Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Weekly Wine Review - Central California Red - 2014 Dragonette Pinot Noir, John Sebastian Vineyard

When in doubt, ask a local. Great advice in general, but you might not think about it when visiting a winery.  You may think it would be like asking your local cars salesman who offers good cars in the area...but you'd be wrong!  On a recent trip to Santa Barbara wine country with some great wino friends, we asked at several wineries we visited for suggestions - and more than one recommended Dragonette. Let's see if they knew what they were talking about!

Wine: 2014 Dragonette Pinot Noir, John Sebastian Vineyard

Region: Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County California
Grape Varieties: Pinot Noir

Obtained from: Purchased at winery
Price: $57
Wino4Life Category: Weekend Wine+ (A bit over the $50 weekend limit, but close enough!)

Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.

Appearance: Dark red, translucent.
Aroma: Red fruit, earth, spices.
Taste: Good acidity, spices really come through in the taste. Nicely balanced with a nice earthy finish.

The Grade: I give this one a B+. A bit spend-y nearing the $60 mark, but overall a really nice wine. Looks like the locals knew what they were talking about!  Try some Dragonette if you get a chance!  Cheers!

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