Produced & Bottled by: Harding Estates, Healdsburg, CA
Purchased: Corvallis OR GO 4-16-2015
I looked online for this wine, and after two re-directs to another Napa Valley Pinot noir, gave up. The website on the bottle is: http://www.chateaud.com/All-Wines/Shop-Categories but this wine isn’t listed there.
To me, this is a typical, fruit forward, alcohol heavy, California Pinot Noir.
Is that bad? No, not if you like that style. I don’t mind it on occasion.
Color: Ruby red
Fragrance: Black cherry jam, plum
Taste: Very fruit forward (plum, black cherry), somewhat jammy without having a super heavy body; there is a bit of dryness (possibly caused by the high alcohol content) which balances out the jammy fruit, a bit. You definitely taste the “alcohol heat”.
Not a very dimensional wine IMO and rather high-priced for a GO offering. On the other hand, it’s easily drinkable. Not offensive…not too jammy, yes fruity but not too sweet; sweeter than my normal favorites though. No bell pepper (bonus). No earth, tobacco or leather either…I was hoping for at least one of the last three to balance out the fruit.
It has got a heavier body than its Oregon counterparts, but not as heavy (and definitely not glycerin-like) as that Steamboat Pinot Noir that came through last year however its high alcohol content and jammy-ness reminded me of it a bit.
If you are looking for nuances, this probably isn’t your wine. If you are looking for an easy quaff for bbq pairing, give it a go.