Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Review: ***+ $$ Bridlewood Pinot Noir, Monterey County, California, 2012 = GOOD VALUE

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Original tasting and review , June, 2014: This is Bridlewood Pinot Noir, Monterey County, California, 2012, finished at 14.1% alcohol.

In the glass: Medium bright red with pink at the edge.

On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, but peppery bright red fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be classic and full-featured.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact almost smoky on the first sip, showing full but restrained fruit.  Plums and deep blackberry form the backbone on the palate, which brings gentle tannins and just enough cleansing acids to keep the experience bright.  Finish represents a gentle fade from the crescendo coming from the initially-restrained fruit.

In summary: Overall, rates a solid three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Updated review, just a couple of months later, September, 2014:  Rounding out on the palate. Sweet cinnamon blends into the mix and gives this a plus, making it a good value pinot noir.  Ready to drink now, while young, fresh, red, juicy, sweet, savory and layered.

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

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