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Decoy Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2014

Recommendation: An OK buy for entry-level California Noir.

Winery/Producer: Duckhorn Wine Company; Hopland, California.

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Sonoma County, California.

Vintage: 2014

Price: $16.56

Purchased From: Ralph’s Grocery Store; Agoura Hills, California.

Paired With: Grilled pork loin, Hasselback potatoes, sauteed garlic spinach and cucumber and tomato salad flavor with mint.

Tasting:

    He said: Opened one-hour before drinking. Clear, ruby color with a slightly lighter rim. Light ripe raspberry aroma with hints of orange blossom floral. Solid medium body with more than a hint of sweetness; potent blackberry, raspberry and cherry taste with slightly edgy tannins and a medium-long ripe fruit finish that ends with a tad of tartness. Mouth-filling and packed with fleshy fruit from mid-palate to the end, but the tannins are what carry it through the finish. It paired well with the grilled pork and at the $16.56 price point it’s an OK buy for entry-level California Pinot Noir. In a nutshell…it’s California sunshine in a bottle!!!

    She said: Light ruby red color, with thin irregularly shaped legs that moved at a steady pace. Mild aroma, but made delicious by its floral overtones. Fruity, it led to a mouth-feel that was somewhat sweet, medium bodied and with emerging tannins that lasted into the finish and saved the wine from being sappy. The wine went well with the dinner and was a good super-market value at $16.

    Winemaker Dana Epperson in the Decoy vineyard

    Comments: Learn more about the Decoy wines.

Alcohol: 13.9%

UPC Code: 6 69576 01922 1

Imported by: NA

Photo from Duckhorn Wine Company.