Thursday, March 20, 2014

Review: ***+ $$$ Wente Vineyards Reliz Creek Pinot Noir, Arroyo Seco, Monterey, California, 2010

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Wente is the oldest continuously operating family-owned winery in America, now into its fifth generation of ownership.  More than 130 years ago, Carl Wente built the first Wente winery in Livermore, California.  Wente has been growing pinot noir in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey since the early 1960's.  Today we will be sampling a pinot noir from this area, provided by representatives of the winery.


Original tasting and review : This is Wente Vineyards Reliz Creek Pinot Noir, Arroyo Seco, Monterey, California, 2010, finished at 14.5% alcohol and aged for 20 months in a combination of new and neutral oak.

In the glass: Medium dusty red and orange.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, dusty fruit and some earth and cinnamon.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate show plenty of cinnamon - as suggested by the nose - along with a clean, bright dry red cherry and red currant fruit with some dusty tannins.  Finishes with some light acids in your cheeks, squeaky clean!

In summary: Overall, balanced Monterey pinot noir rates an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
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Following long decant, a day later in vacuum-sealed partially filled bottle:  picks up air, length and langorousness.  Gains a plus.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Wente Vineyards Reliz Creek Pinot Noir.

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