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Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 4.23.39 PMVivino wine app has done some changing over the past year or so since I last mentioned it. One cool feature is that it tells you what percentage of types of wine you drink. For example, my profile says I drink 9% California Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% California Red Blend, and 6% California Pinot Noir, and 76% other. I am pretty happy with my diversity but I was pretty shocked to see my #3 as California Pinot Noir.

For the most part, I have a love-hate relationship with Pinot Noir. It is probably the only red wine that can be label as that. It is mostly because I am not a huge fan of the super light Pinots. Well, now I have a new Pinot Noir to add to that list.

This brings us to the 2008 Villa Mt. Eden Grand Reserve Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley of California. This one, with no surprise, comes from Underground Cellar. The winery itself has a nice website and here are the tasting notes they give with a suggested retail price of $24:

“This dark ruby colored Russian River Pinot Noir offers intense blueberry and raspberry aromas with hints of cedar, earthy leather, sweet vanilla oak, and spicy cinnamon, followed by a softly elegant palate that achieves a perfect balance of fresh fruit, acidity, and soft tannins. A medium-bodied beauty which shows the elegance and quality of the Russian River AVA, this is a very easy to drink wine with a medium to long fruity finish.”

So how was it?

Color – Deep dark red with slight transparency on the edges.

Nose – Dark cherry, raspberry and slight licorice.

Taste – Cherry fruit with chocolate and almost something nutty.

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

Overall, this is a pretty flavorful Pinot Noir and would not be one of those in the hate column. It is very smooth and has great tannins that rival my previous review of Ox-Eye. It is more bold than most Pinot Noirs and I love it. I recommend this one based upon price and taste.

Rating: B+

~Justin