Matrix 2011 Bacigalupi Pinot Noir
I call this the “other” variety of Pinot. I do so because I am a bit biased and definitely favor the “other other” variety.
Pinots are not quite so simple but I made this over generalization when describing California Pinots with some wine newbies recently. I am partial to those big cherry, fruit forward yummies. The “other” variety has leather and tobacco notes that my palate doesn’t love.
Leather and tobacco in the nose in this one but they are very subtle. Not an overwhelming presence which intrigued me. Being the “other” variety, I assumed I wouldn’t it and found myself judging before my palate had a chance to enter the conversation. That is what I get for assuming. Once on the palate, cherry and floral notes jumped into the chorus along with some soft spices and I was left looking like a dribbling idiot. Uhhh what? Then I enjoyed a quick, sharp acid driven mid-palate and then it coasts to a steady finish.
So what do I call this one? The “other other other” Pinot? Thanks for making me redefine my paradigm Matrix. Darn creative wine makers. Whatever you’re doing… Keep it up! There are too many folks doing the same thing following the same rules. My biggest complaint is the price point. It’s a little steep for me. Wish I could afford a few bottles.
(K&S Rating: 4 of 6)
Winemaker Notes: “Savor the aromas of dusty cherry, spicy cranberry, rose petals and toasty oak in this classic Russian River Valley Pinot. The soft entry reveals a nicely balanced wine with understated fruit and lovely oak notes. Creamy black cherry with hints of strawberry and dried herbs balance against the vanillin oak. With this wine, one sip can lead to an empty glass before you know where the time has gone.”