2007 Castle Rock Mendocino Pinot Noir

Excellent flavor of cherries and strawberry. This wine certainly benefits from some air - so let it breathe for a few minutes. Very little minerality, little tannin with definite acid.

This wine is in the solid “buy” zone and will pair well with steak, salmon and lamb. In general, I think California Pinot Noirs seem to get better at the higher price points - but this one is a fantastic choice at around $11. 2007 was an excellent year for California Cabs and Pinots. The 2007 Castle Rock Mendocino Pinot Noir is no exception.

As an additional note: The 2007 Castle Rock Monterey Pinot Noir is not too shabby either - I have to say that I personally prefer the Mendocino, but it is certainly a matter of personal taste.

6 Responses to “2007 Castle Rock Mendocino Pinot Noir”

  1. Brian says:

    I don’t have too much experience with California Pinot Noirs. How would you say they compare to the wines from Oregon’s Willamette Valley? Does California’s more southern location have big effect?

  2. admin says:

    Both have excellent Pinots to choose. I wouldn’t necessarily rank one terroir or appellation over the other. I really liked several Pinots from Oregon that I’ve tasted. Mostl recently, I’ve had Argyle, which seems to stand out as an excellent (but slightly pricey) choice. I’ll be sure to review some soon…

  3. The Castle Rock Pinot Noir is one of my fav’s. I agree fully with your assessment. I don’t know what you pay for it but I’m paying $10.99 at Trader Joe’s which puts it solidly in the “Best Buy” category for me.

  4. adie says:

    I’ve tried Castle Rock Pino and love it! thanks for the pick and description of this- I don’t think I’ve tried this particular one. ) And to Brian–you’ve got to try it!

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  6. jason says:

    Finally got around to reviewing this one. Agree that it is a steal at $10!

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