Silverdale, WA 13.5% alc. (Purchased on 10/22/13)
Apparently from Trinchero Family Estates (Sutter Home producers), Jargon PN sells at regular retail for around $10 and reminds me of some of the CA Castle Rock Pinots I’ve had.
Clear, fairly deep ruby color. (Whenever I make a comment about the color of Pinot Noir, I instantly think of Seedboy who has on many occasions reminded us that color is of little concern to him with PN. And I tend to agree because I’ve made Pinot Noir and it’s one of the most fickle grapes in terms of extracting color during fermentation.) This one has the typically varietal Pinot nose with plenty of fruity black cherry. In the mouth it’s all red fruit with sweet Bing and tart pie cherry blended nicely…as well as lively raspberries. Acidity is great…tangy but not overly so. Loaded with fresh fruit flavors and very restrained oak. I’m getting none of the skunky, mushroomy qualities of a more complex PN or French Burgundy, but we’re talking four bucks for Pinot here folks…not $25-$50. Fairly long, flavorful finish. For me…this wine is an excellent value, even with the corny name. And that may explain why it’s been flying off the shelves at my local GO. If there’s any left, I’ll grab a few more.