Maker: the Little Penguin
Variety: Pinot Noir
Packaging: Bottle, artificial cork
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10
In spite of the movie Sideways, which has caused a boom in the sales of Pinot Noir wines, that variety isn’t one of my favorite reds. I prefer the bigger, bolder cabs and Shirazes. Nevertheless, I picked up a bottle of the Little Penguin Pinot Noir 2004 based on my experience with some of their other varieties. To my great surprise, the Penguin came through with a very nice, very affordable wine. This Pinot is smooth and fruity, with cherry predominating. The finish gets more spicy. The Little Penguin Pinot isn’t a classic Pinot Noir, but it’s pleasant and smooth, and can be served with confidence for casual entertaining.
The Little Penguin web site says,
Pinot Noir has developed quite a reputation as a delicate grape that, when handled properly, can become an elegant wine. the Little Penguin’s Pinot Noir is no exception. the Little Penguin Pinot Noir has rich, spicy flavors with a smooth, clean finish.
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