Monday, April 1, 2013

Updated Review: *** $ Wyatt Pinot Noir, California, 2009 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Wyatt collects grapes for its basic "California" appelation vineyards from unspecified vineyards around the state.  Wyatt Cabernet Sauvignon was a "best value" when we reviewed it here awhile ago.  Today we'll try the pinot noir - a notoriously difficult wine in which to find a bargain.

Original tasting and review , January, 2012: This is Wyatt Pinot Noir, California, 2009, finished at 13.9% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep red with violet overtones.  Beefy looking for pinot noir. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows potent blackberry with some raspberry and strawberry overtones.  From the aroma, seems like this will be pleasantly fruity, though perhaps simple.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact friendly in the mid-palate, bringing a touch of oak along with the solid fruit.  Clean acids bring the fruit to a modest, pleasing finish.

In summary: Overall, friendly and varietally-appropriate experience rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a best value when acquired at attractive pricing - a real surprise for a pinot noir.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Deeper and more interesting layers on the nose.  Remains balanced and friendly on the palate.  

Updated review, over a year later,  March, 2013:  Soft, simple, friendly nose, consistent with the blackberry-based elements noted a year back.  Simple, mid-palate touch, more of raspberries and strawberries than deeper blackberries.  Still pleasant enough, but fails to sing the praises of the always-intriguing pinot noir grape.

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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Wyatt Pinot Noir.

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