These rating scales don’t do justice to wonderful wines like this one. If you are looking for a 90+ banger of a wine, then you’ll miss the joy you get from this kind of straightforward pure expression of south Rhone Grenache. It’s so flexible and friendly with so many foods.
If you’ve been drinking $10 wines, then step up to this one and enjoy its clean friendly flavor. If you’ve been snobbishly drinking $25+ wines, then you’re also missing the simple joys of a great table wine like this. — 8 days ago
Disgorged 12-2020. Bone dry and toasty with delicate almond paste, peony, raspberry, and cherry notes. An elegant bottle of bubbly with a vibrant, pink hue.
Comprised entirely of Pinot Meunier grapes and representing an amalgamation of three of the four primary methods for producing rosé wine: 60% direct press, 30% maceration, blending in 10% red wine.
— a month ago
I like this wine because when you taste it, your are pushed into a foreign pinot sanctum. A world where pinot takes on a different meaning. It’s just very different. It’s a paradox, and maybe primitive, but for my wife and I. It does have utility. Day 2 and it’s still a fruit bomb. Sweet, textured and decadent.
I shud have remarked that I pay less than $30 for it! — 2 months ago
Empty bottle shot? Yes, it was that good.
It’s too bad you can’t see the lovely transparent, but electric Fuschia color. Lots of time in contact with the skins — 12 hour maceration and lovingly foot tread prior to press, so drinks more like a light red than a white. There’s real Pinot fruit and Santa Cruz mountain character here: strawberries, rose hips, stones, fresh herbs, cool breezes blowing through the redwoods. Many layers. Rosé of the summer. — 3 days ago
Plush, lush and smooth. Sweetness from the American oak. Not hugely memorably but a very easy drink to enjoy, no sharp edges. — a month ago
I am solidly in the “don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it” school of thought, so I very much violated my own rules when I compared this wine negatively to the Bedrock Evanghelo Zin earlier this year without ever having tried it. I knew I had to right this wrong ASAP and brought this to my group’s blind tasting. The verdict: guilty pleasure wine.
At $9.99 a bottle (the Whole Foods down the street had a special), this wine was a steal (even if priced 2-4x, I would drink this wine over the Prisoner any day).
If you are like me, you don’t believe Snoop would put his name on anything subpar and rest assured, this wine is solid. At first sniff and sip, you get aromas of bruised black plum and blueberry syrup. It’s verging on Port in ripeness and alc (14.1%) and there’s probably some RS but it’s still seductive and pretty. On the palate, the wine is balanced, with a shocking lightness on the initial attack followed by a sweet cigar note, discrete tannins and a pleasant bitterness (a friend suggested later press factions maybe) on the finish to cut the sweetness perfectly.
Not the wine you want every night with dinner (you’ll wake up with a raging headache), but the wine you want with a blue cheese burger or saucy barbecue. And you’ll gladly pour yourself another glass. Mostly Petit Sirah and Zin.
If this is the bar, I look forward to trying Martha’s Chard. — a month ago
Medium-dark purple color, dark fruits (cassis, dark berry) still pretty youthful with loads of tannic structure, this wine may last longer than me, from the early days when I understand this cuvée had press wine in it, I just wish my dear friend George was still here to share this with me!! — 8 days ago
First time drinking Kistler pinot noir. Rich, full-bodied and delicious. Press Restaurant. — 15 days ago
Very nice lighter Pinot, needs to breath, at Foreign and Domestic, Austin!! — 2 months ago
Notice that there are different cherry pie Pinot noir reviews. This has a black label on bottom. Not red. This is San Pablo bay block that I am reviewing. Cameros Napa valley 14.5% abv A bartender recommended and explained that there is one that is 2nd press and one that is 1st press. This one was $30 at Costco. I paid more at the bar for a bottle. I looked for this at total wine and didn’t find. Was excited to see this at Costco. It’s cherry and silky. This is not a by the glass wine at the restaurant. This is a bottle only wine. There is a less expensive cherry pie Pinot noir than this. Don’t confuse the two. — 2 months ago