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2012 The Pinot Project California Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $8.99, screwcap. Founded in 2009 by importer Michael Skurnik. Raised in approximately 15% French oak barrels and 85% stainless steel for 4-5 months. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose is lacking in fruit appeal, showing aromas of exotic spice, oak and underbrush. A bit thin and flat with flavors of black cherry and anise and some finishing presence of black cherry fruit. Pleasant, but dilute and unexciting. Score: 83. Reviewed December 19, 2013

Winery: The Pinot Project
From article: The $9.99 Pinot Noir Challenge