I was only able to chew on one side of my mouth after a rather disagreeable trip to the dentist, so I was cooking a mushy dinner of cheesy polenta and eggs. I fancied an uncomplicated bottle to accompany my dinner and multiple ibuprofen tabs so I popped open Block Nine Caiden’s Vineyards Pinot Noir 2011. Block Nine was established to offer Pinot enthusiasts on a budget more of a middle range option between higher priced mid-market Pinot and mass-produced inexpensive bottles. Headed by winemaker and Pinot Noir specialist Larry Levin from Dry Creek Vineyard, Robert Mondavi and Ravenswood fame [to name just a few], Block Nine only makes Pinot Noir. Although the label suggests a single vineyard, through his many connections, Levin sources grapes from select vineyards in various California growing regions.
Bright transparent ruby red with a light pink rim, aromas of violets, strawberry and damp earth rose from the glass. Traces of earthy elements and warm oak complimented bright berry flavours of strawberry and raspberry in the light to medium body. Whispers of white pepper and dried violets lingered briefly between each sip. Simple and easy drinking, this is a pleasant glass great with light dishes or on its own.
Cellared & Bottled by Block Nine, St. Helena
Enjoy now thru 2015