Silverdale, WA 14% alc. (Purchased on 7/3/14)
Mostly clear, dark ruby and on the darker end of the color spectrum for Pinot Noir. Nose shows dark Bing cherry, cinnamon and a sort of stereotypical California-type PN color and aroma profile. In the mouth it’s initially somewhat hot from the slightly elevated alcohol. But the flavors are undeniably Pinot and the extract is more pronounced than I think I was expecting from a Pinot from Argentina. Not sure why I thought that though because I believe the climate can get pretty warm in the Mendoza region, which would produce more extracted, concentrated reds.
The flavors show fairly intense black cherry with the faintest hint of stemminess and more cinnamon followed by a slight bitterness in the long, flavorful finish. There’s a pretty hefty amount of tannin here and the acidity is just right for me. For five bucks this is a pretty decent Pinot, unless you’re into the more subtle, restrained lighter styles of the grape. And I suspect it would benefit from a few years in the cellar. Screwtop too…I like it! bin5 reviewed the 2009 Chardonnay from this producer here.