Cherry Pie Pinot Noir
Stanly Ranch, Napa Valley, California
Every time I think of cherry pie, I think of the Rock hit by Warrant. I can't help it. It gets stuck in your head. Not that it has anything to do with this elegant wine, though.
But this, this is the review of the Cherry Pie wine, a Pinot Noir from winemaker Jayson Woodbridge. Not quite the same as a song by Warrant. Not at all.
Layer Cake Pinot Noir
Pure Love Wines
I find Pinot Noir to be one of the more interesting wine varietals. I think it's because of the huge variance it can have in tastes, much more so than many other wine types. I'm not saying that's a good or bad thing, it just is what it is. I've heard this is because it's a difficult grape to work with.
Speaking of Pinot Noir, for today's review we have the 2010 Pinot Noir from Layer Cake...
Beringer Pinot Noir
I find Beringer interesting. Not so much for their wine, itself, but rather the huge variety they have within the wine they produce. They make several bottles under $10 and several costing $200+ a bottle, with many, many bottles in between. There are not very many wineries than can claim such a feat.
2009 Jacob's Creek Reserve
Origin: South Australia
Pinot Noir is an interesting grape variety. It is extremely difficult to grow and tricky to get consistent results from. Its flavors can vary greatly, giving many Pinot Noir wines a whole host of flavors and nuances that other wines just don't exhibit, including everything from a sublime elegant fruitiness, to a barnyard funk in others.
It pours a dark garnet and has aromas of strawberry jam and subdued cranberries. It had a light-to-medium body, typically of Pinot Noir. On the palette, I get dry plum, black cherry, hints of spice, a touch of oak, and a savory, earthy finish. The tannins are present, but fairly light.
This is a solid, savory and earthy Pinot Noir which would fit well with duck or some lighter game dishes.
Drink This: if you want a quality Pinot Noir on the savory, earthy side of things. It's only around $13, making it a great value and perfect for when the mood strikes for a dry, savory red.
Don't Drink This: if you are looking for a sweeter, red wine.