Kenneth Volk Negrette San Benito County 2009
Negrette has its own distinct aroma and flavor profile. It shares some of the characteristics of both Syrah and Pinot Noir. This wine has aromas and flavors of bramble fruit and cherry with spicy, old vine gaminess. It is a deeply pigmented wine with relatively low tannins and a silky smooth texture.
88 points. Berries and cream introduce the nose, with spice cabinet and pepper tones playing lightly on the edges. The aroma is sweet and fresh, with faint rose petals, raspberries, and coffee tones opening up on the spin. Soft, fresh, and red berry fruit driven, this wine follows through on the palate in very much the same way it did on the nose. Delicate dried fruit and flower tones combine with a touch of suede and cacao powdery tannins to make a very supple, refined experience. This wine has a good amount of depth and weight to it, but there is a certain delicate quality about it that makes it very appealing in a way that is somewhat similar to certain New World Pinot Noirs. It’s nicely balanced and approachable, and would make an easy entry wine for anyone who is new to Negrette. Source: What's Worth Drinking: http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2010/09/09/post-65-central-coast-adventures-pt-4-exploring-negrette/