2012 Banshee Pinot Noir Sonoma County

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Sonoma County
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Community Tasting Notes 6

  • bin905 Likes this wine: (90 points)

    August 26, 2014 - It hit the spot when served chilled on a warm summer evening. Nice blend of flavors, just a little edge, with ample smooth tannins.

  • RobertDwyer wrote: (88 points)

    March 7, 2014 - Solid and straightforward. Nice, but I was hoping for more given Banshee's track record.

  • PMAK Likes this wine: (88 points)

    January 17, 2014 - Color is garnet. Moderately aromatic. I get hit with strawberries and spices (vanilla) and I get some earthy notes after it opens up. Has a smooth finish but not very persistent . It definitely attacks with a spicy bite. Moderately crisp (+) with low tannins. Medium bodied. For the price, its a good but I prefer the Meiomi Pinot over this on taste and price.

  • TriggerFingers Likes this wine: (87 points)

    January 15, 2014 - 1+ hour decant.

    While most California wineries haven't even released their 2012's, Banshee comes out with the Sonoma Pinot. Sure its a fairly young wine, but I was curious.

    First impression: The nose is pretty nice with red fruit and an aroma of dried flowers. The color is very light and reminds me of the old glass Carbon Tet fire grenades (google image: Shur Stop Red Fire Grenade)-- like a medium cherry red, but just as clear. Its light enough in fact that I could read newsprint through the wine.
    Flavor was almost a premature pomegranate note that led to the essence of cherry jolly rancher. By that I mean the finish was like holding a jolly rancher in your mouth for 20 seconds, then spitting it out. What remained is what this wine really reminded me of. Even with a good decant, the tannins really overpowered the delicate fruit much like laying a larger rock on top of the primary flavors.
    Granted, its still super young but was awkward in that regard.
    Day 2: much mellower, a one note tart cherry wine. This wine wasn't bad, but wasn't great. The QPR is decent and I think it is in the middle of the pack with other $20-25 Pinots. If scoring I would say 86+-87. Solid effort!

    Last Words: Good, but better QPR Pinots out there.

  • Euell Gophar wrote: (88 points)

    November 25, 2013 - Takes a long time to lose an unsavory Pinot Noir earthiness but it's worth it.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Sonoma and Beyond: New Releases (Feb 2014) (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type Red
  • Producer Banshee
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Sonoma County

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 89 (56%)
  • Consumed 71 (44%)

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