We opened the first one, the Pessagno 2005 Lucia Highlands Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands, Pinot Noir, a couple of nights ago for a glass of wine before dinner.
It showed a dark garnet color in the glass.
The nose had red ripe berries and fruit with massive cherry, red currant, light strawberry, and dried herbs/grass.
On the palate the cherry dominated, with blueberry and ripe currant backing it up with some smokey and grassy notes. This wine has a round mouthfeel with a spicy, hot quality to the finish. Good acidity and slightly edgy tannins.
At the amazing value of $11.99 at Total Wine and More I can't deem this anything but a good-great value. Normally retails for around $ 26-32 according to winery and other website. You can also find it at BevMo.com for $14.99.
FYI: Won Silver Medal at the 2007 Long Beach Grand Cru Wine Competition.
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