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As with all varietals, Pinot Noir is available at bottle prices from very low to extraordinarily high. This Saturday we will taste our way from the low end to the more comfortable mid-range. We will rein in at the $30.00 level. Of course, it is possible to pay the equivalent of a used Audi in France for a bottle of DOC Burgundy. While the Pinot Noir grape is widely considered to produce some of the finest wine in the world, it is notoriously the most difficult varietal to cultivate and to transform into wine. It simply cannot handle harsh weather or other difficult growing conditions the way most other varietals are able do so. Here’s André Tchelistcheff’s take on the matter: “God made Cabernet Sauvignon whereas the devil made Pinot noir.” Generally speaking, you get what you pay for in Pinot Noir, but here you can be the judge.
Tisdale Pinot Noir, California
LIST PRICE 3.50; OUR PRICE 2.99
Opinions on this wine are all over the board: “This wine has fresh red fruit flavors of cherries and red plum; it is medium bodied with soft tannins and a hint of brown spice.” “Tisdale is one of Gallo’s brands…one of the best buys in the wine market today. There is no wine I know of sold for $4/bottle that comes close to any of the Tisdale releases: Cabernet, Syrah, Merlot or Pinot. To buy a drinkable bottle of Pinot for $4 is nothing short of incredible!” On the other hand: “Barely drinkable, even if chilled. Not suitable for the first drink of the night. Best served to drive guests to signal the end of festivities.” This is like your 2-buck Chuck; it depends on which batch of high production you are buying into.
2011 Montpellier Vineyards Pinot Noir, California
LIST PRICE 6.50; OUR PRICE 4.99
Past vintages of this little wine have actually won Gold Medals. Some of our customers keep coming back for more of this wine. It shows fresh fruit and berry aromas. The palate is rounded with fresh fruit and ends with a smooth finish. The Tasting Panel by Anthony Dias Blue (July) gave the wine an 88-point rating.
2011 Leese-Fitch Pinot Noir, California
LIST PRICE 12.00; OUR PRICE 9.99
Our best selling Pinot Noir is a great compromise between price and quality. This excellent value wine is the handy work of Don Sebastiani and his sons. Scents of black cherry, black raspberry, and cedar mingle with a touch of toast, vanilla, forest floor and cola on the palate, the flavors of cranberry, chocolate, raspberry, ripe cherries and spice combine with its gentle acidity. You will love the “Zork” cork closure.
2010 Brassfield Estate Winery Pinot Noir, Serenity Ranch Vineyard
LIST PRICE 16.00; OUR PRICE 12.99
The 2010 vintage marks the debut of David Ramey as winemaker for Brassfield. Ramey’s wines of balanced expression have made him one of the most renowned and influential winemakers in America today. Bright aromatics of black cherry cola lead to ripe pomegranate and a rich, creamy sensation on the palate.
2007 Kenneth Volk Vineyards Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Cuvée
LIST PRICE 23.00; OUR PRICE 19.99
Grapes from the Bien Nacido, Garey Ranch, Nielson, Sierra Madre and Solomon Hill vineyards were used in the production of this wine. The resulting blend displays aromas of spice and ripe berry proceeding to flavors of cherry, blueberry and strawberry. Bright acidity and fine grain tannins are complimented by a long creamy lactic finish.
2009 Etude Wines Pinot Noir, Carneros
LIST PRICE 35.00; OUR PRICE 29.99
The 2009 Carneros offers aromas of black cherry and spice that are lifted by a concentrated fresh fruit core. Consistent with the nose, the palate also demonstrates the qualities of a well balanced Pinot Noir: refined tannins, bright acidity, a generous mouthfeel and a lingering finish. Due to the cool conditions of 2009 vintage, this wine offers an exceptional fresh acidic structure and fruit balance, which furthers its Burgundian like qualities.