From Sonoma County, California, Mark West Pinot Noir is one of the most well known Pinot Noir wines out there.
According to Mark West, they’ve been making wine for over 40 years “with fruit sourced from California’s most renowned coastal appellations.”
For this review, help was enlisted again from the two people who provided a recent guest review for the Charles Krug 2009 Cabernet.
There were multiple opinions on the Mark West Pinot Noir and after tasting, we paired this wine with a very unique pizza. More on that below.
Mark West Pinot Noir Review
The nose of the Mark West Pinot Noir gave forth aromas of young plum, vanilla, raw raspberry and a little bit of black cherry. Very little alcohol aroma was observed.
Mark West Pinot Noir alcohol content 13.8% by volume per the bottle label.
According to the bottle, we were to be prepared to notice flavors of red and black berry. Also some spice.
Our actual observations were of young berries, mild cherry and a little bit of smokiness.
For texture or mouthfeel, we all felt it was a smooth drinking wine. The three textural comparisons were satin, cotton and pima cotton. More smooth than rich.
Tannins were balanced and mostly noticed on the sides of the tongue.
Finish of the Mark West Pinot Noir was short to medium and pleasant.
Overall, we felt this was a good wine that won’t overshadow what you’re eating. Two out three felt it was a reasonable value.
Mark West Pinot Noir price paid for this bottle was $9.99.
Mark West Pinot Noir – Paired with Venison Pizza
After the more formal tasting, we paired this wine with a very flavorful pizza. It was topped with venison, goat cheese, Kalamata olives, marinated artichokes, tomatoes and caramelized onions.
We felt a followup was needed on how the wine changed with this dish. What we found was that more of the wine’s acid was able to come forth. We felt this was due to the olive oil in the pizza and how it affected the overall structure of the wine’s flavor. The wine’s texture changed. It became a little more rough and personally, I found this to be enjoyable.
So there you have it. Mark West Pinot Noir on it’s own and also with a creative food combination.
Give it a try!
Speaking of reviews, check out my review of the California Wine Club, which I joined. Includes price, Pros and Cons and pictures of what I received.
Mark West Pinot Noir – Special Update
As you can see from the comments below, this wine is not receiving favorable feedback.
When I had this wine I thought it was OK and better with food. However, based on the recent feedback and the fact that one of the above tasters didn’t feel it was a good value, I’ve rescinded the suggestion to “give it a try”.
I’m so pleased that people chose to provide comments and feedback below on this wine. This is what Honest Wine Reviews is all about… being honest and helping out the wine consumer community. Thanks!!