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WTN: 5 Central Coast Pinot Noirs

by Dale Williams » Sat Oct 23, 2021 1:05 pm

Over to Rob’s for local group, we were outdoors but not too cold. Cheeses, ham, sardines, etc. Theme was Central Coast Pinot Noir. We always do blind, but I don’t know enough about CCPN to make any guesses.

2019 Angel Ink Pinot Noir (Central Coast)
Light, almost Gamay like,a little cherry cola note touch sweet, B-

2008 Rhys Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Cruz Mountains)
Much more complete than others, brambly fruit with forest floor and coffee, good acids, still some tannic structure, no hurry here, B+/A-

2018 Calera Pinot Noir (Central Coast)
Quite light, approaching dilute, didn’t expect this in a CA tasting. Straightforward cherry and plum fruit, B-/C+

2017 Calera Pinot Noir (Central Coast)
I didn’t guess this was same wine. Richer, ripe, more what I expect from CA PN, decent length. B/B-

2019 Folly of the Beast Pinot Noir (Santa Rita Hills)
Highest acid, juicy, some green notes though thoroughly ripe, B/B+

Fun night with good friends. Wines weren't what I expected

Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine, B a good wine, C
drinkable. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at a party where it was only choice.Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.
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Re: WTN: 5 Central Coast Pinot Noirs

by David M. Bueker » Sat Oct 23, 2021 4:38 pm

The 2008 Rhys wines are soooo good. Best vintage of their “early period” as they were dialing things in.
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Re: WTN: 5 Central Coast Pinot Noirs

by Jenise » Sun Oct 24, 2021 11:45 am

Haven't had a Folly but I recognize what you call the "green notes though thoroughly ripe". It's typical to many of the pinots produced in and around Santa Barbars-to-Lompoc, and I often equate it to canned tomatoes+dried thyme or the taste of just-picked tomato that has the strong tomato leaf aroma all over it. Which I *LOVE*.
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