DeLoach Pinot Noir California 2011

This is another vintner whose wines I have enjoyed in the past.  In fact, I had quite a marvelous wine tasting dinner at an area restaurant in which each of the courses was paired with a DeLoach wine.  It’s been too many years ago for me to give a blow-by-blow of the evening, but the DeLoach offerings made an impression that still lingers.

Vineyard: DeLoach
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2011
Appellation: California
Price: $11.99

Notes:  This garnet-colored Pinot brought plenty of strawberry, earth, and some spicy undertones to the nose.  On the palate the fairly light-bodied wine presented ripe strawberry with cherry notes, a ruminating earthiness not unlike mushroom (which dissipates as the wine breathes), a lightly astringent tea leaf, pepper, some oak, and a tad of bitter menthol on the finish.  Tannins are gentle but present, acidity is good, and alcohol is at 13.5%.

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