Sterling Vintner’s Pinot Noir, California, 2010

In our quest to include more US wines in our review stream, we decided to give this Pinot Noir a try, thinking it fitting for this time of year, given a Pinot Noir’s medium body. This Californian wine was decent and palatable, but admittingly not one of the better Pinot Noir’s that we’ve had. It’s colour was pleasant and light, and served better lightly chilled. Nosing the wine brought to mind a blend of spices and plum, with some earthiness embedded; a great experience here.  On the palate, this Pinot Noir was distinctively different from others we’ve reviewed from France, as the smoothness and fruit based tasting experience was missing.  Like most Pinot Noirs the tannins were tame, but not as complimentary to the rest of the wines assets, even despite it’s long finish.  If looking at practical uses, this wine works well for casual evenings at home and would be a delight with a pecorino.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $14.95

Score – 3/5