Since we’ve moved on from zinfandels to other varietals, it’s sort of knee-jerk to compare the two, even if it is comparing apples to oranges. This week we tried a pinot from Sebastopol HIlls, a winery we’ve tried before.
Some overall notes comparing pinot to zin: pinot noir has a lighter color than zinfandel. It’s also lighter bodied and very smooth, without much of the peppery taste that seemed to be a signature trait of all our zinfandels.
One other note that I found on the internets – pinot noir supposedly has a lower alcohol content than other wines, making it an “ideal” table wine.* I’m not sure that this is always true; this wine had an alcohol content of 14.5% which is pretty much the same as another table wine we recently tasted. I have seen some pinots with a lower alcohol content though, which is nice for “drinking.”
Some notes particular to this bottle: it was rather light bodied, but not thin, which we liked. We don’t tend to enjoy “flabby” wine (wine which we generally characterize here as “thick”). It was definitely fruity, but I wasn’t able to identify strong flavors of any particular fruit, so not quite as agressively fruity as some of the zinfandels we’ve had. L thought it had a slightly smoky flavor as well, which he liked. The wine also didn’t have a lot of “heat” (which I assume is the alcohol being tasted) or that dry feeling associated with high tannins.
Overall, we enjoyed this wine greatly and I would recommend it. It’s not dirt cheap – $9.99 at work and probably more elsewhere. But it’s worth the $9.99 if you want to spend some money.** We’ll be tasting a lot more pinots and I have a feeling we will find something in a lower price range that is comparably good, but this one is well worth a tenner.
Until next time!
*presumably because you can consume a truckload of the stuff without getting too toasty.
**I realize that this is not actually all that much for a bottle of wine. I am extremely cheap when it comes to most things. I also realize that you often get what you pay for – although this rule of thumb does not work categorically for wine. There are lots of very good bottles for under $5 (thank goodness for me!).
Box Wine Rating Recap:
Sebastopol Hills Pinot Noir 2011