NINETY + CELLARS | Pinot Noir | Lot 75 | Russian River Valley | 2018
pinot noir


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Today we are going to review a wine from a region that showed to the world, what one is able to achieve with the right clones planted on right terroir – Pinot Noir Lot 75 Russian River Valley 2018 by Ninety + Cellars – a winemaker that came up with the idea to sell wines from top-rated wineries behind his own label at much lower prices. But why would those wineries want to do that, you might ask, well because it was a win/win scenario for everybody, as wineries got to sell more wine, while consumers got access to better wines at lower prices. The economy wasn’t in the best shape at that time, with ever decreasing demand for premium wines and stocks of unsold wines piling up in the wineries, therefore rather than sell the wines at discounted prices and diminish the value of their brands, wine producers decided that it is much better to part with a certain amount of their wines for a reduced price under the cover of a new wine label. That said, without further ado, let’s take a look at the wine tasting results.
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:


clarity: clear | hazy | cloudy | misty
brightness: dull | hazy | bright | starbright
concentration: translucent | pale | medium | deep | opaque
color: indigo | purple | ruby | garnet | copper
hue: indigo | purple | ruby | garnet | copper

stain: light | medium | heavy
viscosity: low | medium | high
gas evidence: yes | no
sediment: yes | no

outset: clean | faulty [TCA | sulphur | ethyl acetate | geosmin | brett | oxidation | VA]
intensity: delicate | light | moderate | rich | powerful
fruit profile: red fruits | black fruits | blue fruits | berry fruits
__red fruits: sour cherry | sweet cherry | red plum | red currant | cranberry
__black fruits: black cherry | black plum | blackcurrant | blackberry | black raspberry
__blue fruits: blue plum | blueberry | honeyberry | blue huckleberry
__berry fruits: strawberry | raspberry | wild strawberry | goji berry | wolfberry
fruit character: baked | unripe | ripe | overripe | jammy | dried

non fruit: floral | vegetal | herbal | spice | oak | sweet | animal | earth
__floral: orange blossom | roses | peonies | lilac | violet | lavender
__vegetal: dill | bell pepper | capsicum | asparagus | olive
__herbal: eucalyptus | coriander | currant leaf | tomato leaf
__spice: red pepper | black pepper | nutmeg | cloves | anise | rosemary | ginger | mint
__oak: coconut | vanilla | cinnamon | liquorice | tobacco | coffee | chocolate | smoke
__sweet: bubblegum | mocha | sugar powder | molasses | menthol | dried figs
__animal: gravy | capocollo | veal| leather | musk | barnyard | horse saddle
__earth (organic): soil dust | turf | forest floor | compost | mushrooms | truffle
__earth (inorganic): limestone | chalk | slate | flint | aspirin | petroleum | varnish
__wood: [old | new | none] / [dried | roasted | charred]
aroma: primary | secondary | tertiary

sweetness: bone dry | dry | off dry | sweet | extra sweet
acidity: low | med(-) | medium | med(+) | high
alcohol: low | med(-) | medium | med(+) | high
tannin: low | med(-) | medium | med(+) | high
__grip: fine | ripe | firm | green | rough
texture: creamy | round | lean
body: light | medium | full
balance: bad | poor | fair | good | fine
__dominant: sugar | acidity | alcohol | tannin | none
complexity: simple | moderate | complex

fruit profile: red fruits | black fruits | blue fruits
fruit character: baked | unripe | ripe | overripe | jammy | dried
non fruit: floral | vegetal | herbal | spice | oak | sweet | animal | earth
aroma: primary | secondary | tertiary
finish: short | med(-) | medium | med(+) | long
aftertaste: rough | astringent | seedy | appealing | velvety

NINETY + CELLARS | Pinot Noir | Lot 75 | Russian River Valley | 2018

variety: pinot noir
origin: old world | new world
climate: cool | moderate | warm
country: United States
region: Sonoma | Russian River Valley
rating: 91.9

maturity: on the rise | in its prime | past its prime | on the decline
verdict: fair | good | fine | great | exceptional

96x96This is definitely a fine wine of United States and, with a total of 91.9 points scored, this wine is right there, among the best wines we’ve rated so far. Check our complete database on the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines that we have tasted and reviewed or go to the about us page and find out more about our exquisite rating system.

Verdict: this is a true, cool climate, new-world pinot noir wine that still too young at the moment – a wine that will surely benefit from another two years of bottle-ageing. Lot 75 comes from Russian River Valley AVA in Sonoma wine country, which is considered one of the greatest pinot noir producing wine regions in the world. The cooling fog from the Pacific Ocean helps to maintain the ideal climate for pinot noir grapes to reach their optimal ripeness. This particular wine has been fermented and aged for 9 months in french and american oak barrels and it comes from a highly-respected winery that has been producing top-rated pinot noir wines for years. It might not have the elegance and finesse of an old-world pinot noir wine, but it does display blueprint characteristics of Sonoma pinot noir – with ripe, roughly-grained tannins, this pinot noir brings power in the foreground and a touch of alcoholic warmth on the palate. The wine tastes of sweet cherry, red pepper, oakwood and fruit jam, with some very subtle smoky hints. Cheers!


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