Produced and Bottled by Inconceivable Wines, San Luis Obispo, CA; 13.8% ABV
Santa Barbara County, CA
$5.99 at the San Diego (Mira Mesa), CA, store on 4 November
With such a great community keeping the forums going through 2018, we cannot let the Fall Wine Sale go by without some type of review. As I browsed the very Pinot-heavy selection at Mira Mesa yesterday for the first time, the wine guy Hector recommended I look past the funny (and fun) label and try this Pinot, so try it I did.
This is cooler climate Pinot through and through from the nose to its taste. But it’s very much on the tart side and its pH at bottling was 3.6 so that might contribute to things. I don’t agree that it is medium body. I find it very lightly bodied with flavors of cherry sweet tart, cranberry and a touch of earthiness. You really need to swish this around to get the fruit to come out. That’s more work than I think I should have to put in, and this wine never really comes together fully for me. At $4.80 after the 20% off, I can’t complain, but I wouldn’t rank it up there with the better Pinot values over the years. If this type of Pinot fits your fancy, go for it, but it really comes off as quite sour as well, so it gets a solid drinkable from me.
For those who attach value to scoring (and we all know the studies that debunk most of its usefulness), Wine.com (which I generally think overscores everything) gave this wine an 87 which I think is about 2-3 points higher than it should get. Then again, where can you get a decent, drinkable Pinot under $5 reliably?
If you want a fun label to bring from Thanksgiving, try this one out but there’s not a lot of complexity or nice fruit coming out.