Pennywise Pinot Noir 2009
Pinot Noir from California
Light brick red in color with hints of emerald, the 2009 Pinot Noir blend boasts aromas of cherries jubilee, root beer, rose petal, and cotton candy. In the mouth, flavors of delicate plum, freeze dried strawberry, watermelon rind, cream caramel, and vanilla bean. This blend finishes with delicate notes of fresh summer sweet strawberries that seem to linger endlessly.
Pair this wine with salads to pork chops to burgers with ease. Try this wine with rolled pork tenderloin stuffed with dried cherries and Brie cheese or a mushroom and sausage pizza. The possibilities are endless.
Blend: 94% Pinot Noir and 6% Syrah
Wine Enthusiast - "Surprisingly sophisticated for a Pinot Noir at this price. It's dry, light in the mouth and elegantly structured, with a nice bit of acids and tannins. The flavors are delicate in sour cherries, sweet tomato jam and dusty spices."
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About Other California
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to wineries such as Wente.
Lodi County AVA, an AVA further east of San Francisco and known for its excellent, old-vine Zinfandels.
San Francisco Bay AVA, a sprawling AVA that covers Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, to name a few. Wine that holds only the California AVA is typically a wine that includes grapes from a number of different AVAs, which leads to the general labeling of the wine as California. This does not denote the quality of the wine, only the diversity of where the grapes originate.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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- 4 Stars: 6
- 3 Stars: 4
- 2 Stars: 3
- 1 Stars: 2
18 ratings, 6 with reviewsCarrie4 - Campbell, CA41/29/201523/18/2012
Jenn Helm - Boise, ID33/4/201212/3/2012Tastes like sour grape punch.jquesada - North Miami Beach, FL51/21/2012Tara Leigh - Omaha, NE51/11/2012211/3/2011dc anon - Washington, DC41/7/2012DC Wine - Washington, DC412/25/2011Fabulous wine for the price, just bought a case. If you can find it buy it for an everyday drinking wine. Best value I've seen in years.41/6/2012
- Light & Fruity
This Pinot Noir is very drinkable- smooth and refreshing, not too acidic or oaky.DLAshley - Devils Lake, ND21/3/2012ORwino - Portland, OR112/26/2011Bought this for $9.99 on-line out of curiosity. Rated 90 pts by WE. 94% Pinot Noir and 6% Syrah. I brought this to a Christmas party for a friend to try. He's enjoyed Pinot Noir/Syrah blends in the past. This one is mostly Pinot Noir but I thought it was worth a try. We opened this and let it stand for about 1 hour before tasting. Light ruby color and very thin (watery looking). Root beer scent prominent and on the palate was very strange. I did not enjoy this wine at all. Don't get me wrong, I like root beer. Just not in my wine (I guess). Also, this did not taste like any pinot noir that I have had before. If I had tasted this in a blind tasting, I would have guessed it was a red blend, not a true pinot noir. I was disappointed in this wine after reading others' reviews that really enjoyed this. Would not buy again. There are better true pinot noir out there for this price point.Reds4Me - Avon, OH312/23/2011412/9/2011
- Smooth & Supple
- Pair With
- Chicken > Herbs
Can't believe this is so well priced. Bought for a party where I had a budget and this was a big hit.411/9/2011
- Smooth & Supple
This was tasty, I would buy this again.Bill from Colorado - Longmont, CO310/30/2011coeyat - Stanford, CA310/20/2011
- Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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