Staff Wine Review – GoodCheapBooze.com
Good Booze. Close Call Pinot.
The Monterrey region of California produces some nice wine. This one is modest, but with a bit of time outside the bottle, not too much mind you, it becomes pretty decent. Under $10, it has some character and become approachable. But this one is on the edge for us.
Castle Rock Pinot Noir Reserve
Price Paid – $9.49
Date Reviewed – 10/1517
Where Purchased – Trader Joe’s
Varietal or Type – Pinot Noir
Vintage Year – 2014
Appellation – Kristy Vineyard, Monterrey County, California
Winery/Brand – Castle Rock Winery
Bottle Size – 750 ML
Alcohol – 13.5%
Cork? – Composition
Pour it and taste – Bit of the “Burgundy nose.” Soft cherry and oak flavors. Slight tannic finish.
Aerator – Skipped for Pinot Noirs
Decanter – Only a hint of the “nose.” Some cherry, smoother finish.
Overall – OK, simple Pinot after 30+ minutes in the decanter. Not a lot of fruit so it needs to be enjoyed, rapidly after that.
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