We’re wine club members at Riverbench and we pulled out the 2009 Riverbench Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir for tasting today.
|Steve’s Comments||Mary’s Comments|
|B+||Bright red but a bit on the light side.||Color||Bright raspberry color but looks a bit thin.||A|
|A||A nice hazelnut aroma.||Aroma||Wonderful aroma of mixed berries with a bit of barnyard.||A|
|A+||Starts very nicely with bright fruit.||Start||Lots of fruit at the start but it is a bit tart.||B|
|A-||Good red fruit in the middle.||Middle||A light middle that’s too thin for me.||B-|
|A||Long soft fruit finish with just a touch of tannin.||Finish||Big fruity finish with noticeable tannins.||A-|
|A||I like this wine very much. It isn’t the best they make but it is why we’re wine club members.||Overall||It has a weak middle and a bit harsh at the end but the excellent flavors compensate well.||A-|
We both like this wine and look forward to opening another bottle soon. We did notice that it didn’t pair well with sushi so we’ll be trying the wine with a different food the next time.