Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Noir 2011
From the label, it sounds as though this wine is a blend of pinot noir grapes from around the state. I know Mondavi is a huge name in the wine world, but I honestly haven’t tried much from their label, though I sold plenty of it when I worked in restaurants. This bottle was on a good discount at Safeway, taking it below $10 and thus right at my standard wine price range.
I smell tart cherries with a smooth eucalyptus. It’s thin-bodied. My first thought is that it’s too smooth in flavor, lacking character. But as I chew on it, I appreciate how mellow it is, a nice break from strong tannins. The main notes are vanilla, barely there açai berry, cherry, and a hint of chalky eucalyptus.
It works. It’s not at all memorable, but it works.
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Boeger Hangtown Red El Dorado Red Wine Lot 49
This wine’s label is quite descriptive, recalling the days when Placerville was called old Hangtown and the Wild West reigned supreme. The label claims the wine captures that spirit, but we’ll let my taste buds decide whether or not it deserves the noose.
The coloring is dusky red, closer to brown I’d say, and it appears unfiltered and thin. Minimal legs are present. Fruitcake notes of dense molasses and bursts of apricot, plum, and spiced bread dominate its aroma.
It’s much tastier than I expected based on appearances. The fruitcake notion holds up, though it’s closer to moist, spongy gingerbread with vanilla glaze and a lot of plum and candied cherry. It’s a pleasant, enjoyable wine, though it’s not quite as smooth as I’d like. Interestingly, I went to this winery when I was in Placerville last fall, but I didn’t realize the Hangtown was from Boeger until researching for other bloggers’ thoughts on the wine. It’s a great place to visit, so check it out sometime.
Other Blogger’s Thoughts:
Lots of favorable mentions of this wine, but no complete reviews, per se.
Reviewed 28 Jan 14.