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Aug 31, 2012 11:50 AM

TN: 2009 Black Kite Pinot Noir Angel Hawk Reserve

While dining at Ravens', a vegetarian restaurant on the Mendocino Coast, the server recommended the Black Kite Angel Hawk. The bottle was selling for $75 on the list and I decided to take a chance. Turned out to be good idea. Beautiful dark garnet color, impressive nose with hints of black cherry and some spies. Very focused and well structured. Lots of of dark cherry, blackberry and a little black currant. Wonderful hints of chocolate, cedar and licorice, especially on the mid palate. Long, long finish. It was so good I asked the restaurant where I could get it. They sold me the last two bottles from their cellar.

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  1. thank you for posting this.

    1. It's a very long way from home but I always appreciate a restaurant that sells a wine for just about the retail price (usually something one finds in wine country, if at all). Pretty pricey just the same, especially these days. Would you put it in the class of Kosta-Browne?.... or????????????????

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      1. re: Midlife

        Pricy, yes. But not exactly out of line with small production, high quality single vineyard Pinot Noirs. Is it is the same class as the Kosta Browne, close. Of course, I've been drinking KBs for a while and would need to drink several years of these to see if they have the consistency.

        Of course, this is a single vineyard, Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. The KBs I buy tend to be the RRV and Sonoma blends and some of the Sonoma single vineyards. They are different, not better or worse, different. This particular bottle, this year, was excellent. We'll have to see what future vintages bring. It was my first time having a Black Kite PN, and it is their top wine, so I don't know that I can say where the winery belongs in the CA PN hierarchy yet.

        1. re: dinwiddie

          Thanks. Also saw a remarkably similar post on WB. ;o]

            1. re: Midlife

              We do try to get the widest possible audience.

        2. As an update. I drank the last of the bottles a couple of days ago at Proof in Washington DC. Went very well with the duck confit and lamb chops I had.

          Still a wonderful and intense wine, a little smoother but no loss of power. Vibrant and focused flavors of dark cherry and plum. Hints of mocha and anise. Wonderful mouth feel with a long, long finish. I wish I had been able to get more.

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          1. re: dinwiddie

            thanks for the report, Dinwiddie.