Oregon; 12% ABV
$8 at the Oakland, CA, store on 25 March
This light-bodied Pinot Noir seemed okay at first pour, but a bit closed. I thought it needed about 1:40 of air in a decanter to show medium dark red cherry, root beer, orange and an unpleasantly bitter, vegetal component that could be called “raspberry leaf.” While it was acceptably complex and had a nice fruit / acid balance, the fruit seemed to lack sweet ripeness and its components struck me as rather disjointed. Overall, an okay wine, and good with food, but lacking the charm I hope for from a Pinot Noir.
The next day, I liked the saved single-glass screw-cap bottle better. The fruit showed plenty of sweet ripeness, and all the flavors were nicely integrated, with the bitter vegetal aspect becoming more of a tasty balancing flavor in the background. For me, there was still never a “Wow, this is good!” moment, but I do think it’s pretty good Pinot for the money, especially with 20% off during the upcoming sale. It may well improve with a year or two in cool storage.