Wine review: Mark West 2013 Pinot Noir California

Mark West Pinot Noir 2013It’s damn hard finding a Pinot Noir worth drinking under $20. Really, really hard. Some might even say under $30 is challenging, but I’m not that hard core. But forget under $15… it’s normally sweetened grape juice with a touch of earthiness likely added in with wood chips. But occasionally, if you look and wish hard enough, you can find a wine treasure that you can enjoy everyday without feeling the pinch too much.

I tried the Mark West 2013 Pinot Noir in a blind tasting lineup and pretty much everyone (from wine novices to wine pros) thought it was solid. Especially for the low, low price of $12.

The Mark West 2013 Pinot Noir is blended with 6% Syrah and 4% Petite Sirah to give it some oomph. But it bears the Pinot hallmarks of tart red cherry, ripe raspberry and a smidge of smoky, toasted oakiness. Light-bodied, feminine and pretty. It’s not going to set the world on fire but definitely¬† appropriate for an every day grog. Chill it down for about 30 minutes in the fridge for maximum enjoyment.

Mark West 2013 Pinot Noir

Sweetness: 2 out of 10
Price: $10-$12
Occasion: Sample sent from winery
Availability: Grocery stores and big box retail stores
Food Pairings: Grilled burgers, Pesto and Smoked Salmon, Black Bean Burgers or medium-hard cheeses like Asiago.

Mark West website

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