In a recent issue of Wine Spectator they were reviewing Californian pinot noir and listed Castle Rock Sonoma County 2006 as one of their best values. Given that it is only $15, I thought I would be remiss if I didn’t try it as a part of my quest for good, cheap pinot noir.
Castle Rock produced pinot noir from five different regions in 2006, but the Sonoma County is the only one I’ve come across.
I found the Castle Rock Sonoma County Pinot Noirto be a decent pinot noir, but I think you can do better for the price.
It has cigar and red raspberry aromas. Blackberry, vanilla, and cherry on the palate with a nice spicy kick. Soft tannins and a smoky aftertaste. I found it a little bit acidic. Spectator gave it an 86 and my numbers came out to an 85. (what’s the difference of 1?)
Wine: Castle Rock Sonoma County
Varietal: Pinot Noir