Thursday, September 10, 2020

Gracianna Wine 2016 Pinot Noir in Review "Hard to Get In"

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APPELLATION: Russian River Valley
VINEYARD: Bacigalupi Vineyard, Westside Road, Healdsburg

VARIETAL: Pinot Noir
WINERY: Gracianna
ALCOHOL: 15.6%


Raspberry | Tart cherry | Vegetal

Invigorating. Bright & high like Elon Musk on Sativa. Perhaps could stand being a bit more tethered or less sharp. Effervescent, almost. Tingly-crisp and long-lasting thatta way. Tart cherry, tangy raspberry -- loudly. Bigly, but elegantly not gaudy. Sturdy lean tannins. Still, a tricky wine to approach. Hard to get in.

Eyeballs to a level w/ delivery crispness & additional murk to that mirth. Magenta-maroon-ish. Purple. A bit of puce at its edges. Undertones are a tick vacant and honed funk. A hint of sunlit herbal earthiness, which is there on the nose. Add to the aroma a fleeting zetz of pepperiness. A bit boozy. All of everything laid out on fresh lively almost jittery oak. 

Complex. Sometimes takes a sharp turn too fast. A bit on [the] edge, say? Edges are there on the medium body. Takes its time opening up. Pair with a pineapple pizza for a late lunch/early dinner. Not very nuanced or well-rounded but if you're looking for fruit-forward zesty, look to this. When leather hits, it's fully opened and cruising well.

A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

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