Rosy, complex in its infancy, and subtly sweet in just the right places.
I have been following the path of Seghesio’s coastal Pinot Noir since its launch in 2004. This is, by far, their strongest effort. In the glass, it’s bliss. On paper, from the perspective of a hardcore Pinot enthusiast, there may be some points of concern. First, it’s expensive—$42 for non-club members ($33.60 Centennial Club price). Second, big alcohol at 15%. It’s sourced from 3 separate, albeit highly respected, vineyards. The underlying nuances and subtle variations attributed to single vineyard wine is often the name of the game at this price point—the heart and sole what makes Pinot Noir and entity unto itself. Lastly, Seghesio is a name synonymous with Zinfandel, magicians in my eyes, and Pinot lovers can be dismissive to non-devotee producers.
From the tasting tome:
Remarkably balanced, easily decipherable refined aromas and flavors. Strawberry and raspberry, rose petals and fruit blossoms, graham and nutmeg, sweet pear and rhubarb. The finish is roused by a quick bubble gum-like punch. A varietally true Pinot Noir with pleasing acidity and a backbone. It’s big, but nimble—“like a 7-foot kilted Scottish Highlander,” as Carey aptly described.
Sadly, this review is probably going to be more relevant as a post-consumption reference—perhaps to other club members seeking out reviews, or those looking to pick up a bottle after having plucked it off a wine list somewhere. There just isn’t much Costiera to go around; the best chance would be from the winery directly. This could be an example of a wine whose supply is pretty much exhausted by club members. But, I can guarantee there is some behind bars in the Seghesio cellar library! I think it’s time for Ted Seghesio to launch a Pinot project on a grand scale! Rob and Carey will be waiting patiently.
[The Seghesio wine library, aka the 750 slammer (I made that up!).]