Saturday, September 16, 2006

Pinot Noir

Last night I had the pleasure of sharing some good wine with a group of friends. One of the bottles we had was from the consistently good quality winery, Siduri. I have through the years enjoyed several great pinot noirs from various appellation from them. Yesterdays wine was not at all bad but a little bit of a disappointment. It was the fairly young 2004 Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir. Santa Rita Hills on the central coast has been up and coming for the last couple of years and are now one of the most popular appellation in the area. This specific pinot is 73% from Clos Pepe vineyard and 27% from Cargasacchi vineyard.
Looking at the wine it had light ruby color and was very cloudy. On the nose you had spicy pepper and dark berries. Pepper, dark cherries + berries and medium tannins on the palate.
What turned me of a little from the start was the heavy cloudiness. Tasting, it did not have the best balance between fruit and tannins and was a little heavy on the pepper. It might improve over time but I think that is very limited. Now, don't get me wrong this is not at all a bad wine and is definitely worth a try if you enjoy full, ripe fruit in you pinots (which I do). Both Robert Parker and Wine Enthusiast rated it 88. It costs $29 and should not be hard to find. You can find it at or go to my favorite wine finder site online,

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