Silverdale, WA 14.1% alc. (Purchased on 8/29/14)
I’m following up BargainWhine’s last review with another Pinot Noir. Reader RB didn’t really care for this wine and said, ” The Banshee struck me as kind of odd. Maybe it’s a style of PN that I’m unfamiliar with, but it reminded me of a ruby port, both in the nose and taste. It isn’t for me (though I love a good port), but maybe someone else would go for that… It wasn’t really that the Banshee PN was sweet, more that it seemed dominated by ripe fruit flavors that brought port to mind. Very different from the more austere style that I’m used to.”
I really didn’t find those flavors or that style at all. Here are my notes: Clear medium ruby color. Lots of smoke, black tea and typical black cherry (though somewhat restrained) in the nose with understated Pinot funk in the background. In the mouth it has very nice texture due to moderate, yet firm tannins and fine acidity. The flavors are more tea, smoke, cherry, dried orange peel and earth. A very well-rounded, balanced, lilting and flavorful Pinot Noir. Definitely not the often found rich, ripe, deeply-colored Russian River Valley CA Pinots I’ve purchased from GO lately. I enjoy that style too, but it’s nice to find a lighter Pinot that’s still this tasty. Great with food. I like it a lot. I only wish it was in 750 ml; went to pour another glass and it was gone!