Mark West California Pinot Noir 2008
Pinot Noir from California
- red wine
- Light & Fruity
- 13.8% abv
Enticing aromas of strawberry and raspberry with
barrel notes of caramel, vanilla and baking spices.
Oak aging rounds out the palate and gives the wine
its body. The wine drinks of deep, concentrated
raspberry, cherry pie with a touch of cola berry. The wine shows juicy fruit texture and subtle oak.
Mark West Winery
At Mark West Winery our goal is to craft wines that consistently deliver enticing aromatics, a rich supple mouth feel, and classical varietal characteristics. The wines pair easily with food or for drinking alone. Our goal is to combine outstanding value and style in every wine we produce.
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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.
It'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.
8 ratings, 8 with reviews
It's a pleasure to find a value pinot noir that's enjoyable. It has enough fruit and earthiness to please anyone looking for an everyday pinot noir. A very nice buy.
I served this at a blind wine tasting and it rated out #3 out of 6 Pinots - only behind wines that cost almost twice as much. A nice balanced, smooth wine. It was great with grilled portabellos. This would be a great gift for your Pinot loving friends.
For someone really new the world of wine...I really enjoyed this. It had a sweet aroma and taste. You could really smell the berries followed by the same wonderful flavor.
Perfect every time - wine rack always has some in it - give them as gifts at Christmas - enjoyed by all
Good pinot ... I'd give it a 4.2. Round, soft, smooth and enjoyable ... yet not my favorite. Can't go wrong with the price!!
at this price, it's hard to beat for pinot noir. it's got the fruity, smooth character of Pinot at an amazing price. this should be your house pinot that you don't worry about opening for whoever drops in.
Mark West Pinot 2008 was everything I expected and more.Just fabulous!Light and fruity just the perfect balance I love in a California Pinot!
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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.