Maker: MariAna – NOSIO, Mezzocorona, Italy
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10
MariAna Pinot Noir 2004 is from Venice, and I have to say that it’s better than any wine I actually had while visiting Venice last fall. The nose is quite mild with cherry and spice notes. The flavor is fruit forward but nicely balanced, with cherry, blueberry, and chocolate matched with a slightly peppery and acidic finish. As one might expect, as a Pinot Noir it’s a bit lighter than other reds, but there’s still plenty of flavor.
MariAna seems to be a brand of Prestige Wine Imports, though it’s not listed on their site. In fact, we found the Web just about completely devoid of information on this wine. That’s too bad, because MariAna Pinot Noir 2004 is a very pleasant wine, and, for my taste (which leans toward fruity but complex reds), is an excellent value.