Thursday, March 5, 2020

Hess Select Central Coast Pinot Noir 2018

Hess Select Central Coast Pinot Noir 2018

It was just in January that Hess had a few reviews on the blog and they're back again for three more, and this time they're all from their Select selection.

I'm starting off with their 2018 Central Coast Pinot Noir. It's 100% Pinot Noir from the 667 and Pommard clones. The Sarmento Vineyard in Santa Lucia Highlands is "featured" in this vintage, although I'm not entirely sure what that means exactly. Is it actually single vineyard or just mostly from that vineyard? The color of the wine is a luminous garnet. The aroma shows raspberries, plums, vanilla, clove, and a little touch of mint. On the palate it's light to medium bodied with a present but tamed acidity, soft tannin, and a gritty earthiness among the aroma descriptors. Then it finishes silky and lip-smacking.

It's a solid Pinot Noir and I enjoyed drinking it, but for a $20 Pinot Noir you can definitely do much better. That said, I don't think you would be disappointed in the purchase.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $20
Rating: 3/5 = Satisfying (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

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