Monday, June 20, 2011
2009 Cycles Gladiator Pinot Noir
The wine lacks the minerality and complex finish of the best Pinot Noirs, but hey, it only costs $10. In this price range, most Pinots lack interesting flavor, have noticeable defects, or come across as either anorexic (too thin) or over-fruity. Cycles Gladiator has none of those problems. It would be great if more winemakers could deliver Pinot Noirs like this for $10.
If you want to compare two types of Pinot Noirs on a budget, savory-meaty vs. earthy-fruity, try this in a blind tasting with a Hahn Estates Pinot Noir.
In wine-bullshit jargon: "Salted saddle leather and stewed San Marzano tomatoes with a pleasing mouthfeel."
Profile: Minimal sweetness, minimal tannins, medium or greater acidity, medium or medium-full body.
Flavors: Meat with pepper, faint salt and tomato.
Value: Good Buy (explanation)