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Redtree Pinot Noir 2008

by Nannette Eaton on May 6, 2009

“All humans realize they are loved when witnessing the dawn; early morning is the triumph of good over evil. Absolved by light we decide to go on.”  —  Rufus Wainwright


redtree pinor noir

The nose is quiet, with a hint of raspberry.  It’s very fruit forward, with tremendous amounts of red berries and tangy rhubarb action.  I was channeling Gary Vanerchuk in my tasting notes when I wrote, “Tastes just like Red Vine licorice” and really, this does.  It was just as delicious on the second day of drinking as the first.  In his Wine Spectator blog, James Laube Unfined he raves about it, “You rarely find the words “excellent” and “inexpensive” in the same sentence as Pinot Noir. But yesterday I found that rarest of rarities-an $8 Pinot Noir that is an amazing buy, with a very good rating.”  Wine Harlots concur.

The alcohol content is 12.5%.  Screw-top.  This is a California wine with the pinot noir sourced mainly from Lodi with a bit coming from the Central Coast.  The winery is Cecchetti Wine Company.  The suggested retail is $8 USD, but I picked this up over the weekend at the San Diego Wine Co for $6.  This is a tremendous deal, stock up while you can.

I enjoyed the wine while I was chowing down on a Del Taco Macho beef burrito and extra-crispy fries, and it was a great pairing.  If fast food ain’t your thing, as a Pacific Northwest native my default pairing for pinot noir is always salmon.

Last week at the Belly Up I saw Rufus Wainwright with his sister Lucy Wainwright Roche opening, and it was the most amazing transcendent musical experience.  If you have an opportunity to see them live, do it.  The seminal Rufus Wainwright selection is his cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”.  He performed it as an encore with Lucy and it bought the house down.  I’m only picking this one (out of the other great Wainwright Roche selections) as she had everyone at the Belly Up singing along to the Bruce Springsteen classic “Hungry Heart.”