Castle Rock Pinot Noir Reserve

Castle Rock Pinot Noir Reserve

Staff Wine Review –

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.

The Facts

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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