100% Pinot Noir from California.
SRP of $9 and available for as low as $6. Sample received courtesy Balzac Communications for review purposes.
From the bottle:
“‘Besides his bein kinda crazy, they called him the Smoking Loon cause he was so dam efficient,’ Jake began, stubbing out his cigar. ‘He’d take care of business an get in an out before anybody’d see him comin…leavin no trace cept the lingerin sound of his eerie, loon-like cackle. No one was really sure who he was or who he worked for, but when word got out someone needed his services, the Smoking Loon just appeared on their doorstep, like outta thin air or somethin.’
The 2009 Smoking Loon Pinot Noir begins with jammy aromas of red berries and a little baking spice. The wine tastes of dark berries with flavors like blackberry, raspberry and cranberry plus some underlying earthy notes that give way to nice kick of spice. That spice intensifies on the finish and then your left with lingering tart fruit notes. Really very nice and I love the price.
Overall Rating: 7.8
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