Little Penguin Pinot Noir 2004

Price: $6
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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5 thoughts on “Little Penguin Pinot Noir 2004”

  1. I can’t find the Little Penguin Pinot anywhere. My local grocer has discontinued the item. Any place to purchase online?

  2. If you Google “little penguin pinot noir” you’ll find some sites selling it, but most are subject to state regulations and restrictions. Also, the economics of buying a $5 wine by web order may not be that attractive. Fortunately, it’s still plentiful in my area.

  3. Joyce, I didn’t see a distributor list on their website – your best bet would be to pick up the phone and start calling some of the better-stocked wine outlets in your area. Locally, I see it in most larger supermarket wine shops.

  4. COSTCO sells Little Penguin Ponot Noir wines in 1.5 Liter Bottles in Virginia. So check with COSTCO storesin other states.

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