Smoking Loon Pinot Noir 2005

Smoking Loon Pinot NoirPrice: $7
Maker: Don Sebastiani & Sons, Napa County, California
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork
Alcohol: 13.5%
Our Rating: 8 out of 10

Smoking Loon Pinot Noir 2005 is the second installment in this brand that we’ve sampled. We liked Smoking Loon Merlot 2004 reasonably well. The Pinot Noir seemed slightly lacking in character. The nose was mild and mostly cherries. The wine was smooth on the palate, but even for a Pinot Noir (which I often consider too light) this one was a bit bland. Cherry and strawberry notes dominate the mild fruitiness, and there’s just a hint of spice. Overall, this wine doesn’t offend in the least – it’s quite drinkable. It won’t be on our shopping list, though.

Opinions among wine bloggers varied on this Pinot Noir. In Vino Veritas thought, “The initial taste wasn’t bad, however. But that’s as good as the wine got,” and scored it a mere 5 out of 10. The Wine Cask Blog called it “nice” and “simple”, and a good buy on a “basic Pinot Noir.” WineWaves found it to be a “lightweight Pinot Noir” but a good value for $8.50. With this diversity of opinion, if you are a Pinot Noir fan, you might want to snag a bottle and try it for yourself.

One thought on “Smoking Loon Pinot Noir 2005”

  1. While not the most complex wine I’ve ever tasted, it is good and, when you consider the price, might even be considered very good. I purchased a couple of bottles the other day for $7.99 a bottle and was very, very pleased. Excellent with a good steak and grilled meats. May not be the perfect choice for wine “snobs” but if you just like a reasonably priced, tasty wine give this one a try. I agree that it has a mile fruitiness and that cherry and strawberry are suggested

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