For this review of Estancia Pinot Noir I enlisted help from a friend we’ll call Mr. Dan. He’s given his opinion on previous reviews and his tasting abilities can always be counted on. He’s generally not a Pinot Noir aficionado, so having his perspective was great!
This wine, Estancia Pinot Noir 2011, comes from Pinnacles Ranches in Monterey County, California. Alcohol content of Estancia Pinot Noir is 13.5% by volume according to the bottle.
According to Estancia, their Monterey based winery lets them give similar detail and attention as they do to their California estate vineyards.
Open top fermenters are used along with small basket presses to create the handcrafted artisan Estancia Pinot Noir.
Estancia Pinot Noir Review
In the glass we observed the wine to be light to medium ruby in color with slow falling legs.
On the nose we found the aroma to be light to medium. I noted that it was quite noticeable when pouring. My friend noted hints of raspberry in the aroma. For me the predominant aroma was cherry. The Estancia Pinot Noir tasting notes confirmed both our opinions and also suggests hints of baking spices, cigar box and oak. I didn’t pick up on the baking spice or cigar box.
To me, the wine’s taste was what I call “pure Pinot.” In other words, the unique fruit flavor of the Pinot Noir grape. In addition, we did notice a bit of tartness, similar to cranberry or the skins of purple grapes that you would eat. The wine was not dry, nor was it sweet.
I found the wine’s mouthfeel to be milky. We both felt this was a smooth wine.
The Estancia Pinot Noir finished short to medium. I found the tannins to be round and mostly noticeable on the tongue.
Overall, I enjoyed this wine a bit more than my friend. Although, he did feel that it opened up and improved with air. He called it an average Pinot Noir and said its best qualities were its fruit. Less enjoyable was the tartness. From my perspective, I thought it was a good smooth pure Pinot sipper.
I’d suggest giving this a try and form your own opinion. Please share in the comments below if you’d like. Pair this wine with any meal.
Estancia Pinot Noir price $12.99.
Special Note: I’ve also reviewed the 2013 vintage of this wine: Estancia Pinot Noir 2013