A Pinot Walks into a Gym…

Dark staining ruby with pink edges, thick and impenetrable.  Really dark, deep marachino-cherry candied fruit with banana peel and campfire smoke blasts out of the glass.  A touch alcoholic, even at *only* 14-3.  Somewhat fat and un-inspiring in the mouth, huge ample fruit, but just… kinda… uninspiring.  It is really good WINE, just not convinced it is really good PINOT.  If I ordered this blind off a list in a resty with guests, I would be very pleased and everybody would love it.  But here at home where I can study it a little better, it just doesn’t fall too close to what I really appreciate in a Pinot.   Little if any acid or tannin, and just a breath of briar.  Just big, fat, ripe, round, supple red wine with just enough presence in the nose to tell you it is indeed Pinot Noir.   ◊

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