Smoking Loon

The Original California Pinot Noir

8.5505 ratings
8.02 pro ratings
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
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
Debra Cortes

Spicy and delicious....

Spicy and delicious....

1 person found it helpfulJul 24th, 2016
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
Pablo Cetlinski

Nice table pinot

Nice table pinot

Jul 11th, 2018
Neal Ferry

It’s been awhile, however still has that peppery taste

It’s been awhile, however still has that peppery taste

Mar 5th, 2018
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