Everyone has different opinions on wine some think cranberry smell others think raspberry smell. Each person is entitled to their opinion but what about other obvious indicators like red and white or full-bodied or light-bodied. Most regular readers know my love-hate relationship with Club W and their wines. Some of their wines are very young but they do come in at a good price.
With all of their wines they do a video of someone usually describing the scent and the taste of each wine. Today’s selection the 2013 La Obscura Pinot Noir from Chile, I almost fell in the floor out of my chair when at 46 seconds Katie Delaney Sommelier, M.S. Oenology called this wine “full-bodied.” This, as you will see, was probably the lightest-bodied red I have had in a very long time. As Adam Carolla would say she is either “stupid or a liar.”
Now there are no tasting notes written online anywhere so I will transcribe what is on the back of the bottle:
Pinot Noir is a true reflection of its upbringing, and La Obscura was raised by a great region. Casablanca Valley is strongly influenced by the cooling effects of the Humboldt Current, which flows up Chile’s coastline from Antarctica. These chilling winds are met with a reprieve of warming afternoons, providing the perfect atmosphere for creating elegant Pinot Noir. La Obscura is a picture of perfection with red berry aromas, a touch of oak, and a mirrored balance of fresh fruit and earthy flavors.
So what did I think?
Color – Very transparent ruby red.
Nose – Cranberry, cinnamon, and toast. Smells very fruit forward.
Taste – Mixed berries but not much.
Finish – Super light, medium to high acid and almost no tannins.
Overall, this wine is super light and I have a hard time believing the 14.5% alcohol by volume. It is drinkable and at a good price but it is nothing to write home about. Pinot Noir is hard to grow because it has thin skins, I can tell you this one had the thinnest of skins. It is almost like water. Or you can listen to Club W and believe it is full-bodied.