Pinot Month 6-pack Sampler #1 - Intro to Pinot Noir
$105 Value For Just $82!
There's lots of popular wines out there labeled Pinot Noir that may be tasty wines, but don't really express the true nature of the grape. These 6 different Pinot Noirs from around the world are true to both their regional terroir and the beautiful elegance that is Pinot Noir.
Included in the Sampler (1 bottle each):
Maison Albert (Southern France) - Jean-Claude Albert and his family bought the estate in 2004, which had abandoned for over a century and rehabilitated the vineyards using only organic and biodynamic farming techniques. The estate is located in the South of France, in the La Clape uplands in the heart of Languedoc, between Narbonne and the Mediterranean. The family goes well beyond the basic prerequisites for organic certification requirements, reverting to ancient farming wisdom and using cutting edge technology at the same time.
Textbook French style with a nose of fresh, red cherry and raspberry notes. The palate sees those red fruits come through with with notes of raspberries, cherries, and strawberries and a silky texture with smooth tannins subtle earthy undertones.
Noah River Wines (Central California) - For 4 years running, the Noah River has been our best selling Pinot Noir and the recently released 2020 vintage may be their best yet. A magician with Pinot Noir, Jamey Whetstone (whose own Pinots at Whetstone Wine Cellars sell for $85-175) crafts the Noah River Pinot for his childhood pal Henri Gabriel at Advintage Distributing and it's downright sinful how good and inexpensive this stuff is. A fuller bodied style of Pinot that still manages to hold on to the subtle elegance and ethereal grace that is Pinot, it has Alluring and intoxicating aromas of vibrant black cherry, pomegranate, cardamom, steel, savory garrigue undertones. Perfumed with black cracked peppercorn, deep rose, dark chocolate powder, kirsch and sandalwood. Beautiful and vibrant, fresh layers of sultry fresh blueberry, rich dark plum skin, cinnamon with a savory underbrush.
Pampas Grass (Argentina) - The hotter regions of Argentina's Mendoza district may have made the country a famous winemaking region for its amazing Malbecs, but the cool, high altitude vineyards of the Patagonia district are perfect for Pinot Noir. This fantastic value Pinot Noir is simply a yummy wine that smells of strawberry, violet, and bright berry. The flavors follow suit with strawberry candy, raspberry, and red cherry. Soft acidity and light tannins make this wine an easier drinker that can be enjoyed at any time.
King Estate "Inscription" (Willamette Valley, Oregon) - Established in 1991, King Estate is one of Oregon's most respected and important wineries. Longtime practitioners or sustainable farming, they became certified Biodynamic in 2016 and are now Oregon's largest farmers of Biodynamic vineyards. This relatively new label from King Estate is sources from vineyards throughout the Valley and paints a beautiful picture of everything that an Oregon Pinot should be. A deep ruby color in the glass, the wine greets the nose with fruit aromas of raspberry, black plum and currant, with violet, orange peel, cedar, leather and forest floor. Flavors of dark fruit – black cherry, plum and currant – are up front on the palate are joined by essential Oregon elements of bramble and cedar with some tobacco and Shitakii mushroom texture. This is a bold wine with full fruit, balanced acidity and smooth tannins ending with a long, lingering finish boasting big fruit and spicy, toasty oak.
Matthew Fritz "Santa Lucia Highlands" (California) - The Santa Lucia Highlands is a special place for California Pinot Noir. While further south than Napa and Sonoma, the cool breezes off Monterrey Bay keep the mountainous vineyards cool at night while they enjoy plenty of heat and sunshine after the morning fog blows away. This yields Pinots that combine the deep, ripe fruit notes of other Cali Pinot regions with the bright acidity and earthy undertones of Oregon Pinots. For many Pinot Noir lovers this region has become a favorite and prices have increased dramatically the last few years, and we challenge you to find a better SLH (Santa Lucia Highlands) Pinot Noir for $15!
The the gorgeous and sultry MF Pinot is a medium ruby color with aromas of violets, clove, and fresh dark cherries. The palate is just what you would expect from the nose... elegant, textured and filled with ripe raspberry and cherry flavors with hints of mushroom and black tea. The finish has mouthwatering acidity and medium tannin.
Mud House (New Zealand) - Marlborough has emerged as the top spot for Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand and they produce some pretty good Pinot Noir there too. Our favorite spot though for NZ Pinot is Central Otago. Fresh, succulent raspberry and maraschino cherry flavors are smooth, plump and juicy, with cedar, chai tea, tobacco and clove details that linger effortlessly on the finish.
6 x 750ml