Warmly sensuous in the mouth, this gentle and attractive Pinot Noir offers soft fruit, a mix of berries and plums, that slides gracefully across the palate. It’s dappled with light hints of cracker and chocolate, and the balance is maintained until the very end, where there is a finishing heat spike from the 14.5% alcohol.
Made by Carabella, this popular budget Pinot sports solid, country flavors. Plenty of bright, vivid and tart fruit—berries and cherries—give it a full-bodied, forward expression. But it’s not all front-loaded; there is surprising depth, and overall a fine balance.
Plowbuster is Carabella’s second label, offering this light, balanced, moderately priced Pinot Noir. Wild berries and cocoa powder compete with astringent tannins that taste of green tea. Though slightly bitter, it softens up when paired with heartier stews.