Full Review

Cape May

Cape May
2017 Pinot Noir, Penninsula

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.3%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$22

Cape May
2017 Pinot Noir, Penninsula

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.3%
Dusty garnet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of dried cranberries, cherry preserves, hints of cola, caramelized mushrooms, black licorice, and rooibos tea with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish with moderate oak flavor. A fuller-bodied Pinot Noir with great complexity and style; Cape May over-delivers with this highly pairable and attractive offering that will certainly delight at holiday meals.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: dried cranberries, cherry preserves, hints of cola, caramelized mushrooms, black licorice, and rooibos tea
Taste Flavor: dried cranberries, cherry preserves, hints of cola, caramelized mushrooms, black licorice, and rooibos tea
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fuller-bodied Pinot Noir with great complexity and style; Cape May over-delivers with this highly pairable, attractive Pinot that will certainly delight at holiday meals.

The Producer

Cape May Winery & Vineyard

The Producer
711 Townbank Rd
Cape May, NJ 08204
USA
1 609-884-1169

Their Portfolio

85 Cape May 2016 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, New Jersey 13.9% (USA) $24.00.
85 Cape May 2016 Chardonnay, American 13.4% (USA) $20.00.
86 Cape May 2016 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, New Jersey 13.9% (USA) $24.00.
87 Cape May 2017 Reserve, Chardonnay, New Jersey 12.8% (USA) $23.00.
89 Cape May 2017 Chardonnay, New Jersey 12.8% (USA) $20.00.
87 Cape May 2017 White , New Jersey 13.1% (USA) $15.00.
85 Cape May 2017 Rosé, New Jersey 12.9% (USA) $15.00.
86 Cape May 2016 Merlot, New Jersey 12.6% (USA) $21.00.
89 Cape May 2016 Cabernet Franc, New Jersey 13% (USA) $19.00.
89 Cape May NV Red Blend, New Jersey 12.8% (USA) $18.00.
BR Cape May 2019 Vidal Blanc, New Jersey 14.3% (USA) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Cape May 2019 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, Cape May Penninsula 11.8% (USA) $24.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Cape May 2017 Cabernet Franc, Outer Coastal Plain 13.3% (USA) $20.00.
91 Cape May 2017 Red Meritage, Outer Coastal Plain 13.9% (USA) $18.00.
93 Cape May 2017 Pinot Noir, Cape May Penninsula 13.3% (USA) $22.00.
BR Isaac Smith NV White Port, New Jersey 18.5% (USA) $21.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Isaac Smith NV Port, New Jersey 18.5% (USA) $29.00.
87 Isaac Smith 2014 White Port, New Jersey 18.5% (USA) $45.00.
89 Isaac Smith 2011 Port, New Jersey 18.5% (USA) $52.00.
BR Isaac Smith 2019 White Domestic Port-Style Wine, New Jersey 18.5% (USA) $21.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Isaac Smith NV Red Domestic Port-Style Wine, New Jersey 18.5% (USA) $29.00.
88 Isaac Smith 2019 Apple Wine, Outer Coastal Plain 12.5% (USA) $14.00.

Pinot Noir

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Serve in a Burgundy Wine Glass
Pinot Noir is one of the world’s most fascinating red varieties. While many red grapes produces wines of power and youthful intensity, a wine made from Pinot Noir is often more refined with higher acidity and lower levels of tannins. The spiritual home for Pinot Noir is Burgundy, where it is produced in many styles, from very light to examples that can age for two to three decades.

Pinot Noirs tend to have aromas and flavors red cherry fruit, while some offer notes of wild strawberry, plum or even floral notes such as carnation and red roses. As tannins in Pinot Noir are not as pronounced as in a grape such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Nebbiolo, most Pinot Noirs can be enjoyed upon release, which is usually two to three years after the vintage.

Burgundy works extremely well for Pinot Noir, as it is a cool climate; a warm or hot climate would not bring out the perfumes of the variety. Thus growers in several countries have planted Pinot Noir in their coolest regions, looking to emulate Burgundy. These include the Willamette Valley in Oregon; Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills in California (among others); Central Otago in New Zealand; Casablanca and San Antonio Valleys in Chile and the Rheinhessen, Pfalz and Baden in Germany (where the grape is known as Spatburgunder). The concept of terroir – a wine is the producet of its specific environment – is most often associated with Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noirs tend to pair well with poultry (duck a l’orange is a classic match), game birds and even certain types of seafoods (as tannins are low), such as salmon, tuna and halibut.