2007 Cline Cellars Pinot Noir

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Thursday, November 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.

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