I have had the Castle Rock Pinot Noir many times and have been singlularly unimpressed. These were undoubtedly the Castle Rock California cuvee and not the Mendocino one. Mendocino is an excellent appellations, but many wine store buyers are simply not savvy enough about appellations to recognize the difference. I bought this from Costco...for $8.99, the same price as the California cuvee at other stores. It is much, much better and a truly good value.
Like the California cuvee, this has enough fruit sweetness to please the casual buyer. But it also has some serious touches. Beautiful floral scents. Raspberry, strawberry and gingery spices--in the Northern California mode. Has that silky Pinot texture, and a long finish. I think it will improve with a few years in the bottle.