Yaiyla - Pinot Noir 2018


Pinot Noir 2018

Sevastopol, Russia

It is my first lunch in Saint Petersburg at Gogol restaurant. I scrutinize my wine list, and this wine captures my eyes. It is a 100% Pinot Noir from Belbek River Valley. The fermentation of wine took place on wild yeast in small stainless steel tanks, 30% of the grapes were fermented without separating the ridges. Cryo-maceration was performed at a temperature of 6°C in the first 3 days. Then, the wine was aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. No fining agents were used. Wine is stabilized by cold naturally. Za zdarovye!


In the glass the wine has a brilliant ruby colour showing off all its youth. The intensity is medium.


The aromas intensity is medium. There is a fresh perfume of wet red fruits enriched by a sharp secondary note of cloves.


In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity and high tannins. The alcohol is medium (i.e. 12.6%). The flavour intensity is medium plus whit very fresh aromas of redcurrants, strawberry and black pepper. The aromatic palette includes also balsamic notes of eucalyptus and peppermint. At the second glass, charming flavours of vanilla, cedar, cloves and smoke come out. As tertiaries, there is just a fine leather and a hint of meaty. The last of the flavour is medium plus.


The wine is really nice. Sure, it is still young, but it leaves a beautiful astringent sensation on the palate, that it makes this nectar perfect to wash down your soviet meal. It worked perfectly well with salted herring, and a rear venison fillet. Enjoy it now!

Final vote: 90

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