Castle Rock Pinot Noir Mendocino County 2006 – 85 points

Plum and apricot nose. Really like the nose, it is very soft. Nice start on the taste but quickly goes very dark and disjointed. Transition is so fast you really can’t get a good read on the start. No mid palate and the finish is extremely bitter.  Sorry folks.  This is not my type of wine.  Too weak and industrial.

Castle Rock Pinot Noir Mendocino County

From Castle Rock’s Website:

Our Castle Rock Pinot Noir was produced from grapes grown in Northern California’s beautiful Mendocino County, where vineyards were first planted in the early 1860’s. Here, the headwaters of the Russian River carve a fertile and rugged landscape. The warm summers, cool springs, crisp falls and wet winters make ideal growing conditions for Pinot Noir grapes, in a climate similar to that of the Burgundy region of France, where the grapes were first established. This elegant and medium-bodied wine has delicate aromas of violet and rose petals, complex flavors and long silky textures, with layers of strawberry and raspberry leading into a long refined finish.

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