2012 Harrington Pinot Noir Wiley Vineyard, Anderson Valley, CA
$7.99 @ Lebanon, OR Sept. 29th 2014
Produced and bottled by: Harrington Wines
The wine poured clear, a very dark burgundy color; darker again than the Pinot Noir I’m used to. I had only poured a little bit before I noticed large pieces of sediment in the glass. This surprised me in a 2012 so I stopped pouring, cleaned the glass and put the Nuance Wine Finer in the bottle. The rest of the wine poured without sediment, using the Nuance.
The fragrance was pleasant, very sweet on the nose. I detected dark fruit and a bit of a coniferous forest scent. Unfortunately, that’s where things stopped being pleasant. As with the Terrane Pinot Noir 2011 (from the same producer & vineyard) that I previously reviewed, this wine had spritz. Nowhere near as marked (in that this wine visually was not clouded by the bubbles) but there was significant effervescence in the taste. The initial sip gave off flavors of black raspberry, black currant and acacia…but it was so fleeting before it moved to a fizzy cola taste that we found it undrinkable.
If this fizz is a result of a stylistic approach to wine and not a flaw (since this is a completely different vintage and wine line from the Terrane) it is not at all to my taste. I lean toward it being flawed though; in my estimation. The taste went from heavily sweet to tart verging on sour just in the time that the wine moved over the tongue. Overall, I’m sorry to say, it was disappointing. I wanted to like this wine. I love the area. I usually very much like the wines from that region.