NV Winery Cat Moxie’s Cuvee’ Red Blend, Willamette Valley, OR $5.99

Silverdale, WA    12% alc.    ( Purchased on 6/18/13)

IMG_1061As regular commentor Seedboy mentioned, this red comes from Oak Knoll Winery (Kopri Inc. on back label).   I could find no indication anywhere of what grape varieties this wine is made of.  But northern Oregon and Oak Knoll suggests strongly that Pinot Noir is the main ingredient.  BTW, the cork in this bottle was seriously dry and broke in half on it’s way out.  Thank God I still keep an ah-so cork puller around for such occasions.

Clear medium ruby/salmon color with a definite orange tinge on this non vintage wine.  Looks perhaps like it could be a blend of older vintages, but doesn’t smell like that.  The nose tends toward fresh, vibrant in-your-face black cherry and raspberry—delightful fruity bouquet that clearly says Pinot Noir to me.  In the mouth it’s juicy at first but then shows a bit too much tannin and bitterness.  This somewhat large dose of palate-coating tannin leads me to believe there’s a fairly sizable amount of something other than Pinot Noir in the bottle.

Overall the wine seems disjointed and out of balance—consequently the fruit flavors are buried.  Acidity is about right, but the tannins are a bit too much for Pinot…and me.  There’s really nothing delicate about this wine at first.  With a couple hours of air time, the black cherry flavors begin to show a little better and perhaps a day or more in the bottle will help even more.  But I’m unwilling to wait…and I’m not altogether comfortable cellaring a non-vintage wine.  Not a repeat buy for me.


5 thoughts on “NV Winery Cat Moxie’s Cuvee’ Red Blend, Willamette Valley, OR $5.99

  1. peteb.

    Thanks for the review — I bought one bottle of this today and I agree with your conclusions. Slight orange tint; cork crumbled upon removal. I did enjoy the Pinot Noir characteristics, which definitely improved after being open a few hours. It was definitely better than the “light, cheap Pinots” we see sometimes, probably due to some older barrels and the blend of ???.

    But the “mystery element” (what else is in it, when was it made?) plus the apparent high risk of cork problems make it not a repeat buy. If it weren’t for the that, I would say it’s a fairly good wine for the price.

    1. lim13 Post author

      Appreciate hearing from you, peteb. Interesting to hear that you had a similar cork issue. Leads me to believe there’s improper storage issues here…like cork rightside up for extended periods.

  2. Erle

    Oak Knoll’s current releases include a syrah, a cab, and a barbera from the Columbia valley. So, they have some blending options with the likely pinot.

    1. jwc

      I saw this and passed here in Portland, while Oak Knoll is a long time pinot producer, and I have enjoyed some of their reserve pinot noirs in the past, along with a decent pinot gris, this held no curiosity or interest. Thanks for testing the water Lim13 & Robert.


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