Maker: Don Sebastiani & Sons, Napa, California
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork
Our Rating: 7.5 out of 10
We had high hopes for Pepperwood Grove Pinot Noir 2005 after finding their 2004 Merlot to be an enjoyable, inexpensive wine. Once again we were slightly startled by the snow-white artificial cork, and as we poured the wine we detected a promising nose that was mostly raspberry with slight floral notes. The wine proved to be very light-bodied, though, and a bit bland. Cherry, berry, and oak notes were present, but didn’t do much to excite this taster’s tongue. Admittedly, our taste leans toward robust zins and cabs, so perhaps this pinot is just a bit too subtle for our jaded tastebuds.
Since pinot noir wines tend to be lighter, perhaps a real pino aficionado would find this one more acceptable. At the price, one’s risk is certainly limited.