Ropiteau pinot noir review

27 06 2012

Today we check out a 2010 pinot noir from France (Pays d’Oc) which sells at Total Wine for $8.99.

Ropiteau, which I have only seen at Total Wine, is a big deal.  Why?  Because it is a pinot noir, it’s cheap, and it doesn’t taste terrible.

The current vintage (2010) is a very close call, but I can’t say it’s really floating my boat.  It doesn’t do anything terribly wrong — an aroma of spicy cinnamon and black fruit, and alcohol.   It’s medium bodied, beefier than many other low-priced (and lightweight) pinot noirs.  It tastes like leathery black cherries.   But it is not calling out to me, “Wineguider!  Drink more of me!”  At this low price point (actually a dollar cheaper), the Cloud Break pinot noir, reviewed here, is your go-to bottle.

Ropiteau pinot noir is a good value, but the 2010 vintage is:

Not recommended.