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We Speak Wine USD 9.99 750ml

Cycles Gladiator Pinot Noir 2016

Member Review by Ivesreeves:

Projecting a light purple hue reminiscent of a Jolly Rancher grape candy nugget, this delightful Pinot greets one with a friendly wink and smile. If you enjoy the challenge of finding spice on the nose, you'll love this gem. It's there, give it time. Gives way to a silky mouthfeel as smooth as the isolated vocal track of a Marguerite Juenemann record.

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Cycles Gladiator Wines:
Cycles Gladiator symbolizes a celebration of the freedom and happiness that pervaded Europe in the late 19th century—an era known as the Belle Epoque. This era marked many notable inventions and improvements to daily life, not the least of which was the modern bicycle or Le Bicycle Velocipede.

Member Reviews for Cycles Gladiator Pinot Noir

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Snooth User: Ivesreeves
1163949182
4.50 5
Vintage: 2011 01/25/2013

Projecting a light purple hue reminiscent of a Jolly Rancher grape candy nugget, this delightful Pinot greets one with a friendly wink and smile. If you enjoy the challenge of finding spice on the nose, you'll love this gem. It's there, give it time. Gives way to a silky mouthfeel as smooth as the isolated vocal track of a Marguerite Juenemann record.


Snooth User: Shari Anderson
114892742
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 06/10/2013

Initial taste of an even blend of cloves and raspberries. Just a smooth tasting wine that has been combined to produce a lovely feeling on the tongue.


Snooth User: boof88
730340237
2.00 5
Vintage: 2010 12/27/2011

Two glasses


3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 08/07/2011

Not bad, light fruity red, not much to it, a bit of cherry and wood, pleasant.


Snooth User: boof88
730340237
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 12/09/2011

Simple, light, nice red fruit flavors


Snooth User: drktrax
8701289
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 06/23/2011

Three glasses


Snooth User: caesura
881477160
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 05/23/2012

Three glasses


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External Reviews for Cycles Gladiator Pinot Noir

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
07/19/2018

Notes: “It slipped down my throat like the little Lord Jesus dressed in velvet pantaloons” is a 400 year-old quote attributed to the Carmelite nuns of Burgundy when they described the sensation of drinking the wine from their vineyard. This may or may not only be legend, but I’ve paraphrased this quote for years to describe my feelings when I drink this particular wine. Silky, lush, and sexy are all adjectives that can be used to describe the perception Pinot Noir has on the palate. And it always surprises me that it took a successful movie to popularize this amazingly expressive and versatile wine. But then again, most of you reading this already knew long before Sideways that Pinot Noir is an absolute treasure and gift for the palate. It’s a wine both sturdy and fragile, rich and delicate, an absolute enigma. It’s been called the “Heartbreak” grape for winemakers and growers. It’s been romanticized in books and movies. I don’t know about all of this but I do know one thing – it’s an absolute joy to make, especially when you get it right. Pinot for the masses! (but we’ll keep the best stuff for ourselves, OK?) 2016 provided ideal growing conditions for this early ripening varietal. There was a cool snap during the latter part of the growing season that slowed sugar production but maintained higher acidity levels. The skins continue to mature, thickening and getting darker. This meant that I was able to call the pick in the middle of September, rather than early September. The extra few weeks provided all of the time I needed to make sure we ended up with a richly flavored Pinot. And since all of the vineyards we use to produce this wine could be picked at the same time, were could pre-blend the various lots so they had more time integrate and mesh. Really intense aromatics of pomegranate and Bing cherry with a delicate hint of sexy toasted oak. The attack is all red fruit compote. Thinking it reminds me of a bowl of strawberries, cranberries, and cherry pie filling dusted with a hint of cinnamon. There is a considerable amount of Pinot richness and sweetness as you would expect. The acidity is well balanced and helps preserve the sensation of velvet well into the finish. I can’t think of a better wine to celebrate the holidays, or anything for that matter. I like to serve this with a bit of a chill on it so a few minutes in the fridge shouldn’t be out of the question. As expected, this wine would pair quite well with turkey, ham, salmon, and perhaps a mushroom-laden pasta dish. Oak regimen: 14 months in 15% new French and 5% new American wood. Balance Neutral Oak TA: 0.64 g/100ml pH: 3.60 Alcohol: 13.5%


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 01/16/2018

The grapes for the 2015 Cycles-Gladiator Pinot Noir were sourced from two vineyards located in northern San Luis Obispo County. Cambria 1 vineyard is located in the hills just off of Hwy 46 about 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean and produces wines with good acidity and bright cherry flavors. The Linne Vineyard is about 12 miles east of Cambria 1 and yields small berries that make a wine with lovely structure and depth. Bright cherry cola aromatics with an almost rustic charm. There are also some notes of raspberries and pipe tobacco. The flavors are all red fruits. Cherries of course, but pomegranates, strawberries, cranberries, and rhubarb pie are also present. The sensation is warm and inviting like the smells that come wafting out of the kitchen on Thanksgiving. As expected, this wine would pair quite well with turkey, ham, salmon, and perhaps a mushroom-laden pasta dish. Oak regimen: 26 months in 10% new French and 5% new American wood. Balance Neutral Oak TA: 0.62 g/100ml pH: 3.55 Alcohol: 13.5%


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 09/03/2016

The grapes for the 2014 Cycles-Gladiator Pinot Noir were sourced from two very disparate vineyards: The Chualar (pronounced choo-lar) Canyon Vineyard located at the north-east edge of the Salinas Valley, and the Los Alamos Vineyard , a sprawling, hilly vineyard located just west of highway 101 a mile or two north-west of the tiny Santa Barbara town of Los Alamos. The Chualar Canyon Vineyard used to be owned by the Hahn Family when I worked there and I am familiar with what kind of wines come out of there. Sharp, focused, high-acid, low color, very aromatic. In contrast, the Los Alamos Vineyard yields wines that are fatter, lower acid, higher alcohol, chunky fruits. The challenge is finding the right balance. Ultimately, I settled on a lighter, more restrained style (which I will admit is unusual for me) with the Chualar Canyon lot being the dominant component at about 70%. Dark cherry aromas with hints of raspberry and graham cracker on the nose. Kind of like Carneros Pinot. A complex array of red fruit compote in the mouth. Plum, cherry, and melba toast wrap around the tongue which gives way to pomegranate acidity well into the finish. This wine would pair quite well with any game fowl, a hearty risotto, or pork tenderloin. Oak regimen: 13 months in 22% New French, 5% New American - Balance Neutral Oak TA: 0.64 g/100ml pH: 3.5 Alcohol: 13.9%


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 09/05/2015

This fresh and juicy Pinot Noir bursts out of the glass with aromas of cherries. Unrestrained fruit continues on the palate with the round and supple mouthfeel complementing a medium body that frames delicate tannins. On the finish, a slight cedar and vanilla character show off a delicate oak influence in this easy drinking Pinot Noir. - Winery Cooperage: 40% new French oak 60% neutral oak Total Acidity: 0.62 g/100ml Total pH: 3.75 Alcohol: 13.9%


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 04/13/2013

This fresh and juicy Pinot Noir bursts out of the glass with aromas of cherries. Unrestrained fruit continues on the palate with the round and supple mouthfeel complementing a medium body that frames delicate tannins. On the finish, a slight cedar and vanilla character show off a delicate oak influence in this easy drinking Pinot Noir. - WineryCooperage:40% new French oak60% neutral oakTotal Acidity: 0.62 g/100mlTotal pH: 3.75Alcohol: 13.9%


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 04/13/2013

An extremely luxurious nose is filled with aromas of ripe tomato, sassafras and light notes of peppermint that tease the senses as each takes a turn at center stage. Meanwhile, a touch of sweet wood emerges as a hint of truffle glides just out of reach. Sweet and smooth, like velvet in the mouth, this wine is perfectly balanced. A long finish, combined with pleasurable notes of raspberry on the palate, make this wine perfect to drink with a wide range of foods, but complex enough to drink on its own. - Winery ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2008 05/17/2010

An extremely luxurious nose is filled with aromas of ripe tomato, sassafras and light notes of peppermint that tease the senses as each takes a turn at center stage. Meanwhile, a touch of sweet wood emerges as a hint of truffle glides just out of reach. Sweet and smooth, like velvet in the mouth, this wine is perfectly balanced. A long finish, combined with pleasurable notes of raspberry on the palate, make this wine perfect to drink with a wide range of foods, but complex enough to drink on its own. - Winery


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