Sonoma Coast, CA; 14.5% ABV
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 5 Jan
I got this for the low price and the Sonoma Coast designation, one from which I have liked other Pinots Noirs. This one is great. It’s apparently made by some surfer dudes who decided to make Pinot Noir, as you can see in the label. Although I’m glad, I have no idea why this is at the GO.
The nose seems to me slightly off, with a funkiness I don’t quite like. However, on the palate, the bad funk is gone and the wine is fabulous. It’s tasty enough at first pour that I found it tempting to just go for it. However, I thought it was better when it opened up after about 80 minutes in a decanter. Then, it showed lovely red cherry, root beer, earthy dried orange peel, and nice Pinot funk. The medium body is gently viscous and silky, and the flavors are very elegant. Over the next 90 minutes, the fruit became darker red, and still not showing any signs of being too old. This is the most enthusiastic I’ve been about a GO Pinot in a long time. While it doesn’t quite have the complexity of the Cima Collina, it’s more elegant and, in a way, substantial, and really has that CA Pinot wonderfulness.