Van Ruiten Family Vineyards
14.5 % ABV
Purchased @ Salem, OR 10-9-2014
I wanted to start this review with “we liked this wine”. I thought I’d mention that first because secondly I’d like to point out that it’s absolutely nothing like what I’d consider a standard Pinot Noir. Please look at the description because if you love traditional Pinot Noir, you may not find this as pleasing as we did. As a side, we too love traditional Pinot Noir…among other things, but I do want to emphasize this wine is nothing like what I’d call “traditional or standard”.
Upon opening, we were really overwhelmed (in a good way) with the fragrance of fresh raspberries. It offered a very inviting bouquet. JoelA reviewed it in Guest contributions previously and mentioned it’s “musty nose & velvety texture”. While we didn’t get the “musty nose” we certainly noticed the very glycerin-like body of this wine, giving it what I’d call a medium-body, quite unlike the normal lighter bodied Pinot Noir that I’m more used to.
If I’d tasted this in a blind test, I’d have guessed it was a blend of Syrah and Merlot. Syrah because of the spiciness (cinnamon and a hint of clove was evident in the taste) and Merlot for the medium mouthfeel and silky richness.
It was quite fruit forward (think raspberry and cherry cola) bordering on lightly sweet. Yet, it was incredibly tasty. JoelA did mention that the alcohol heat was evident and I completely agree. It was a lot warmer than I expected for a Pinot Noir.
I’m giving it a thumbs up simply for the taste (and I will be buying more if it is still available). It was quite an enjoyable wine, even if I wouldn’t have known it was a Pinot Noir.