Not sure nature intended for 80,000 cases of Pinot Noir ever to be made but this Pinot—from Mendocino County no less, where the grapes so often shine bright—is syrupy like thick cherry jam with nothing much varietal about it.
A different blend from the Sanel, this one marries Petite Sirah to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It smells hot and overripe. There are some berry flavors, but it’s tannic, acidic, and scours the mouth with heat and roughness. It will probably mellow with age, but now it’s rustic. —S.H.