Friday, December 14, 2007

2005 Paraiso Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

The wine this week has a classy-looking label. It's the 2005 Paraiso Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey County. This set me back $16.99 at Costco.

This was a pretty magenta color in the glass, a shade dark for pinot noir. On the nose were cherries, earth (like potting soil), white pepper and vanilla creme. Very nice and pinot-like.

On the palate I found more cherries, white pepper, a twig or underbrush component, and after getting some air time, a slight bit of chocolate and soy. Tannins were integrated and nicely chewy, and overall this wine took on quite a silky texture with airing.

This was a nice bottle of wine. It wasn't spectacular but it was well-made. I especially liked the aromas. On the palate the cherrry fruit dominated. Two thumbs up.


Jeff said...

I'm going to keep my eyes open for this wine. Sounds like it was pretty good.

MonkuWino said...

I think it's a good bottle. I think the winery sells it for $25 which is on the steep side, but if you can find it at Costco ($16.99) it's worth buying. It tastes like pinot noir! Can't say that about a lot of other California PN's..