Saturday, October 6, 2012

Review: **+ $ Magistrate Pinot Noir Limited Production, Sonoma, Califoria, 2010

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Year by year, winemakers contract grapes on a one-time basis, creating labels which come and go.  Sometimes they are remarkable values.  Sometimes they are merely wine created from appropriately-excessed grapes. Sonoma grows some excellent pinot noir, so this Magistrate label holds some hope.

Original tasting and review : This is Magistrate Pinot Noir Limited Production, Sonoma, Califoria, 2010, finished at 13.9% alcohol.

In the glass: Light to medium ruby red.

On the nose: Poured and swirled vigorously, shows soft, peppery and lightly tangy classic pinot fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be balanced buy shy.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft and notably oaked.  Ultimately fades a bit quickly and leaves no closing memories.

In summary: Overall, rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale with a plus for pleasantness.  Interesting given its value price, but rating doesn't bring it to "good value" status.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for bargain Sonoma pinot noirs.

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