After my foray into a dense, rich, earthy Old World Pinot Noir, I wanted to explore the sometimes massive contrasts within a single varietal; therefore I immediately followed up the Messer Spätburgunder Trockenwith a California Pinot Noir. My cousin selected The Pinot Project Pinot Noir 2010 for me to delve into. As with so many other California bottles I’ve had the good fortune to enjoy, The Pinot Project is the direct result of the soft economy. Fantastic vineyards are still propagating their high-end, wonderful grapes, which leads to either second labels for the winery, or their grapes up for sale at much lower prices than usual. The Pinot Project benefitted from the latter, and as per the norm, the source of their grapes is not disclosed, although we do know that the wine was created by respected importer Michael Skurnik. The 2009 vintage had rave reviews, and after enjoying my glass, I trust the 2010 will likewise be praised.
100% Pinot Noir
Vinted and Bottled by the Pinot Project Calistoga, CA
$12 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2013
Enjoy now thru 2014