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2014 Run Riot Pinot Noir "Central Coast"

Winery: Run Riot

Vintage: 2014

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Central Coast"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Region: Central Coast

State or country: CA

Price: $18

Cases produced: unknown

KWG Score: 90 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: April 12, 2017

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Pinot Noir is a great value offering. It opens with an intriguing mix of wet tobacco and blackberry pie aromas. The body is light to medium with a good balance of fruit and acidity. There is a surprising density of blackberry and cassis flavors integrated with stone and smoke flavors. The tannins are mild and the finish is generous, with a touch of black olive at the back end. This is a nice break from the jelly jar California Pinots that seem to be in vogue right now. I would pair this Pinot with a prosciutto, fig, arugula, shaved Parmesan and balsamic vinegar flatbread. - Jeoff

Winemaker Notes: Turning the traditional Pinot on its head, Run Riot Pinot Noir is a sly cacophony of Central Coast flavors from vineyards in Arroyo Seco, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County. Beginning with restless aromas of dark cherry, spice and smoked meat, notes of black fruit are feverishly pursued by cocoa powder and barbequed spices balanced with bright acid and soft, round tannins on the fortuitous finish.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Run Riot 2014 Pinot Noir.

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