In the past I hated writing tasting notes. Maybe I still do. I won't know until I finish writing this post, at which time I will let you know.
Why do I hate writing tasting notes? Because I get tired of trying to think of flowery prose that is so detailed and original and blah blah blah. The thing is, there's really nothing new under the sun so everything I can manage to write has been written before about some other wine that probably tasted only remotely similar to the one I am scrambling to describe.
I will sometimes read the notes people write for a particular wine over at Cellar Tracker. There's such a wide range of impressions and scores, so if you think about it, what is the point of reading all these reviews to try and decide if a wine is worth buying? Everyone says something different. Perhaps there is a general consensus but still, most of the time the details vary quite a bit.
Maybe that's why everyone sticks to going by what Robert Parker Jr. says. At least there is some consistency there.
So here, for whatever it is worth, is my first review in a long time of a wine. I'll try and keep it simple.
The past four evenings I've had the pleasure of tasting Cameron Hughes' Lot 326, which is a 2010 North Coast Pinot Noir that I bought at Costco for a mere $9.99.
The color is a little bit darker than I expected for a Pinot Noir. Aroma-wise, yes it is a Pinot but it was missing that character that tells me right away, this is a Pinot Noir. I had to think about it briefly instead of just knowing what it was.
Taste-wise: The wine had nice red fruit balanced by good acidity and the tannins were smooth. Did it taste like a Pinot Noir? My answer for the taste is the same as for the aromas - it makes a nicely fruity red wine but it isn't immediately apparent what the varietal is. My impression was the same for all four portions of the bottle over the four nights.
It's drinking very well right now; it's got very good balance and held up well in the glass. For the price it is a good deal and I'd recommend it if you aren't overly critical about wanting something truly Pinot Noirish, but instead are happy about something in the general vicinity.
Now.. did I like writing that review above? Yes, I did! I guess I will do some more. But don't expect them any more frequently than every four days.
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