Cloak & Dagger 2010 "New World Order" Single Vineyard Blend, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $35.00.
83 Cloak & Dagger 2011 Illuminatus Reserve, Sangiovese, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $39.00.
90 Cloak & Dagger 2012 Illuminatus Reserve, Sangiovese, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $39.00.
86 Cloak & Dagger 2010 "The Defector" Reserve, Zinfandel, Paso Robles 15% (USA) $36.00.
91 Cloak & Dagger 2010 "Novos Ordo Seclorum" Cuvée Reserve, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $38.00.
91 Cloak & Dagger 2012 "Pseudonym", Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands 14.5% (USA) $49.00.
92 Cloak & Dagger 2012 "Foggy Bottom Reserve", Pinot Noir, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $65.00.
90 Cloak & Dagger 2013 Foggy Bottom Reserve, Pinot Noir, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $65.00.
84 Cloak & Dagger 2014 Illuminatus Reserve, Sangiovese, Paso Robles 15% (USA) $49.00.
89 Cloak & Dagger 2014 The Defector Reserve, Zinfandel, Paso Robles 15.2% (USA) $49.00.
93 Cloak & Dagger 2013 The Conspirator’s Reserve Fairbairn Vineyard, Syrah, Paso Robles 14.4% (USA) $36.00.
88 Cloak & Dagger 2015 The Conspirator’s Reserve, Syrah, Paso Robles 14.9% (USA) $49.00.
92 Cloak & Dagger 2016 The Conspirator, Syrah, Paso Robles 15.1% (USA) $49.00.
92 Cloak & Dagger 2016 Espionage Red Blend, Paso Robles 14% (USA) $47.00.
92 Cloak & Dagger 2016 Subterfuge Red Blend, Paso Robles 14.1% (USA) $49.00.
81 Cloak & Dagger 2016 Deep State Red Blend, Paso Robles 13.9% (USA) $48.00.

Pinot Noir

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Serve in a Burgundy Wine Glass
Pinot Noir is one of the world’s most fascinating red varieties. While many red grapes produces wines of power and youthful intensity, a wine made from Pinot Noir is often more refined with higher acidity and lower levels of tannins. The spiritual home for Pinot Noir is Burgundy, where it is produced in many styles, from very light to examples that can age for two to three decades.

Pinot Noirs tend to have aromas and flavors red cherry fruit, while some offer notes of wild strawberry, plum or even floral notes such as carnation and red roses. As tannins in Pinot Noir are not as pronounced as in a grape such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Nebbiolo, most Pinot Noirs can be enjoyed upon release, which is usually two to three years after the vintage.

Burgundy works extremely well for Pinot Noir, as it is a cool climate; a warm or hot climate would not bring out the perfumes of the variety. Thus growers in several countries have planted Pinot Noir in their coolest regions, looking to emulate Burgundy. These include the Willamette Valley in Oregon; Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills in California (among others); Central Otago in New Zealand; Casablanca and San Antonio Valleys in Chile and the Rheinhessen, Pfalz and Baden in Germany (where the grape is known as Spatburgunder). The concept of terroir – a wine is the producet of its specific environment – is most often associated with Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noirs tend to pair well with poultry (duck a l’orange is a classic match), game birds and even certain types of seafoods (as tannins are low), such as salmon, tuna and halibut.