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Rutz Cellars' Sonoma Cuvée Pinot Noir has long been the stalwart performer in the Rutz portfolio of Burgundian-style wines. For almost twenty years, its character has evolved in its signature profile to grace the list of restaurants worldwide. Its backbone of finite 100% Pinot Noir grapes stems from Rutz's signature vineyards throughout Sonoma County's heartland. A core ingredient of this wine, the Gold Ridge soil, coupled with the terrior of the Russian River Valley, has shaped this bottling to portray Rutz Cellars' world-class status as a Pinot Noir producer. The 2008 Sonoma Cuvée Pinot Noir's soft and silky texture folds together with a touch of smoke from the French oak barrels, and bright fresh upfront red and black cherry flavors hint with cassis for a refined, beautifully balanced wine. The Tasting Panel awards the Rutz 2008 Sonoma Cuvée Pinot Noir 93 Points: "Milk chocolate and deep plum are inviting on the nose. The lightness-of-being factor takes a high acid, cherry-toned red and tempers with cinnamon and spice. Soft, but ripe and alert." [+]