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Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 6.26.33 PMThe readership probably already knows about my love-hate relationship with Pinot Noir so I will not go on about this. Last night, we opened a bottle of 2010 The Table Pinot Noir. I would imagine naming your wine “The Table” would vastly devalue what you could ever price it as. It brings up ideas of it being a table wine or a cheap wine. I am pretty sure I got this from Underground Cellar and usually they deliver amazing wines. I also have never heard of a Pinot Noir table wine. But what the hell this wine will not drink itself so I opened it.

According to Wine.com and Bounty Hunter, you can still buy this wine at a good affordable price $12.99 or $13.95. Bounty Hunter Rare Wines & Spirits has a better description and story about this wine:

About – This is a name-drop dream come true. Famed Oregon winery Evening Land started out in 2007 and hasn’t looked back since. Under the watchful eye of their winemaker Sashi Moorman and using the consulting guidance of some of the world’s top sommeliers from such locales as The French Laundry, Michael Mina, Daniel (and many more), this easy-drinking red has become the house red wine for most of these Michelin-starred restaurants. Combine that with new financial partners Charles Banks (formerly of Screaming Eagle) and Raj Parr (former Wine Director for The Michael Mina Group), and you have a team that possesses a dizzying array of talent that is committed to producing delicious juice with a true focus on value where it counts: your wallet. Honestly, with this kind of name recognition behind this project, there’s no way the bottle won’t deliver. Deals like this don’t come along very often, and after tasting this, we knew we had to pull the trigger and give you a chance to turn your dining room table into a nightly 4-star feast! And at a price tag that seems almost criminal, we have a feeling you’re gonna want to be a repeat offender with this one!

Tasting Notes – Just because the winery is in Oregon, we don’t want to confuse you. This is 100% California! A brilliant garnet wave of wonder emerges from the bottle and fills the glass with vibrant aromas of ripe, wild strawberries, cherries and vanilla, leading into a sumptuous mouthful of sweet red fruits, spices and a rich lingering finish that begs for another sip. Mouthwatering freshness and ripe flavors give you everything you could want in this succulent bottle of Pinot. If this doesn’t float your boat, we’re not sure there’s more we can do for you.

Wow what a story? I definitely tasted this wine last night without all this knowledge. So how was it?

Color – Pretty dark violet for a Pinot Noir, a little hint of red.

Nose – I got the Strawberries but I actually got some smoke and cinnamon, which brought me to almost a Cola place.

Taste – Cherry tart, little acidic at first but after letting it decant that faded away. Cola on the taste too.

Finish – Medium with Medium to high acid and medium tannins.

Overall, this is really a good bold Pinot Noir that I could really sink my teeth in. It came off harsh at first but the flavor and the nose were amazing. I would highly highly recommend this wine to anyone on a budget and likes a Pinot Noir that will take you on a ride.

Rating: A-

~Justin