Napa Valley, CA; 14.5% ABV
$8 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 30 Sept
Although I was wary that a Pinot Noir from Napa Valley would not be the style of Pinot I like, I thought I’d give it a try anyway. Although it is indeed not in my preferred style, it’s pretty good for the money and will almost certainly improve with age.
When I first opened it, it was definitely the kind if Pinot I hate: simple, thick, red cherry candy. However, after about 2:45 to 3 hours in a decanter and glass, it had become less offensively candy-like, and had developed some complexity of raspberry, plum, and maybe a little spice / earth. It’s still very ripe and full-bodied — far from the delicate and ethereal Pinot I prefer — but I could see how some folks could like it and how it could improve with age.
A couple days later, the saved half bottle (stoppered with very little air) was definitely better, showing dark red cherry / plum, with some darker spice, and no offensive candy-like character. It’s still quite ripe and heavy, and although I suspect I’d like it better with a few years of age, I bet it will never be a Pinot I’d be all that fond of. Weak Thumbs Up.