Hob Nob pinot noir review

5 07 2010

Today we review a pinot noir from France that costs only $11 a bottle.  [EDIT:  I’ve now seen it for just $8, which caused a re-visit to this review, right here.]  

Here’s the deal with pinot noir — it’s very hard to grow, it’s difficult to make into great wine, and it’s very hard to ship without damage by way of excessive heat or jostling around (“bottle shock”).  So why bother?  Because when it comes together, I believe pinot noir is simply better than any other wine.

Hob Nob pinot has some things going for it.  It can be a crowd pleaser for those who are just beginning to enjoy wine, or those who prefer something on the sweet side.  It is robust — not a wimpy see-through pink in color, like many pinot noirs.  And it has some definite taste notes — deep, dark cherries and black cherries — so it doesn’t taste like generic and totally nameless “red wine”, as many cheap pinot noirs do.  

The problem is that Hob Nob doesn’t really taste like pinot noir.  And, it is inconsistent.  Some bottles that I’ve tried have been simple in a “cheap wine” way, and blatantly too sweet.  Although many will still enjoy it, Hob Nob doesn’t quite merit a recommendation.  If you want a fun red wine with some sweetness and you don’t really care if it tastes exactly like pinot noir, you should try Hob  Nob — it’s a very good bargain.  But those in search of a great bargain “pinot noir” should check out the wine which I reviewed: here.

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3 responses

24 12 2010
WineDineTv

One of our friends gave us a bottle of 2008 Pinot and have to say it was not too sweet and displayed some enjoyable characters. You are right about Hob Nob, it is not your typical Pinot Noir.
Cheers:)

24 10 2012
honestwinereviews

I recently tried the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon from Hobnob and thought it was pretty good. Interestingly, the flavors in the cab are similar to the review above for the pinot. Makes me wonder if there’s a little blending going on.

18 09 2013
Joseph Burdi

We are selling a 2011 at the Fresh Market in Manchester, Vt. In a word it’s Sensational.. With food or just an easy drinking wine…

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