Pampas Grass (Argentina) – This fantastic value Pinot Noir hails from the Patagonia region of Argentina. A simply yummy wine 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.
Reverdy Domaine de la Villaudiere Sancerre Rouge (Loire Valley) - Sancerre may not be quite as obscure as other regions in this 6-pack, but we're pretty sure your average, casual Pinot drinker wouldn't name it in their top 5 places to get great Pinot Noir. This gorgeous Loire Valley Pinot Noir has a deep strong garnet hue with crimson highlights and opens with a bouquet that is a delectable blend of ripe red fruits (blackcurrant, blackberry) earth and spice. The expressive ripe red fruits are elevated by smoky notes of roasted coffee, finishing with a soft, silky texture as the wine opens up with beautiful volume and is full of finesse and elegance.
Mud House (New Zealand) - Long, cool growing season? Yep, that's definitely New Zealand, but most of us think of the island country producing mainly, if not only white wines. There are actually lots of great reds produced in New Zealand and the Central Otago region of the country's South Island is producing some outstanding Pinot Noirs. Our favorite, especially for value is Mud House. 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.
Rhulman (Alsace) - We're heading back to France, but still not to Burgundy! This time we're in the hills of Alsace. As climate change heats things around the globe, many areas that were once known only for white wines are beginning to produce some delicious reds. Especially from varietals like Pinot Noir that prefer long, cool growing seasons. The subtle earthy/spicy graham cracker flavor and texture is what is so unique and delicious with this Pinot from Alsace along with classic notes of cherry cola and raspberry fruit.
Red Tail Ridge (New York) – Unless you frequent the north eastern USA, you may not know how many fantastic wines are made in New York's Finger Lakes wine region. Many of the area's best wines don't see much distribution to the southern and western parts of the country aside from a handful of the larger wineries. Wine enthusiasts often say that great wines are often about "terroir" and that you can tell where a wine is from by its aroma or taste. But what if you haven't had a lot of wines from particular region, how are you supposed to identify where its from without reference points? So we think that it is a great compliment when we say that when we first tried the Red Tail Ridge blind, we guessed that it was from lots of classic Pinot Noir regions and were pleasantly surprised to learn it was from the Finger Lakes. Translucent ruby and garnet in the glass, the first impressions of wet earth and gravel interlaced with a concentrated core of resinous black and red berries. Brown spices. Mouth-filling texture mid-palate with prominent flavors of dried leaves, mineral, earth and brambly raspberries. Fine tannin texture with notes of cranberry and brown spice in the finish.
Rock Point (Rogue Valley) - Rock Point's Pinot Noir is an intriguing compilation crafted by blending various Pinot Noir clones and vineyard blocks from Del Rio's estate vineyards. The captivating aromas of the Rock Point Pinot Noir echo the rich wilderness and beauty of Southern Oregon's Rogue Valley. The nose recalls cedar and pine tree forest, mocha, burnt toast and woodland strawberries. Supple tannins, balanced acidity and toasted oak texture the savory mouthfeel.