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Dain Wines

Owner(s) David Dain Smith
Web site www.dainwines.com
 
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David Dain Smith produces small amounts of several vineyard-designate Pinot Noirs that are vinified at CrushPad in San Francisco. He still lives in Missouri and commutes to craft his wines. Each of the wines are named for a prominent now-deceased family member. The Pinot Noir lineup is all vineyard-designates and comes from purchased grapes grown in multiple appellations throughout California with the sources varying somewhat. Look him up at any of the Pinot Festivals in California - he has an infectious smile and is a great guy to talk Pinot with. The wines have been somewhat inconsistent but I have had some very good bottles from certain vineyards in good vintages. The wines are sold through a mailing list.

Reviewed Wines

2007 Dain Wines American Beauty Amber Ridge Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., $48. · Very shy aromas of black cherry and oak. Black cherry carries over on the palate with notes of cassis, framed by soft tannins and racy acidity. A bit austere now due to the acidity. Improves in the glass over time indicating this wine is quite immature. Be patient with this one. Reviewed January 1, 2009 ARTICLE »

2006 Dain American Beauty Amber Ridge Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $48. Dijon clones 115, 667. Aged in 50% new French oak. · Attractive aromatics featuring Bing cherry and wood spice. Red fruits and cola compose the taste track. Very soft and elegant with ample acidity. The aftertaste lingers with a woodsy bent. The fruits are a little shy at this point and more bottle age should change this. Reviewed January 20, 2008 ARTICLE »

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2006 Dain Wines Savage Juliet Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $48. Sourced from the Hein Family Vineyard. · Moderately light in color. The nose is thick with herbs, leaf, underbrush, oak smoke and camphor. Light in weight with good acidity, the flavor profile leans to cherries and cranberries with a slight chemical note. Smooth in the mouth. No special message but a decent drink. Reviewed May 26, 2009 ARTICLE »

2005 Dain Savage Juliet Hein Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

Attention-getting cherry and cinnamon driven aromatics lead to a solid core of spiced red Pinot fruits on a bed of roses. Reviewed July 30, 2007 ARTICLE »