France; 12.3% ABV
$5 at the Oakland, CA, store on 10 Jan
The name and label put me off, the the wine through the bottle had a nice, light red color, so I picked it up on the small chance that it might be a good find. The small chance didn’t pan out.
It’s okay if you like a Pinot in the lighter style, as I do, but the flavors are a little strange. There’s ripe red cherry and, as the back label says, raspberries, but with a slight artificial candy aspect that I dislike, and a small amount of orange peel and herbal bitterness in the finish. It’s tasty from first pour, but airs out over 1:40 to 2 hours to become darker, riper, and more integrated. I guess it’s Drinkable wine, but I didn’t find it very satisfying Pinot Noir.