Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Seaglass Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir, 2010

Outside of Trader Joe's (see below), this wine from Seaglass is what you can expect from a $10 Pinot Noir--not really enough to keep me happy. It has some of the qualities I've found in other Pinots from Santa Barbara County--sweeter fruit along with baking spices such as cinnamon and cloves. This is a style that appeals to many wine drinkers, but I prefer the more intense wild berry fruit and peppery spice of the Pinots from farther north--Anderson Valley, Sonoma Coast or Russian River Valley.

On  the first night, we had the Seaglass Pinot with a tomato based dish that was somewhat acidic; the match was not good. On the second night, we had a very spicy, salty pizza from Erbelli's, and the match was perfect--the hot spices of the pizza countering the sweet fruitiness and actually producing some pleasant savory qualities in the wine.

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