Camelot Pinot Noir California 2004

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The 2003 Camelot Pinot is surprisingly tasty and, at $7, a no-brainer, get-a-case-for-the-cellar kind of wine. But it was a late discovery of mine,... Read more

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Snooth User: francol55
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02/07/2009

The 2003 Camelot Pinot is surprisingly tasty and, at $7, a no-brainer, get-a-case-for-the-cellar kind of wine. But it was a late discovery of mine, and by the next visit to the store, the 2003 was gone, restocked with 2004. Regrettable timing? Not really -- the 2004 nails it again. Snobs will want to steer clear of this Kendall Jackson subsidiary that aims to make "lush, fruit-driven wine." That's code for a fruity and crowd-pleasing. But once you get past all the apprehensions about big companies and the threats to noble grape authenticity, you find a very enjoyable wine. Pinot noir is a notoriously fussy grape. Apparently only the finest elements working in unison, such as ideal terrior (soil) and centuries of winemaking expertise can coax pinor noir to realize its full potential. Some of the most heralded wines in the world, such as Burgundy's Gevrey-Chambertin, are pinots. So Camelot's bargain-basement version of the peoples' pinot almost adds a bit more satisfaction to drinking. The wine has a light, almost strawberry, taste, plenty of tartness and a touch of bitterness to round out the overall flavor. Unlike bad, cheap wine that clangs on just one note, the Camelot Pinot actually unfolds in a number of directions. The classic combo of Pinot and salmon, or even striped bass, works beautifully.


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