Love Noir asks a question; what is the dark side of Pinot Noir? Typically a lighter red, Love Noir suggests a darker, more espresso and dark cherry laden experience. So can this California Pinot Noir convert the Cabernet and Merlot lovers?
Sight: Without a doubt, it appears darker than a traditional Pinot Noir, leaning more into dark bing cherry color with a firm edge.
Smell: Cherries mixed with dried cranberries, and pops of ripe red fruits and red vines come through. Slight notes of vanilla hide in the background.
Sip: The body is on the moderate to heavy side, with a lot of weight and a nice peaked acidity. Plenty of cherry, cranberry, and red plum are all present. A touch of oak lingers in the background adding a bit of espresso.
Savor: The ending is surprisingly tannic for pinot noir, but not quite into merlot territory. The red fruits keep lingering with just a touch of oak.
As someone that doesn’t count Pinot Noir among my favorites, Love Noir Pinot Noir is a nice deviation from the norm. As Pinot Noir goes, Love Noir is a bit too heavy and lacks the nuance of the Pinot Noir of Willamette and Santa Barbara. That said, it’s still a good wine, and fans of Merlot, Malbec, and Syrah should all give Love Noir Pinot Noir a try.
Verdict: Cherry, Cranberry, Oak, Red Fruit
Livermore and Ripon, California