A bouquet of dried leaves, raspberry, and dirt. The palate offers mild fruit and balanced tannins. This competent, though not particularly complex, blend seems inspired more by Burgundy than the Rhone.
This very pale Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast seems to straddle the line between typical Burgundy and California styles. On the one hand, there’s strawberry, cherry, and white cake batter; on the other, there’s smokiness, grassiness, and something almost foxy. The taste is a bit sour; the body, rather thin. Nevertheless, at $6.99, this is a reasonably priced Burgundian-style Pinot.