Red Bicyclette Vin De Pays D'OC 2008 Pinot Noir, $4.50-$10.00, 86 points, begins (we'll get to the controversy later) a light pomegranate red color with a clear rim.
Spicy red raspberry and sweet red cherry lift gently from the glass as a pleasant fragrance.
The somewhat rough medium body has good acidity throughout, but light tannin is almost unnoticeable.
Woody flavors of cherry and plum are good if one dimensional and a bit chalky, but the finish is fair with spice.
Those who like a dry red wine with less alcohol (12.5%) may find this a good change of pace if you can find it.
Okay, Decanter.com reports on charges brought against those responsible in the pinot-noir-red-bicyclette-scandal and Jancis Robinson.com reports on the "Judgment", though Gallo's Susan Hensley says this fraud does not include the 2007 or 2008 Red Bicyclette vintages of their Pinot Noir wines.
As for me, it's all just a tempest in a glass of ice-tea; however, as with counterfeit Bordeaux wines from the East or who knows where, I'm glad that someone is watching what's going on.
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