Smoking Loon

The Original California Pinot Noir

8.5495 ratings
8.02 pro ratings
California, USA
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
Keith Wylie

This is actually from Valle Central, Chile (not California). I don't usually do Pinot Noir but I picked this up because 1. The label is pretty. 2. I like South American wines. 3. I love the name Smoking Loon. 4. It was $6 at Publix and that's about my wine budget. 5. What the heck I'll give Pinot another shot. The bottle says this medium body but it's fuller (heavier?) than any other Pinot I've had. There is something distinctively South American about it - it has that spicy undertone. I would describe the flavor as currant but I've also never had a currant so take that for what it's worth. Overall I'm very impressed and would buy again.

This is actually from Valle Central, Chile (not California). I don't usually do Pinot Noir but I picked this up because 1. The label is pretty. 2. I like South American wines. 3. I love the name Smoking Loon. 4. It was $6 at Publix and that's about my wine budget. 5. What the heck I'll give Pinot another shot. The bottle says this medium body but it's fuller (heavier?) than any other Pinot I've had. There is something distinctively South American about it - it has that spicy undertone. I would describe the flavor as currant but I've also never had a currant so take that for what it's worth. Overall I'm very impressed and would buy again.

3 people found it helpfulNov 15th, 2015
Johnny Kitson

The best Pinot Noir ever

The best Pinot Noir ever

3 people found it helpfulJun 3rd, 2014
Stephanie Ruthberg

Not as fruit forward as I prefer but a good Pinot.

Not as fruit forward as I prefer but a good Pinot.

1 person found it helpfulMar 20th, 2014
Cayla Iwaniuk

Okay pinot noir

Okay pinot noir

Aug 10th, 2017
Aaron Salisbury

Smokey, smooth, and dry.

Smokey, smooth, and dry.

Jul 18th, 2017
Stephanie Huskins

Didn't love it, a bit too dry for my taste

Didn't love it, a bit too dry for my taste

Apr 21st, 2017
Paula Strebig

2014 - heavier & darker than an Oregon Pinot Noir. Understated fruit on the nose. Red fruit & cherry fruit forward. A little spicy niceness with more oaky finish than expected. Seems like a Cab's little brother with a hint of Malbec . Easy drinking, budget friendly wine. (Shish-kabobs on a spring evening)

2014 - heavier & darker than an Oregon Pinot Noir. Understated fruit on the nose. Red fruit & cherry fruit forward. A little spicy niceness with more oaky finish than expected. Seems like a Cab's little brother with a hint of Malbec . Easy drinking, budget friendly wine. (Shish-kabobs on a spring evening)

Apr 11th, 2017
Melissa Lund Ziegler

Bland, but smooth

Bland, but smooth

Mar 5th, 2017
Maniac TJ

Middle of the line wine. Did wear on, during pasta dinner, afterwards returned to basic

Middle of the line wine. Did wear on, during pasta dinner, afterwards returned to basic

Feb 18th, 2017
Kristin Marie

😻 smokey

😻 smokey

Feb 3rd, 2017