2005 ANGELINE PINOT NOIR FROM MENDOCINO COUNTY





Tues-Wed, 6/11-12, Little Rock, AR
I bought this with some trepidation as I had tried their Chardonnay offering and was very disappointed which my review revealed. At $13.76/bottle I had to give the 2005 Angeline Pinot Noir from Mendocino County a try. If you read my reviews in the past you know that I'm always on the prowl for a Pinot Noir under $20 that is actually drinkable. I've had some success in finding a few but have been disappointed in several under the $20 price point. #1 and I reviewed this over a two-day period as it presented itself so well on day 1 and I wanted to see if it would be as good the second day. It was! When I poured this one I was greeted with a mid-to-dark, ruby red colored wine in the glass. Not so dark that it reminded me of a cabernet, in fact, if you looked into the glass from the top you could see your hand holding the stem. Nice color none the less. Aromas of blueberry and strawberry, as well as a slight hint of vanilla, greeted my nose. Once I tasted this one I found a little bit of raspberry, more of the blueberry with maybe a little hint of black currant, and a nice mix of oak. The tannin was almost non-existent which is the way I like it and the finish was perfect. This Pinot is a blend of 88% Pinot, 7% Syrah and 5% Merlot. Based on the excellent flavor and value, I gave this one 4Corkscrews. Almost 5Corkscrew-worthy but a wine really needs to have a little something "extra", that is hard to explain, to receive 5. Great wine, however, at a great price point. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!

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