Wyatt Pinot Noir St. Helena 2008
'It is virtually impossible to find a high-quality Pinot Noir that actually tastes like Pinot Noir for under $25 but Wyatt accessed a blend of fruit mostly from Carneros with the rest from the Sonoma Coast Russian River Sonoma County Mendocino and even the Central Coast. This wine is a real winner tasting like a delicious Cotes de Beaune. Earthy ripe currant strawberry and spicy notes jump from the glass of this Pinot with a very fragrant sensual style. Medium-bodied with decent acidity ripe tannin and a nice plush mouthfeel this is a rather remarkable wine value for a Pinot Noir which is always a fickle grape as well as expensive to produce. Drink it over the next 2-3 years and buy it by the case. [89 pts Robert Parker on the 2007 vintage.]
Earthy ripe currants, strawberries and spicy notes make up this fragrant, medium-bodied wine. You'll note some acidity and ripe tannins. Expect a plush mouth-feel. Pair with Salmon.
Excellent Pinot Noir for the Price
No la Crema, but an adequate if uninspired Pinot with lite body and cranberry finish.
External Reviews for Wyatt Pinot Noir St. Helena
It is virtually impossible to find a high-quality Pinot Noir that actually tastes like Pinot Noir for under $25, but Polaner accessed a blend of fruit mostly from Carneros with the rest from the Sonoma Coast, Russian River, Sonoma County, Mendocino, and even the Central Coast. This wine is a real winner, tasting like a delicious Cotes de Beaune. Earthy, ripe currant, strawberry and spicy notes jump from the glass of this Pinot with a very fragrant, sensual style. Medium-bodied, with decent acidity, ripe tannin, and a nice, plush mouthfeel, this is a rather remarkable wine value for a Pinot Noir, which is always a fickle grape as well as expensive to produce. Drink it over the next 2-3 years, and buy it by the case.
This cuvée is the project of New Jersey/New York wholesaler/importer Doug Polaner's company. A cross-California blend with about 25% whole clusters, it is aged 10 months in primarily neutral French oak. A strikingly good Pinot Noir for its price, it offers a medium ruby color, notes of wild strawberries, cherries, good texture and length, and excellent purity. Enjoy this elegant, delicious Pinot over the next 1-2 years.
The "custom-crush" movement on the West Coast means nothing but good things for you, the consumer - delicious, great quality wines at a fraction of the cost! And the Wyatt Pinot Noir is a perfect example of this - juicy, mouthwatering notes of sweet cherry and tangy pomegranate, bright acidity for food-friendliness and a touch of floral/spice on the finish.
A wonderfully lush, fruit-driven Pinot Noir, full and round on the palate and finishing well. It drinks well on its own and is easy to match with meat, chicken, and even some fish dishes.
Finding a good Pinot Noir, whether for $100, $50, or $25, is like finding the proverbial "pig in a poke." Therefore, finding a decent, stylish Pinot Noir for $12 is no easy task. Wyatt's medium ruby-colored 2001 Pinot Noir (primarily Carneros fruit with a touch of Sonoma Coast grapes) reveals hints of cinnamon, earth, compost, plums, and berries. An elegant, medium-bodied, quaffable red, I have had hundreds if not thousands of Pinot Noirs at ten times the price that were not this pleasant. Drink it over the next 1-2 years.
It is not easy to create a low-priced, decent Pinot Noir, but Polaner has done just that. The 2002 Pinot Noir (which includes a big dosage of Carneros fruit) was aged in barrel (75%) and tank (25%). It reveals pleasant herbal, cherry, and plum notes along with hints of anise as well as underbrush. Medium-bodied and flavorful, it should be drunk over the next 1-3 years.
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