Friday, August 29, 2008

2005 Nickel & Nickel Manzana Vineyard RRV Pinot Noir *

From the back label: "Dutton Ranch planted the Manzana Vineyard on a gently sloped hillside in the Russian River Valley. The name 'Manzana", [sic] Spanish for apple, honors the long heritage of apple orchards here." The label goes on to describe how the "cool climate" produces slowly yet fully ripened fruit, blah blah blah.

What this is is another hot Cali pinot. It's big and jammy, "full throttle" as Robert Parker Jr. might say, and it's pure in the sense that I don't detect any flaws. It will please neophytes and may be fun at a dinner party, but it lacks character, and this wine has no place at the dinner table.

1 comment:

  1. I disagree with the reviewer above. Had a bottle last night at Smith & Wollensky's and found it excellent paired with a steak. Certainly not the most character of any wine I've had, but it's good drinking and an excellent value.

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