The Naked Grape is a new wine brand from the Grape Valley Wine Company in California, which appears to be owned by wine-giant E. & J. Gallo. The winemaker of this pinot noir, 30 year old Hillary Stevens, is also one of the two winemakers behind another new E. & J. Gallo brand, Bear Flag Wines.
Although this wine is labeled as pinot noir, that’s not the only grape you’ll find in this bottle of wine. Yes, that’s allowed as long as 75% of the wine is the variety on the label. There’s also tempranillo, grenache and alicante bouchet. Now that’s not a grape you come across every day. But I have a hunch that it’s a variety that Stevens likes to work with, as you’ll also find this variety in the two red blends she produced under the Bear Flag brand.
It’s a non-vintage wine, which means there is no year listed on the label. I always prefer to have a year on the bottle. But given that this is a new wine on the market, if you buy a bottle within the next few months you can be pretty darn sure you’re getting the same “vintage” as I’m reviewing.
This is a light, jewel red colored wine with gads of ripe red fruit on the nose. The aromas are primarily cherry and red plum, but there’s also a Diet Coke characteristic to the nose. The palate is fresh and fruity with ripe cherry and pomegranite flavors. The tannins are a little too light, in my opinion, but the acidity is good. The finish, short. Very short. But, if fresh and fruity is what you like, then you may enjoy this pinot noir. It doesn’t have the depth or elegance to make it a rock star, but for the $9.00 price it’s a tasty wine.
Wine: The Naked Grape
Variety: Pinot Noir
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Disclosure: This wine was received as a sample.