Editorial Reviews for Smoking Loon California Pinot Noir
Apple, pomegranate, smoke, green tea and lightly toasted oak great the nose. On entry this has a touch of sweetness but that is quickly replaced with the subtle but chunky flavors of red raspberry. This is simple but clean with good flavors that while note terrible varietal are reasonably fun to drink with a touch of tannin that adds length to the finish 84pts.
Nothing too descript. Slightly smoky but drinkable.
Smoking Loon has had few hits in my book, on the cheap end wines. This is first Pinot Noir I've tried from them. I liked it better than the Twisted Cabernet 2005 which I bought at the same time. Nice mouthfeel, medium body and a bit of complexity. But what is weird, and mainly why I didn't give this higher rating, was becaues it has this uncharacterstically Pinot Noir Oakyness, that just seems like, well, Pop Pinot. Make Pinot likeable to the massess, buy a bunch of extra Pinot (who has extra pinot?) throw it in some American Oak barrels for a month or two to grasp that complexity and tannic structure, and voila! Accessible Pinot for the low budget, hip minded. Miles certainly wouldn't be impressed.
Seen Smoking Loon around for a while, so I finally tried it. I spent $8 on this bottle. With that in mind, I've got no complaints. Not much of a nose on this one. It has that clear, deep magenta coloring. Hits the tongue nicely, almost sweetly. Kind of a clear, clean opening, with a dryness that only becomes really evident in the finish. Some nice red pepper notes to make it nicely "hot," but evenly balanced by cherry/plum flavors. Very agreeable and easy to drink, overall. I could drink a lot of this wine...but also, I'm a wino.
This wine has to breathe for a day or two before it is actually what I call good wine.
flat,watery,drinkable,better as it warms,warm after taste,wood,much better with air in the bottle
Has a smoky flavor throughout. Light body with long finish.
External Reviews for Smoking Loon California Pinot Noir
Brilliant garnet color with seductive rose petal green tea aroma. The palate is ripe with heavily extracted cherry and strawberry flavors with a slight astringency akin to pomegranate seeds.