Hob Nob Pinot Noir Review

Hob Nob Pinot NoirHob Nob Pinot Noir is a red table wine that’s imported from Languedoc-Roussillon, France.

One of the things that’s most interesting about Hob Nob is their branding.  They go to great lengths to appeal to a younger generation of wine consumers.

It all starts with the brand name, suggesting reasons to hobnob such as an “outdoor summer concert with friends, a more private moment with a crush on a city rooftop, even mingling with your crew at an underground club.”

Hob Nob Pinot Noir is my second review of a wine from this brand.   The first being my review of their Cabernet Sauvignon.

Hob Nob Pinot Noir Tasting

For this review I tasted the 2012 vintage of this wine.


Consistent with most Pinots, this wine’s appearance was cherry in color and a bit opaque.  A fair amount of light was able to shine through.

My wine glass had just been dishwasher washed with a sheeting action detergent, however the wine’s legs were readily apparent.


When I opened up the twist top bottle, I immediately noticed a bright fruity aroma from this wine.  That dissipated quickly and up close were notes of cherry, cinnamon and leather.

There was a decent alcohol sting as well.

Hob Nob Pinot Noir alcohol content 13.0% by volume, per the bottle.


The wine’s taste was a restatement of the opening aroma.  Cherry was predominant along with wild raspberry.

Along with the flavor were soft tannins that I especially noticed on the tip of my tongue.

While this is a dry red wine, it’s not overly dry and does provide a silky mouthfeel.


The wine’s finish was short to medium, with flavors lasting about 8 seconds on the palate.

The finish was definitely carried by the flavors vs. the tannins.

Overall Opinion

Overall, Hob Nob Pinot Noir is a bit one dimensional.  Having said that, it executes that one dimension (a non-sweet but fruit packed Pinot) very well.

If you’re seeking a complex or delicately balanced Pinot Noir, look elsewhere.  However, if you like an easy drinking red wine that’s a breezy sipper, I think this will delight.

Hob Nob Pinot Noir price $9.99.

This wine is easy to find and quite popular.  Have you tried this and what do you think?


  1. Jon, Amazing wine. It is 2/27/2021! I’m drinking the 2012 Hob Nob Pinot Noir. Your comments still apply definitely cherry, one dimensional (not a bad one dimensional) – maybe some dried leaves – earthy (as it opens up tonight) instead of raspberry. I purchased it on sale for $9.99 (regular price $14.99) in the Midwest USA. Does have a medium finish – I get about 9 seconds. I never guessed I would get such abundant cherry flavor – wine cherry not cough syrup cherry – from a $10 pinot noir! Fortunately I have one more bottle!

    1. Thanks for commenting and adding to the discussion, Charlie.

      Always interesting to hear that my comments still apply. Thanks for letting me know that!

      Sometimes wines change and sometimes they don’t.


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