Red Bicyclette Pinot Noir Pinot Noir. Merlot Languedoc-Roussillon Vin de Pays d'Oc 2009
Our 2008 Red Bicyclette Pinot Noir was sourced from the Languedoc Roussillon region in Southern France. The 2008 Pinot Noir grapes were crushed and destemmed, and then fermented in upright stainless steel tanks and rotary fermenters at moderate to warm temperatures (22‐28° C or 72‐82° F). About 20% of the wine underwent whole cluster fermentation. After primary fermentation was complete, the wine went through malolactic fermentation to soften the acidity and help balance out the tannins. Around 6% of the wine was aged for two months in heavy toasted French oak, which imparted soft, generous cinnamon flavors to the wine. The components were then blended, filtered, and cold‐ stabilized for bottling.
Member Reviews for Red Bicyclette Pinot Noir Pinot Noir. Merlot Languedoc-Roussillon Vin de Pays d'OcAdd your review
Really good wine, light and fruity a little on the sweet side. Overall a great summer wine.
This is very interesting. 2008 was a fraud - and terrible wine. Now we have 2009 which is a huge bargain! Hmmm. And now it is impossible to find! Good reputations are hard to build and easier to lose. The 2009 is exactly what you would expect from an "old world" type Pinot Noir. The color is a light Burgundy. The nose is wonderful, fruity but complex. Not over powering. The wine is amazingly full bodied for an "old world" style PN and has a long finish. This is the exact opposite of the 2008!!!!!! Now just try to find some at $9 (what I paid at Safeway)! This was (is?) an excellent bargain and I bought all Safeway could find. Most Pinot Noir under $30 a bottle is average at best and often terrible. Try a few from Willamette Valley (2008), Oregon, to know what a great PN can be.
I have only tried a few pinot noirs, and I am beginning to think that I do not enjoy this style of red wine. The Red Bicyclette did nothing to sway my opinions of pinots. It is true that this wine had a slight cherry nose, but the back end was an overwhelming taste of bitter tannis and iron. This wine just wasn't for me.