Château Pey-Bonhomme les-Tours Blaye

Château Pey-Bonhomme les-Tours Blaye

This red wine from Blaye on Bordeaux’s Right Bank is declared biodynamic, certified organic, and using only indigenous yeasts with low sulfites, and, the label declares, “suitable for vegans.” It’s a blend typical of the region: Primarily Merlot (75%) with smaller portions of Cabernet Franc (15%) and Malbec (10%). Dark cherries, subtle mixed berries and a whiff of cherry liqueur elevate the aroma; tart red fruits fill the palate, framed by crisp acidity, soft but perceptibly astringent tannins. A hint of chalky minerality joins cherry-berry flavors in a long finish.

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Potel Bourgogne Pinot Noir

Nicolas Potel

This fresh, young Bourgogne Pinot Noir from Nicolas Potel shows dark reddish-purple in the glass, shading to a clear garnet edge. Fresh, appetizing fruit aromas mix black plum and red berries with subtle smoky notes. Black and red fruit carry over as a dry flavor firmly framed with bright, palate-cleansing acidity. Soft tannins appear in mid-palate and carry into a long, clean finish.

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The many faces of Pinot Noir

King Estate in Oregon's Willamette Valley.

At the risk of repeating a frequent complaint, it’s getting awfully hard for me to find a Pinot Noir I like at a price I can afford. Part of the problem here is that Pinot is deservedly popular. Another issue is that one person’s favored style Pinot may not bear much resemblance to another’s preference.

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King Estate Inscription Pinot Noir

King Estate Transcription Pinot Noir

Inscription, a new Pinot bottling from Oregon’s King Estate, offers an attractive mix of black and red fruit – tart black cherries and fresh strawberries and strawberry liqueur – that waft from the glass along with a whiff of woodsmoke. The aromas carry over intact on the palate, framed by brisk, mouth-watering acidity and soft tannins. A touch of spicy French of oak accents without overcoming the good varietal Oregon Pinot character. Its good Pinot flavors and fruit-acid balance with moderate 13.5% alcohol makes it an excellent table wine.

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Sparr Alsace Pinot Blanc

Pierre Sparr

Clear, gold Sparr Alsace Pinot Blanc offers a tingling mix of lemon and lime and lemon zest, with a faint jolt of an odd but intriguing mineral scent that’s often called “petrol” in Riesling. Bright citric zest segues over to the palate in a medium-bodied un-oaked flavor with crisp acidity, stony minerality in harmony with lemon zest in a long finish. Intriguing, complex, good with food, good value.

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