Hi! Today we review another Mark West pinot noir, a California red wine that costs around $20 a bottle.
Bottom line: A yummy pinot, but at $20, not recommended.
OK folks, I’ll keep this short. You’re forgiven if you’re thinking. “Hey Wineguider, shut up already about Mark West!!” — this is the 3rd I’ve reviewed — but I have good reason for my focus on them: that amazing 2008 $9 pinot with the orange label.
This $20 pinot is also good, although its label is beige: it’s fruity, it’s a bit minerally, and it’s balanced. It tastes like real pinot noir. And it’s a beautiful ruby red color. However, it doesn’t have serious depth or strength of flavor, and doesn’t have a lot of complexity. At $20, I start to expect these things. Another problem: I enjoyed it with a spinach salad that included hard boiled eggs and bleu cheese, and honestly, the salad overwhelmed the wine.
I love their $9 pinot from 2008, and I liked their $17 2009 Santa Lucia pinot a lot, but at $20, this Russian River pinot is unfortunately: