Caretaker Wines

Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

8.4286 ratings
8.11 pro ratings
Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
Chris B.

Smelled like pure burnt charcoal when I opened it. Tasted like overripe plum and strawberries but got considerably smoother after sitting in the decanter for a half hour. Still, a little too young and sassy for me.

Smelled like pure burnt charcoal when I opened it. Tasted like overripe plum and strawberries but got considerably smoother after sitting in the decanter for a half hour. Still, a little too young and sassy for me.

3 people found it helpfulOct 9th, 2016
Katie Watson

Light, easy to drink in summer

Light, easy to drink in summer

2 people found it helpfulAug 25th, 2014
Neil Jones

Light, almost watery?

Light, almost watery?

2 people found it helpfulAug 17th, 2014
Cyrus Limón

Decent. Too much oak though.

Decent. Too much oak though.

1 person found it helpfulJul 24th, 2014
William C. Anderson

This was really flavorful and I appreciate the great aftertaste and aromas.

This was really flavorful and I appreciate the great aftertaste and aromas.

Jul 9th, 2018
Ryan Guy

Toasty oak, cranberry purée, chalk, forest floor. Fresh, lighter in style, with vibrant chewy cranberry fruit. Finishes clean but falls off. Solid weeknight drinker.

Toasty oak, cranberry purée, chalk, forest floor. Fresh, lighter in style, with vibrant chewy cranberry fruit. Finishes clean but falls off. Solid weeknight drinker.

Jun 22nd, 2018
Cake Girl

Had some cheezits before this. Couldn't taste a damn thing. Nose was great though.

Had some cheezits before this. Couldn't taste a damn thing. Nose was great though.

May 29th, 2018
Peg
8.3

I don't taste the complexity described on the label. Agree with another comment that it's a little watery. Hint of wet dog in the finish.

I don't taste the complexity described on the label. Agree with another comment that it's a little watery. Hint of wet dog in the finish.

Mar 29th, 2018
Derek Roberts

Once decanted it’s very good. Awesome Pinot.

Once decanted it’s very good. Awesome Pinot.

Mar 20th, 2018
Thomas Brenner

Good enough for me. And I have standards

Good enough for me. And I have standards

Mar 8th, 2018