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2008 Banshee Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir SKU #1057110

Price: $19.99

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Tasting Notes

Banshee Wines is not your normal wine company. It is a band of wine industry insiders dedicated to producing benchmark wines without the cult wine prices. These folks specialize in finding hidden gems in other wineries' cellars and then blending those barrels to create killer wines. For every barrel they take, they pass on 15 more that don't make the cut. The secret is that today, high-end wineries can't sell all the wine they make and they don't want to lower prices because they don't want to diminish their brand. They would rather sell some of their wine to us and protect their luxury prices. Fine by Banshee and even better for you. You'll find Banshee on some of the best restaurant lists in the world and in the cellars of the wine cognoscenti. You know, those people that tend to know these types of things. The goal is to deliver distinctive wines that beat the pants off many costing twice as much. With its nose of fresh blackberry, volcanic ash, fried sage and porcini mushroom and deep rich flavors of kirsch, Asian plum, finely cracked white pepper and a touch of tarragon, there may not be a better Pinot for $20 this year.

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Staff Reviews

  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    5/13/2010
    K&L Staff Member
    “Banshee,” as in you will make out like one if you are sage enough to grab a few bottles of this wine. Coming from two young, but seasoned, wine professionals Steve Graf and Baron Ziegler this brand spanking new project sure excited me. Basically they went into a very popular, undisclosed winery, tasted every barrel of Pinot Noir they had and came up with three different appellation blends, Santa Lucia Highlands, Sonoma Coast and Sonoma County. While all three bottlings are delicious I thought that the Santa Lucia Highlands bottling was really the overachiever here. With its giving, forward nature, ripe fruit and long spicy finish a Pinot like this is rare at the $20 price point, especially from the skyrocketing appellation of Santa Lucia Highlands. With its nose of fresh blackberry, volcanic ash, fried sage and porcini mushroom and deep rich flavors of kirsch, Asian plum, finely cracked white pepper and a touch of tarragon I don’t know if I’ve seen a better Pinot for $20 this year. (Bryan Brick, K&L)
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