Recommendation: Recommended as a buy.
Winery/Producer: (Bottled by) Row Eleven; Graton, California.
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir.
Geographic Origin: Santa Maria Valley, California.
Purchased From: Village Tavern (Wine tasting dinner); Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Pared With: Tuna casserole, spinach sweet pottao salad with balsamic dressing.
He said: Crystal clear dark ruby color with a slight brown ring. Strong dark fruit, damp earth and hints of floral aromas. Smooth, velvety and delicious smokey taste with a finish that’s dry and full of leather and ripe fruit. A great pairing and a great Pinot. This is a rough and ready Pinot Noir that’s really GOOD and worth ferreting out. OUTSTANDING California Pinot. This clearly gets a buy recommendation from me…I can’t wait to have the second bottle!!!
She said: Good to begin with and great by the end and that is coming from someone who is not partial to Pinot. Yes, I like them but don’t always appreciate the subtleties Ray does. To me many pinots are wimpy. This one is not. And that’s maybe why I really like this wine. With great fragrance and full of flavor the wine was dry and medium bodied, with medium tannins and complimented by the high acidity in the long finish. Delicious, and I savored my last tasting for a long time. This wine made a family casserole into a great dinner. Over the bargain budget but still a bargain wine. I think it is worth the price.
Bar code: 188728000288