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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

2007 Viniterra Pinot Noir

The 2007 Viniterra Pinot Noir is made from 100% Pinot Noir sourced from Mendoza's Lujan de Cuyo area in Argentina. From what I gather from the tech data in Spanish, this wine is stainless steel fermented.

On the nose I get hints of herb, over ripened strawberry, cranberry, and pepper. It's slightly green in character and really reminds me of what a cheap Merlot can often smell like.

On the palate this is exactly what the wine tastes like to me - Cheap Merlot! The wine is quite vegetal with some peppery notes and hints of prune and blackberry. The finish is quite bitter and ends with woody, peppery, and green notes.

I really hate to do this to a wine but I have to be completely honest with myself. This may be the poorest attempt at a Pinot Noir I have ever witnessed. I don't catch one nuance that would signal to me that this wine is made from this grape varietal. In fact if this wine were Merlot, I probably would have scored it higher because it at least resembles the variety. 62 points

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