Rebounding from some not so interesting Cabernet Sauvignon wines, I was determined to change course and restore my joy of wine once again, and Pinot Noir didn't let me down.
LWC (Loring Wine Company) Gary's Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands 2009 Pinot Noir, $33.99-$39.99, 91 points, begins my afternoon with its bright cranberry-plum color, and has this beautiful aroma of gentle, but palpable cedar-cinnamon spice. The flavor is of gentle red fruit with floral hints, bright and lingering. I find Pinot Noir a bit mysterious, like it wants to hide, yet it whispers words of delight that keeps me coming back for more. This is a nice wine, but the price tends to thwart another purchase in the near future.
Siduri Ewald Russian River Valley 2006 Pinot Noir, $25.99-$39.99, 89 points, faces some of the expected cost-factor of many good Pinot Noir Wines. This PN is a bit lighter than the LWC, but the color is very similar, the nose is not as pleasant, but the spice is more noticeable. I sense that this wine is past its peak, having flavors of mushroom and earth with cherry undertones.
Bearboat Russian River 2008 Pinot Noir, $15.29-$17.99, 89 points, is you "Best Buy" PN of the three, this wine is the same color as the LWC (Cranberry-Plum), the aroma is similar, but toned-down, and the flavor is a delicious blend of raspberry and tart red cherry. The finish is a moderately long fruit-spice that continues that delicious factor.
In all these wines the alcohol is well balanced and unnoticeable, carrying the fruit-flavor to the fore. It is no-wonder that so many people have fallen in love with Pinot Noir.
All these PNs paired well with Buffalo-wings and Monterey-Jack Nachos, but not so well with a loaded pizza.