Spelletich 2012 Pinot Noir Reserve

Elkhorn Peak Vineyard, Napa Valley, CA; 14.0% ABV
$9 at the Richmond, CA, store on 15 July

Spelletich_2012_PinotNoirReserveThis bottle looked very interesting at first sight.  The wine inside the bottle is indeed excellent for the price.

The wine is pretty good after being decanted about an hour, but continues to improve.  At two hours, the wine shows a complex nose of dark red and black cherry, perhaps slight plum, orange peel, vanilla, and wood / spice.  There’s more of that on the palate, in very nice balance.  Despite the slight viscosity of the ripe fruit, the nearly-zingy raspberry acid on the finish helps the wine go well with food.

The next day, the saved single-glass, screwcap bottle was at first more dark and rich, but still basically the same.  However, it also became a little more acid, with the plum jam aspect becoming more like dried salt plum, but still very good.  While this wine is not at all over the hill, you probably shouldn’t wait another year to drink it, and there’s certainly no need to.

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7 thoughts on “Spelletich 2012 Pinot Noir Reserve

  1. Mike Beltran

    The real question is does it taste like Pinot Noir??? Pinot is a soft and rounded wine with subtle flavors and aromas. If it is not true to type why buy it? Even if it is $10 it is not a good deal if it does not represent the varietal. I agree with the response from above.

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  2. Zoel

    Grabbed a bottle of the ’12 Spelletich PN Reserve from Petaluma…first, odd bottle – its in a deep-punted Cab bottle with very expensive printing on the front…usually reserved for $60+ bottles.
    Upon pouring, dark indeed, without much of the floral bouquet I associate with Napa PN. First several tastes make you wonder Pinot? But yes, it does have the varietal character, and is a tasty wine – but not a typical Pinot. More like a PN grown/made for big Cab fans.

    I know the house/winemaker style and appreciate it in their other wines…never shy or subtle, and this bottling fits that to a “t”. Good comment from Seedboy re: terrior – probably grown in a challenged locale (Elkhorn Peak Vineyards, Napa – looks to be east of town of Napa) I enjoyed it for what it is – a most interesting PN, well made and full of flavors, just not what one expects from the grape. I’ll give it an 89 overall.

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  3. Seedboy

    I’ve only seen this wine in Richmond. Oakland is having inventory this week so that affects what goes onto the floor. Berkeley is irregularly stocked. This could be in both of their back roooms. That said it tastes to me like a pinot grown in a location where the grape ought not be grown. Too ripe. I might well buy it for $5 but not $9

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    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Hi Tom and welcome! Unfortunately, I have no idea why different wines show up at different stores. I stopped in a the Oakland store yesterday, and I didn’t see this wine there, either. Knowing how fast wines can move there, it might have already come and gone.

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      1. Seedboy

        i doubt it has been there. I go to that store twice a week, stuff at that price point moves slowly, and no one mentioned it to me.

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        1. JoelA

          Essentially I concur with BW on this one but I also agree with SB that it’s overripe. Looking at the winery’s website (which doesn’t list this wine) my impression is that they want to produce wines of relatively high alcohol using very long (3-4 years) barrel aging, which sometimes works very well with very ripe grapes, but other times results in too much wood flavoring.

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