Three years since I last had this wine. It's holding up surprisingly well. The color is fading a bit to a ruby/garnet mix, and the fruit is also fading a bit. Raspberry, cherry, bramble, clove, smoke, menthol, licorice, earth on the nose and palate. Great acidity, texture and some nice, smooth tannins. The finish of cherry and spice lingers a long time. A well-made wine.
This wine was consumed as PNP. It started out "tight", a bit sharp, a modest floral notes in its nose. However, over the course of a few hours, it really opened up into a lovely pinot: wonderful cherry and fruit flavors, nice light mouth feel, and smooth finish.
colour - red, no browning looks young nose - initially lots of violets and then sweet fruit, strawberries and after a while some leather. lovely texture, quite meaty t. Sweetness touch of leather meat savoury finish carries alcohol well some length sl drying finish love this
Consumed over 2 days, note from day 2. Nose: Medium expressiveness, dominated by sweet/ripe fruit - rock candy & grape Jolly Rancher, with undertones of cinnamon, and spice. Palate: Medium bodied, spicy blue and red fruit attack - not as sweet as the nose suggests, nice mid-palate lift, sweetness and spice dominate the back-end. Finish: Medium-plus sense of ripe red and blue fruit and spice. My last of of 4 bottles consumed over the past 24 months - this is showing as good or better than any.
Very pretty on the nose, this is in a great spot and exhibiting expressive cherry and strawberry on the nose, with a hint of cedar. It's bringing great balance on the palate, with ripe wild cherry and cranberry fruit backed by firm acidity that begs for another sip. A great example of what California pinot noir should be.
PnD. Very translucent crimson with slight bricking. This wine is at a really great place right now. Sweet strawberries, Asian spice, plush mouthfeel...oh, so nice. Its gotten a lot better since the last bottle about a year ago. I'd drink this now.
Popped 2 hours before first pour, consumed over 2 hours. Nose: Medium expressiveness, cranberry, black cherry, and cinnamon. Palate: Medium bodied, tart red fruit flavors with spice, just a little thin thru the mid-palate. Finish: Medium length sense of tart red fruit.
Popped 1 hour before first pour, consumed over 4 hours. Nose: Medium expressiveness, cherry, cola, tea, and cinnamon. Palate: Medium-full bodied, nice mouth feel, sweet red fruit and a hint of spice, not dynamic at all but nice muted flavors none the less. Finish: Medium length sense of red fruit and cola. Overall there is little to complain about with this effort, but on the other hand there is little to get excited about either - just a nice drinking wine.
Smooth but a bit thin - there's just not much there...no heat which is good, but not much depth of flavors either
Nose: hints of plums, carroway, and graphite with some of that pinot giveaway barnyard Pallet: slight hint of strawberry but very subtle and some nice caramel Legs: a bit of tannin but very smooth if a bit light - i could have done for more of something...anything really
A nose of dusty black cherry, medium ruby in color. A medium to full bodied Pinot, with black cherries, black raspberries, mineral and dusty spice finish. A bit past peak but was very good for the clearance price, not sure what WE drank with their 94 rating.
Much better than a year ago. Decanted for an hour. It has evolved a Burgundian character that it lacked before. There was a green note last time I tried it that now has turned into a woody note similar to that found in a Sauvigny Les Beaune. I'm glad I waited for this one but I think it's still got more a couple more years to fully develop.
Decanted one hour, but needs at least two to fully open. Beautiful garnet color. Red fruit on the nose palate. A little smoother than the bottles I opened last year. Good to drink now, but it should be better in another year or two.
Had over the course of two days. On the first day the wine was a bit tight, this description written on the second day after the wine had opended up and some of the astringency dissipated. Color - Garnet, clear; Nose - dark red fruit (strawberries, rasperries, wild berries), white pepper, cola, some oak; Palatte - medium bodied, low-med tannin, medium-high acidity, bright red berries with light and airy mouthfeel, smooth finish, nice length; Will hang onto the other 2 bottles for a few years before opening.
Nice enough nose, but perhaps it's already past peak, because all I got is heat, enough to overpower food. Granted, this is not my style of PN (hot, abv > 14%), so this is just my perspective, but yeah. Meh.
Nice nose of cherry-cola, spice, forest greens& vanilla. Med-bodied and a bit leaner on the palate, as the wine has some dusty tannins. Opened a bit with some air to show more ripe red fruit. Hold 1-2 years.
Workmanlike Pinot for the price. It lacks the elegance that wine of this provenance should exhibit. Pure, but muted, Pinot nose. Lots of tasty red fruit and plenty of acid. But the wine lacks length, and the finish is awkward. Short, bitter tannins. Opened this bottle to decide wether to buy in for more. I have decided that two is enough.
Popped 2 hours before first pour, consumed over 4 hours. Nose: Medium-plus expressiveness, high toned ripe red fruit, Asian spice, cinnamon, and metallics. Palate: Medium-full bodied, good acid, spicy red fruit and minerals. Finish: Medium length sense of red fruit and white chocolate.
Aerate to decanter, and per previous experience, let sit for five hours before T-day dinner. Experience very similar to my note of July 4, although the bouquet was more expressive than before with dark sweet cherries, strawberries, and cola. Dark rich fruit with cola and spice on the palate almost veers away from pinot land. Excellent flavors, but there is not a lot of depth, and the acid seems low. As before I'm noticing alcohol in the fairly short finish. This stood more on its own rather than pairing well with the various traditional fixings of Thanksgiving. Squarely B+ and suffered in comparison to the '05 Puig Parahy 1878 Carinyana consumed at the same time. No regrets at 20, but one bottle left and it will be gone by the new year, which is fine with me.
Needed about an hour to open up to beautiful cherry, earth, hints of poop, and a beautifully balanced structure. This could probably age another 3-4 years comfortably, but no reason not to start drinking now.
I think there might be too much hate on this since it's being advertised as a knock-your-socks-off pinot that got dual 94 point ratings (albeit one is from Wine & Spirits). Its definitely not 94 points but its also better than mid to high 80s which seems to be what some posters are giving it. It needs to breath and then strawberry and cola really start to come out. Its bit hot but not in a bad way. I really enjoyed it after a couple of hours and saved a glass for day two which was really enjoyable. Give it time and you will be rewarded.
Meh. Almost any supermarket Pinot Noir in the $30 will give you this flavor profile. Given I paid $20 for it makes me feel pretty good but it's not a wine I would seek out even at $20. It's a earthy wine with decent fruit but it has kinda plastic undertone that is typical of mass production wines.
Quite a comedown after the 1er cru Burgundies we have opened in recent days. Rich, glass-staining red. Popped, aerated, poured. Initially yielded up a nose of...not much! A half hour or so later, a slight hint of berry fruit on the nose, but this was swamped by Sterno-like intensity from the alcohol. That incredible heat, and in-your-face tannins, marred the fruit taste (found it quite the opposite of fruit forward) and failed to smooth out even on day two. Conclusion from partner as he discreetly poured his glass down the sink: needs more time in the cellar. We shall see...
A nice example of a Cali Pinot. More fruit forward than burgundy, but it's supposed to be. Bright red fruit, some celery stick, black pepper. Good at $20, but no more than that. The alcohol gets a little aggressive on the finish. Drinking this with dinner tonight so I will update if this evolves any. The heat from the alcohol dies off after a few hours of air, gets smoother also.
I also acquired this off the WL banner sale. At $20 I am happy to own this wine, however I would be dissapoionted paying $30+. It has a lot going for it in the aromatics category with lots of red fruit and a back end of herbaciousness. I tasted it immediately after opening and the inital attack on the palate was extremely fruit forward. Not what I was looking for. The mid-palate relaxed on the fruit and the finish was a bit short. It did not bring the thunder....at first. A couple hours later it evolved into something much more Burgundian. The intial fruity attack vanished and the wine evolved into something more delicate and balanced. Still, it is a bit short on the finish and light overall. I prefer that to a sugarfied fruit-bomb pinot any day, but I still would have appreciated a bit more complexity out this wine.
Was advised by WL sales associate that this is "even better the next day", so I vinturi-decanted in the morning and we consumed it about 10 hours later. Color ruby with some magenta and black tones, medium-light body. Bouquet of bright strawberries, cherries, cola, green stems. First taste after a couple hours air, the fruit is darker than the nose, with cherries, black raspberries, cola, and bits of spice. Medium acid and medium-plus tannins are quite firm despite a few years age, and there is some alcohol sticking out in the finish as noted by other reviewers. Eight hours later as we're relaxing before the light show, this is still quite tight and not showing me the fireworks. If anything, the bouquet is virtually gone. Overall excellent, but not a 94 at this stage as the WE and WineSpirits scores suggest. $20 paid seems about right. Next in 2-3 yrs.
there seem to be two entries for this wine, so this is a duplicate of my other entry. ---- 6/30/2011 rated 86 points: Where is the thunder? Sorry it's not here. Picked this up today on the WL big banner ad and grabbed it on the way home. Sadly, this does not come close to the WL big banner for the Zepaltas Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast earlier this year which was a total knock out for the same $20. This Marimar is thin, uninteresting and does not open up with the floral/fruit of the Zepaltas. Two bottles is more than enough. (30 views)
Quite nice: cherry cola, dark berry, loamy earth, maybe a little nutmeg. Moderate acidity: I'd prefer a touch more, but this walks that line where it's a good food foil (worked, on different nights, with both sushi and pulled pork) while also mellow enough to be enjoyed solo.
This is a very good Pinot - it is still a Pinot so a light, easy drinking wine - but it has a great balance of earth, fruit and acid. Perfect glass for starting off a night - easy to drink on its own. It actually has enough acidity to stand up to some food as well.
I was pleasantly surprised by this on and SWMBO is a big fan.
I love a wine that evolves in the glass and this certainly does. It goes through fruity, spicy, and earthy phases throughout the night and has a wonderful mouthfeel throughout. A great bottle of pinot.
Seems like I mightve not let this sit long enough after travel, only about 14 days, as its a bit closed and reduced on the nose. The palate is much more expressive, with a darker presence to its fruit than I usually find with the good level of pinot acidity that this has. Also features some good cola and italian spice notes for a solid wine. I'll check back in a couple months to see if some more rest was all this needed, as at $25 this would be about fair for price, despite being billed as a bargain to me. Good wine though.
On the plate I got big cherries and sour cherries, cola, leather and a earthiness with some smokey oak tannins. The acidity was well balanced. I liked the how the fruit was balanced with the leather and earthy flavors. It had good complexity and and structure. It is a A-/A wine.