By way of background: Eight years ago, I last sampled the Beringer Founders' Estate Pinot Noir - the 2005 vintage - and found it to be a wine that I would in fact return to, and a best value at its bargain price point. We're coming back today to the current 2013 vintage.
Original tasting and review : This is Beringer Founders' Estate Pinot Noir, California, 2013, finished at 13.9% alcohol and first sampled 2 years from vintage date, in July, 2015.
In the glass: Medium brick and orange.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, light California fruit with cranberry highlights and a hint of smoke. From the aroma, seems like this will be full, bright and friendly.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full, fresh, lively and aromatic on the palate, showing a fistful of fruit, solid acids to support it and a robe of soft, velvety tannins that give it body and pleasure. Plums and black cherries and some pomegranates make up the fruit melange - but this is more about the svelte body and mouthfeel than it is about the specifics of the fruit. Finish renders itself fairly quick and a little hot with alcohol, but successfully brings you back to the next sip.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale with a big plus for pleasant friendliness. Definitely a best value. Drink soon - it is built for comfort AND speed.
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