Clarksburg (on the Sacramento River, elevation 10 feet), Yolo County, CA; 13.5% ABV
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 22 Feb
When I saw this in the order guide (with very limited information about it), it struck me as an unusual Pinot Noir, which might or might not have been any good. I ordered some hoping it would be good, and indeed it is!
When I first read the back label and found out it’s from the Sacramento River Delta area, that didn’t seem very promising. But since I had ordered it, I thought I should try one. I was immediately rewarded on first pour, when it was tasty but seemed likely to get better. There was no magical “airing time” for this one, but it has developed nicely over three hours of air. It tastes of sweetly ripe red and black cherries, earthy Pinot funk, root beer, dried orange peel, a slightly stemmy herbal quality, and mild supporting oak. The texture is somewhat thicker for a Pinot Noir, but it still has the subtlety I like. Unless you prefer Pinot Noir on the tart or structured side, this is very good for the price. I’d guess that the next day, it would still be good to drink but not as rich and tasty, but I will update this if that’s not the case.