Wine Review – Sweet Cheeks Pinot Noir 2013

Sweet Cheeks Pinot Noir 2013 Wine BottleFor a new world Pinot Noir, it is worth trying.

Name: Vintage Pinot Noir

Vintage: 2013

Producer: Sweet Cheeks Winery & Vineyards

Region/Country: Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA

Grape Varietal(s): Pinot Noir

Consumed: At home

Recommended By: Mom, who purchased it while in Oregon

Cost: Unknown

Bottle Presentation: Busy and somewhat overdone. Not sure how the bird links with the name of the wine.

Appearance: Light ruby red, as expected for a wine than 5 years old.

Nose: Fruit forward, cherries and plums.

Taste: To my surprise, the description on the label accurately described this wine (this is a rarity, at least in my experience). The most prominent aromas included cigar box, cedar, and hazelnut. I tasted cherries and blackberries. I paired this wine with roasted chicken and mashed butternut squash with caramelized pears and apples, and the combination proved balanced and complimentary. Mom even approved!

Finish: This is where the label seemed somewhat inaccurate. I would characterize the finish as short, whereas the label described it as long. Nevertheless, I experienced a tinge of cherries and cigar box.

Overall Impression: A good wine that makes me want to discover other Oregon Pinot Noirs.

Rating: 88/100

Value: Unclear (because mom failed to divulge how much she spent on the bottle).


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