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Community Tasting Notes (average 19 notes) - and median of 88 pts. in hiding notes with no text
| ||Tasted by stadler on 5/29/2013: Robe grenat de moyenne intensité, légère perlance. Intensité moyenne au nez, fruit confituré, un côté épicé et fumé, une note animale. En cours d'évolution. |
Moyenne acidité, alcool et corps bien présents, tannins moyens, intensité moyenne avec des arômes de fruit rouge confituré, avec un peu de cerise noire également. Longueur notable, peut être bu maintenant. (1236 views)
| ||Tasted by Basil Ganglia on 1/14/2013: Held my last bottle of this for almost one year after the rest. The extra time seems to have helped.|
PnP. This is not a typical PN. As has been noted by others, this is much deeper and darker than a typical PN. The nose is deep and intense, with notes of cherry and cassis and some earthiness. On the palate this is very fruit forward - notes of sour cherry, strawberry, with some heat, acidity and tannin arriving mid-palate. Has a long finish. Definitely a bolder and deeper PN. This doesn't have the layers of complexity and elegance of many classic PNs; I would say this swaggers more than it dances. To me this has some distinct zin-like character.
Quite enjoyable, even though it's not a typical PN and someone expecting that might be disappointed. At my $10/bottle price this is excellent QPR. I doubt it will be seen again, but if so this is an autobuy.
Rated good: 83-85 (1540 views)
| ||Tasted by jvanasco on 2/22/2012 & rated 89 points: Still amazed by this wine. The aftertaste is definitely pinot noir, but the initial flavors are jammy like a zin or syrah. At $10 , this was a steal for QPR. (2321 views)|
| ||Tasted by Basil Ganglia on 11/24/2011: Opened a bottle of this as our second bottle with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. PnP. Being as this was a family conversation and time together, i wasn't really focusing on the wine very much. So my comments are general impression. The first bottle was a Cambria pinot noir provided by my son.|
This was not a typical pinot noir - darker and more brooding with some oakiness, but lacking the "high notes" generally associated often with pinot noir. I don't have any impressions of heat, acidity, or tannins, so those must have been in check. There was some earthy type funkiness lurking around that didn't seem integrated into the flavor profile very much. Got better as we were finishing the bottle an hour later - aeration might be important for this one. As an inexpensive PN ($10/bottle from wtso) it's decent, particularly if you accept that it's not a traditional PN.There's a lot of plonk PN out there at this price point, and to me this wasn't plonk. But if you're expecting a budget priced traditional PN you'll probably be disappointed. Rated at the lower end of "good" - 79-82. (2966 views)
| ||Tasted by Cresus on 11/15/2011 & rated 89 points: Not a typical Pinot. Much fuller body than what I would consider the norm. Very tasty. Nose of cherries almost like a Tuscan. (3102 views)|
| ||Tasted by Suss on 11/8/2011 & rated 87 points: Basic raspberry with some sour cherry. Low to medium acidity. Nothing special here except for the QRP. Its good for what it is. Pop it open on a Tuesday unless you're entertaining. (2407 views)|
| ||Tasted by BBinSC on 11/3/2011 & rated 85 points: Initially, was a little concerned about the dark color of this wine -- odd for a Pinot, especially in this price range. The flavors were good, although more fruit than acidity. As it took on air, I became convinced there's something blended in -- Grenache, Syrah, or Zin. Got more pepper the more I drank. All in all, good bottle and can't argue with the $10 price. Would not recommend to hardcore Pinot drinkers, or at the more typical $15-18 retail. (1984 views)|
| ||Tasted by smcvick on 3/14/2011 & rated 87 points: Nice pinot, great value for an inexpensive wine. (2282 views)|
| ||Tasted by La Cave d'Argent on 12/14/2010 & rated 89 points: This wine was opened and consumed over two hours with grilled chicken pasta. The robe is medium ruby and the rim is red. Clean nose, showing moderately intense aromas of smokey black cherry, cardamom and chervil. Medium-bodied on the palate, with low-to-medium acidity, low-to-medium supple tannins and black cherry-dominated flavors. The middle palate is solid and the finish is medium and smooth. This is a screaming deal. A nice Pinot at this price is not easy to find. Drink now-12/12. (2410 views)|
| ||Tasted by jmh st louis on 10/17/2010 & rated 92 points: Great pepper, zest and black fruit. (2512 views)|
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Pinot Noir Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.
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