Pinot Noir 2016
Russian River, USA
The Pinot Noir is one of my favourite grapes, if not the most. So I really like to try it from different parts of the world. I fell in love with a Kazakh Pinot Noir slowly sipped in Astana at -30°C; I recently enjoyed a couple of Kiwi ones and I always drink good stuff from Burgundy or North Italy. Walking among the shelves in Whole Foods, this bottle grabbed my attention, so I bought it. It is a 100% Pinot Noir from Russian River (Sonoma County), a region characterized very cool and foggy condition, well renowned also for excellent Chardonnay. The grapes used for this nectar ere hand sorted then fermented in small vats with all punch-downs done by hands. It ages for 10 months in 60 gallon French oak barrels, 19% new oak. Cheers!
In the glass the wine has a lively ruby colour. The intensity is medium.
The aromas intensity is pronounced. It is an explosion red ripe fruits as strawberry and red cheery, with notes of rose, black pepper, liquorice, raisin and sultana. It is quite opulent at the nostrils. As secondary, we have vanilla, cloves, cedar, and just a touch of smoke. In the tertiary, we can smell the development of the fruity notes into dried cranberry and fig. It is really rich.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a medium high level of acidity. The tannins are rounded and pure silk on the palate. The alcohol is high (14.5%) but you don’t feel it at all. The flavour intensity is pronounced and the lasting quite long. Still red fruits, vanilla, dried cranberry but also a touch of eucalyptus, light mint and vegetal notes. It is not boring at all!
It is perfectly balanced, and it has intensity. It lacks a bit of complexity, the tertiaries are not the typical ones found in Bourgogne. Forget the farmyard or gamey flavours, here there are more fruits and floral. Nevertheless I like it, and a lot. It is a gushy wine, perfect to share with your friends and not o drink when you are alone thinking how to change your life!
Final vote: 92
Price: £24.99 at Whole Foods