2014 Nielson Pinot Noir "Santa Maria Valley"
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Santa Maria Valley"
Wine Category: Pinot Noir
Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Region: Santa Maria Valley
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 11,026
KWG Score: 89.5 (based on 4 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)
Review date: August 27, 2016
Wine Review: This bright red colored Pinot Noir from Nielson opens with a fragrant red raspberry bouquet with hints of mild oak and plum. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, easy going and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty gentle red raspberry and red plum blend with nicely integrated minerality and old oak. The finish is dry and drifts away nicely. This Pinot is a bit of a quaffer. It goes down easy. I would enjoy this served cool on a hot summer day with a grilled mahi-mahi sandwich. Enjoy - Ken
Winemaker Notes: The nose features aromas of dark cherry, cinnamon, clove, and star anise, with subtle hints of rose petal and smoke. Tannins are rich and silky, with a bright note of smoke and dark cherry on the finish.
Organic status: not organic
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