California; 13.5% ABV
bottled by Roblar Winery and Vineyards, Healdsburg, CA
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 14 May
This wine started out by showing a lot of things I like in a Pinot Noir: full-flavored darker red cherry fruit with complexities of orange and dried herbs. However, increasingly as it aired, much of the cherry tasted to me like artificial candy, heading toward cough drop. Since some here liked the 2010 Patassy Pinot Noir, and I disliked it for similar reasons to my dislike for this wine, I’ll venture to say that if you liked the Patassy, you may well like this wine. However, while I could see how the Patassy might improve with age, I would not recommend aging this wine at all. At some moments, it already tastes like it’s heading over the hill. Since I’m probably overly picky about Pinot Noir, and many folks will probably like this, I’ll say Drinkable. However, especially after it had been open 2 to 3 hours, I found it pretty gross.