Wednesday, June 19, 2013

2011 Garnet Vineyards Pinot Noir Monterey County

I was asked to participate in a Wednesday forum discussion lead by Bill Eyer aka Cuvee_Corner featuring winemaker Alison Crowe and her 2011 Garnet Vineyards Pinot Noir Monterey County. So honored because this is a very nice Pinot for under $20 ($15 to be exact).

Garnet is known for setting the standard, value and style for New World Pinot. Alison carefully nurtures the grapes from vine to bottle allowing the vineyard character to be front and center in each sip. Carefully selected small lots produce elegant affordable wines which taste well above their price point.

Big ripe cherry with cinnamon spice and a nice earthy mushroom. Vanilla bean with hints of faint toasted oak. Excellent combination of fruit and spice makes for an inviting nose.

I had 2 profound comments when tasting this wine "Best Damn Pinot Under $20" and "I'm in Heaven" The mouth is full of rich velvet cherry and creamy vanilla. A warm spice on the finish lingers long with the fruit. A touch of toasty oak completes the wine. Juicy and elegant....pour me another glass please!

Alison my thanks to you for the opportunity to participate in this tasting. Bill your a great host of #Winechat. Looking for quality juice then look no further than Garnet Vineyard Wines I guarantee you will love them.


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