By way of background, opening thoughts: I've enjoyed some of the Concannon blends a great deal in the past. Today I'll be sampling a purebred pinot noir.
Original tasting and review : This is Concannon Pinot Noir, California, 2010, finished at 13.% alcohol.
In the glass: Light red throughout, not a hint of opaqueness.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, subtle, violet fruit, mingling with oak. From the aroma, seems like this will be surprisingly distinct and subtle in its tones.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact balanced, friendly and gently fruity, showing, in fact, less pinot noir in its style and more like a gracious syrah. Purples and violets about, with very light tannins and a simple, clean finish.
In summary: Overall, rates two stars with a lus for its easy accessibility on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. Good value for a pinot noir at its preposterously affordable price point.
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