Deliciousness Factor : C Refinements Smell : 0 (Earthy) Depth of Flavour : + (Earthy with lots of tobacco and some plum) Mouth Feel : + (round with a slight bit of dryness) Finish : 0 Value : + (pretty good for < $20)
Overall : B+
Scoring Factors Description Deliciousness Factor The is the base score for the wine, puts the score in a range Score of 1, 2 or 3 1 - Doesn't leave me wanting more (base score: D) 2 - Decent (base score: C) 3 - Why is the bottle empty already (base score: B+)
Refinements These are sub-factors which skew the score one way or another. Each factor is again a 3 point scale: -1 : Didn't like 0 : No strong feeling or Don't remember +1 : Liked
Each refinement can move the overall score by 1 position (ie, from a B+ to a A or a D to D-)
So if a wine has an overall deliciousness of a B+, but was too expensive for what I thought I got, then it would be a B Smell Depth of Flavour Mouth Feel Finish Value yes, value. If I know the cost value always comes into play. If I don't know the cost this doesn't change the score.
Deep red robe with some age showing in the rim. Complex nose, developing. Spicey ripe complex dense fruit palate with lovely long finish. Tannins are pleasingly present and acid balance is terrific. Superb value at $20 cdn.
Friends brought this bottle over for dinner and we served this wine with pasta with lamb shanks and peppers, onions, and mushrooms. For an affordable Pinot, this is a real nice Pinot (I believe CostCo sells this bottle for about $18/bottle). The nose is mostly smoke and earth, with typical California Central Coast tasting notes (pepper, red berries and cherries, with a hint of oak and earth). This is a medium-bodied red (I'm assuming most of the berries were sourced from central-to-northern Califnornia) that exhibits typical California Pinot traits (earth, red fruit, pepper, etc.). For an affordable Pinot, this wine has decent depth and complexity, with darker-than-normal color, fairly deep, dark, complex flavor notes (lots of Central California "dirt" in the bottle), with decent acidity, smoothness, and finish. If this bottle does indeed sell for $16 to $18-ish/bottle, this is a wonderful bargain.
Popped and poured. Ruby/crimson color. Smell: light with cherries, wood pellets, and a faint alcohol scent. Taste: smooth with strong red fruit at the front, a weak and uninteresting middle palate, and earthy, biting back palate. The wine moves from smooth to edgy with very few tanins. Probably would not age well. A nice wine, but I would not go out of my way for another bottle.
Translucent ruby red.Chery and red raspberry on the nose, along with some mild funk. Light bodied Pinot with more raspberry and strawberry on the palate. Decent for under $20, but I don't believe that this is 100% Pinot. I'm thinking a little Syrah was added.
What can I say. I'm a Sonoma Coast Pinot girl and I thought this was a classic, affordable SC PN. Aromas of raspberries, earth, rocks. Flavors that were far meatier than the flavors suggest, with berry and cherry fruit. A bit flat-footed in the midpalate at present, but should resolve with some more time in the bottle. Nice earthy and clove finish.
Lots of red candied Cherry & vanilla on opening, sweet and a little cloying -got much better overnight as the fruit settled down &more cola and dark chocolate notes are now present. give this a year or 2 to settle down. Not bad for the price of admission.
MacMurray Ranch produced one of their better Pinot Noir's in 2006, with this 2007 lacking a little behind. Medium-bodied, meaty and slightly richer, the Sonoma Coast, as opposed to Central Coast, reveals more red fruit notes and primary flavors of black cherry, raspberry and earthy, wet Fall leaves. Light oak, vanilla and subtle spice help to round out the finish.
Dark garnet color and a nose on opening that was a tad rustic and showing some ripe dark fruit nuances with a light backing of earthy components. Firm entry and again that sense of rusticness that did resolve a bit over time showing a little more texture and personality with time...a nice rare and grilled tuna steak did help this wine...more than the wine helped the tuna.
Tasted at the opera, by the glass. Nice pinot, leather, fruit and a little pepper on the finish. The nose was pure fruit. Looking up the prices online in a store for a bottle...I'd be kinda dissapointed. There are pleanty of other wines (mostly not Pinot Noir) at the price point that are much nicer.