Castle Rock 2011 Pinot Noir

Sonoma County, CA; 13.5% ABV
$7 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 4 Jan

CastleRock_2011_PinotNoirI got this with a bit of trepidation that I wouldn’t like it, and while it’s not what I like best in Pinot Noir, it was actually pretty yummy.

I didn’t like that the body is on the heavier side for a Pinot, with ripe, almost jammy fruit of black and darker red cherries, with a little aromatic spice / pleasant funk, and only slight traces of the usual Pinot complexities of orange and herbs.  However, especially with a little time in the glass, the flavors in the soft-textured wine become modestly complex and pretty tasty, prompting a hearty Drinkable.


5 thoughts on “Castle Rock 2011 Pinot Noir

  1. theconnasewer

    In general, Castle Rock produces very decent wines. I have been drinking them over many years and feel they deliver on price and quality. Beyond that it’s personal choice and your pallet. Leave the flowery language to the poets. Drink and be happy.

  2. Russ Winton

    Castle Rock produces several Pinots with SRPs around $11 so sale price is around $7.99-8.99. The GO price of $7 isn’t that much of a deal. The 2012 Mendocino is one that I look for. Finding a decent Pinot for under $10 is next to impossible…any suggestions other than Castle Rock, Mark West, Bogle or Seaglass?

    1. jwc

      Keep shopping GO, it’s hit or miss, but you can regularly find PN’s under $10, and of better quality than the econo producers you mention. Of those IMO the Bogel is the best. Cheers!

    2. Darrell

      I agree with JWC that GO PN can be hit or miss, but I think I have been lucky with more hits than misses with both CA and Oregon PN. In reference to econo producers or negociant wines as I call them, you might look for “produced and bottled by” wines instead. IMO, there is good value in most of GO PN especially if anyone has tried a simple Bourgogne or higher for tens of dollars and have been left wanting. Gee, I could have spent that money on a GO PN and been more satisfied. In addition to the Cima Collina, I still find the Tarkettle PN Sonoma Coast around, but that is at $10.


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