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Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 3.12.41 PMWhen it comes to how a wine will taste the two biggest factors that goes into a start up winery is location or land and vines. You must choose how much of each vine you want to plant and where to buy your land. Noble Vines makes clones of the world famous vines from different regions and plants them in California. I would imagine their hope is to make great wine that taste similar but different due to land.

I have previously reviewed their red blend 1 but that did not go over so well. I did not realize that I had not reviewed any of their single varietals. Today’s selection, almost a year later, is the 2013 Noble Vines 667 Pinot Noir. They state on the back of the bottle that these vines are clones of stocks in Burgundy, France.

Here are the tasting notes from Noble Vines’ website:

{Noble Vines} 667 Pinot Noir exhibits appealing aromas of black cherry, earth and a touch of vanilla. Plush tannins and balanced acidity support core flavors of ripe Bing cherry, bittersweet cocoa powder, and delicate hints of sage. Enjoy on its own or with salmon, Veal Parmesan or grilled lamb.

So what did I think?

Color – Transparent ruby red.

Nose – Candied cherries with licorice and spices.

Taste – Red cherries and red cranberries with nutmeg.

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

Overall, this is your pretty basic Pinot Noir. It is bright and very fruit forward. The best part that it is priced well. This, too, could be an everyday wine. It is 10 times better then that red blend.

Rating: B

~Justin