This wine is a rare gem among pinot noir that costs $10 a bottle because it’s actually good! It’s acidity is more subtle than overpowering, making it an incredibly smooth and easy-to-drink wine. The rest of it’s flavors I would describe as delicate and quintessentially Burgundian, (as described by Wine Folly). As a mom that appreciates good wine, I am struck by the earthy mushroom and spice in the nose and flavors of plum, cherry and fresh red fruits on the palate. It is these qualities and its reasonable price tag that make this wine such a gem!
Here is what the professionals have said. On the back of the bottle, the Castle Rock winery says about the 2013 California Cuvee Pinot Noir,
“Our Castle Rock Pinot Noir is produced from grapes grown in a carefully selected group of Californian vineyards, at which the climate and soil quality provide excellent growing conditions for the Burgundian style varietal. The wine is elegant and medium-bodied, offering aromas of cherry, tea and herbal spice. On the palate it is smooth with silky texture and mild tannins, giving flavor of black cherry, plum and spice, and finishing long and harmoniously. This versatile food wine pairs well with lamb, veal, salmon and light pasta dishes.”
Wine Enthusiast awarded the 2013 Castle Rock California Cuvee Pinot Noir 87 points, calling it a Best Buy:
“This light but firm style of Pinot shows spicy, slightly herbal and oaky aromas. The palate is fresh and fruit-forward, with a medium body and enough concentration to create a lingering finish.”
Wine Spectator featured this wine in their May 31, 2016 issue, awarding the Castle Rock 2013 California Cuvee Pinot Noir 88 points. It showed up in Wine Spectator again in the September 30, 2016 issue after the editor included it in his Top Value recommendations.
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