Wine Review: Block Nine Pinot Noir

Looking for a great Pinot Noir under $20?

Caiden’s Vineyard’s Block Nine is a small production winery focused solely on Pinot Noir. Their niche: quality Pinot Noir at an affordable price. If you aren’t particular where your Pinot grapes come from, this non-AVA California Pinot Noir based in St. Helena, Napa Valley encompasses all of the bright red fruit and toasted oakiness one comes to expect from a California Pinot.

I am personally wary of the value Pinot’s. I feel like it is very hit or miss. Oftentimes you have to know what you are buying in order to get something with some stamina, as you can end up buying something that is so light it tastes like simply essence of fruit rather than any sort of mouthfeel and complexity. This wine is the perfect balance between full and voluptuous and light and elegant.

Never heard of Block Nine? This winemaker surely isn’t new to the wine scene.  For the past nine years,  Larry Levin has been head winemaker for Icon Estates where he oversaw the Franciscan, Mt. Veeder, Robert Mondavi, Estancia, Ravenswood and Quintessa brands. His wines have been on the cover of Wine Spectator and featured in their Top 100 Wines of the Year list. Although Block Nine may be a new venture for Levin, the care and quality of his Block Nine label shines through with full intensity.

Tasting Notes:

The Block Nine Pinot Noir shows a deep, rich color. The aromas show generous bright fruit with a mix of strawberry, violets, dark cherry and hints of leather. Flavorful in the mouth with good body and a velvety texture, this wine shows wild strawberries and a hint of toasted French oak to complete its elegant finish.

Block Nine Pinot Noir 2009 – $15

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Posted on August 9, 2010, in Wine. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Tasted block nine 09 at a restaurant in Blue Ridge, Ga. I’m a Pino exclusive! This wine I must order. Where can I find it in SC?

  2. I found two bottle of dry sauvignon blanc 1970 (fume blanc) Robert mondavi winery, does anyone what is the value of the wine bottle?

  3. I had this tasty wine last weekend in Lewes, DE and loved it. I live in SC and I;m trying to find it in this area.

    • Unfortunately we aren’t able to ship to South Carolina, but we do know that the wine is distributed to stores in the state. I would ask you’re local retailer if he/she could order some for you!

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