Sometimes after trying many unusual wine varietals, I find myself questioning, “could I even identify a Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Cab Sauv/Sauv Blanc?” Fortunately, the 52 Weeks of Wine Training Program concept works. You’re not inundated with too many varietals in too short of time to forget some of the classics. But to restore the confidence with trainees, I’ve included the common varietals sporadically within the program to offer that reassurance.
Pinot Noir is a very versatile and easy-going grape that we really do a good job producing here in the United States (most notably the Pacific Northwest). Pinot is typically light bodied, fruit-forward with medium to high acidity, with a subtlety of spices and earthiness. Affordable Pinots can be a challenge to find from US production regions but are often quite affordable from Old World regions.
This 2018 Parker Station Pinot Noir is made from grapes grown around my new hometown…Monterey! This wine represented the traditional aromas and tastes of a classic Pinot Noir: cherry and strawberries in the aromas with a tart cherry and baking spices in the flavor. In the glass, the wine is bright and light with a great ruby jewel! My overall thoughts are that based on this wine, Pinot Noirs, to include this particular wine, are a great, year-round enjoyment. They can be served slightly chilled during summer months but bring warmth to the Fall. Don’t underestimate the complexity of a light bodied wine like a Pinot!
The 2018 Parker Station Pinot Noir retails for $15-17 (good Pinots are a bit on the pricier side!). I gave this wine a 4 out of 5 cork rating.