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, 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?