Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Slap You In The Back Of The Neck

Review: Block 45 Pinot Noir California

Bottom Line: Who knows what the hell happened here, but it wasn't good.  Skip this vintage - unless you're a masochist.  $15

The Rest Of The Story:  After a long line of wines that have landed somewhere between decent and great, this:

We've had the 2005 vintage of this wine several times and liked it enough to buy a case of it.  We couldn't find jack about this winery online back then - and we still can't.  Best guess is that it's produced by a private label outfit who sells it all to Whole Foods...

Whatever the background, we saw the 2008 vintage (again, at Whole Foods - and only at Whole Foods) and decided to give it a whirl.  No idea what happened to the 2006 and 2007 vintages - if there even was any produced in those years - but more apropos, we've got no idea what happened to this wine.

Damn!   It's BAD - astringent, ugh, yuck, phloohey.  The nose fools you in with a slightly funky, but otherwise pleasant nose.  Then, splat, it craps in your coffee mug.  Perhaps a small rodent with a full belly fell into the fermenter during crush.  It's got none of the characteristics of common flaws (TCA, brettanomyces, etc.) to suggest that it was a bad bottle or somehow damaged outside the vinification process.  Instead, it's out of balance with a strong sweet component (what are those little marshmallow candies called?  Tweets?) and a slap-you-in-the-back-of-the-neck finish.

Ouch.  Brutal drink.

2 comments:

  1. Question: What about this wine merits the second star??!

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  2. Great question. All wines get 1 star just for manging to get the cork into the bottle. Think of it in terms of T-ball for kids: everyone gets at least one trophy. The second star was a charitable nod to the fact that the nose on this wine didn't burn any eyebrows. For an example of the difference between a one and two star wine, see the review of the Turning Leaf White Zinfandel we did a few weeks back (http://tinyurl.com/2wowps7).

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