2012 Vinters Collection Reserve Carmenet Pinot Noir, CA
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Well, this is not such good news. Does not taste like a classic Pinot Noir. It has the structure of a Pinot Noir, light body red with some berry, light smoke – my taster said heavy smoke and peppery. I would not be that extreme in my description, but a more refined palette, like my colleague’s could take offense. This wine does not finish smoothly and I did not find it particularly enjoyable. I am certain in a pinch many would find this perfectly drinkable but there are better ones out there for about the same price. Sadly, even for $7.99, this wine gets a rating of barely drinkable. Have you every accidentally left your bottle of wine for the picnic on your kitchen counter and your only solve miles from home is a gas station on a lone highway, well, this could work in a pinch, but I suggest turning around and going home. On to the next….