2014 Parducci Small Lot Pinot Noir

Image of a bottle of 2014 Parducci Small Lot Pinot Noir

Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Region: Mendocino County, California
Cost: $15 (SRP)

Winemaker’s Notes: Medium-bodied and textured with lush strawberry and raspberry flavors and a hint of cedar on the finish.

My Review: Alright, let’s just jump right in with this one, shall we? Garnet red in color, I picked up flavors of raspberry and cherry with cedar on the finish to give it a nice smooth ending. The wine itself is soft and very sippable, with no heavy oak flavor despite having spent 12 months in oak (20% New French, 80% Neutral Barrels).

My wife and I paired the wine with some light food over a weekend – cheese, crackers, and bacon wrapped asparagus. I know that people argue that no wine pairs with asparagus, but if you wrap something in bacon, almost anything pairs with it. That being said, if I had to do it over I’d likely go with some St. Louis style ribs – the cherry and hints of flat cola flavors would be a great pairing to some messy ribs.

For $15 I liked the wine – it didn’t blow me away, but at that price point I don’t need a wine to redefine how I think about a grape, I need it to be memorable enough that I’d be happy if it showed up on my wine rack again, and this bottle certainly qualifies for that.

Editor’s Note: I received this wine as a free sample for review.

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