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2009 Sterling Vineyards Pinot Noir Cellar Club Oak Knoll District

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oak Knoll District

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  • Illaheman wrote:

    February 26, 2011 - OK…this is a what wine geeks call a quaffer. This is a wine value that merits consideration for a case buy. This Sterling Pinot gives you a brand that will probably impress those who might care, and, a price that makes easy the decision to hold some in inventory. This is a cellar club selection, allegedly retailing for about $32.

    A case of this provides a very respectable cache of universally acceptable, inexpensive, food friendly wine. Something just right for most any crowd. ..

    So.. don’t buy this if you are choosing representatives for a knock down comparison of all Oregon, or all California….it just isn’t that complicated a wine. Think of this as a guilt free reason to crack open a second bottle for the night, or to drop a bottle off with a friend.

    This is a value competitor. Think about trying this for $5.99 and give it a comparison to region value leaders, 2009 OReilly’s Pinot Noir, or maybe even a stalwart like the 2009 St. Innocent Village Cuvee. You’ll find little reason to spend at least three times the fare for an entry-level Oregon. You don’t get barnyard nose, forest floor or any of the usual adjectives for Oregon Pinots…but for the money…quit worrying.

    A whopping 14.6% alcohol. So I opened it expecting BIG! Instead, it offers great fruit forward flavors, some thoughtful complexity, a little vanilla from a very light oak treatment…balanced across the palate and no harsh edges..pretty tasty. If it was Oregon, I would have guessed Dijon clone, Eola Amity fruit.

    Most importantly, this doesn’t give you that very strange soda pop flavor that leaves you wanting for a complete wine. Competitors like Yellowtail and others that play in this price point need not come to the table, there are VERY few Pinots in this price-point and none I have tried who compare to this QPR!.


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