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2012 Mark West California Pinot Noir

July 10, 2014 - Norman Bentley

Which wine is the right companion for pot-roast on Wednesday night? How about a decent ten dollar Pinot Noir from the winery sometimes referred to as the "King of the Ten Dollar Pinot Noir"? The 2012 California Pinot Noir from Mark West was the right choice for our recent Wednesday night supper. Just the right amount of sophistication and complexity, without being too top-shelf for pot-roast.

It is often hard to find an acceptable Pinot Noir for twenty dollars, much less ten, but I have had numerous past vintages of Mark West Pinot Noir that fit the bill. The 2012 California Pinot Noir has a bright and abundant nose of berries with a floral background, and a hint of spice. The flavors swirl with a dominance of black cherry complemented by the presence of plum and a touch of strawberry. The finish is mild but sturdy with an alcohol content of 13.8%. Norm's score is 87.

Score: 87

Price: $9 - $12


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