Full Review

Root Cause

Root Cause
2017 Pinot Noir, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended

Root Cause
2017 Pinot Noir, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried cranberry, raspberry compote, magic marker, toasted nuts, and hints of mocha with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a graceful, quick finish that exhibits notes of graphite and toast with light oak flavor. A light and easy-drinking quaffer to share.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: dried cranberry, raspberry compote, magic marker, toasted nuts, and hints of mocha
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of graphite and toast
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A light and easy-drinking quaffer for the gang.

The Producer

O’Neill Vintners & Distillers

The Producer
8418 S Lac Jac Ave
Parlier, CA 93648
USA
1 559-638-3544

Their Portfolio

90 Austerity 2017 Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco 14.5% (USA) $16.99.
88 Austerity 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 13.5% (USA) $16.99.
BR Austerity 2017 Pinot Noir, Monterey 14.5% (USA) $16.99. - Bronze Medal
88 Austerity 2018 Chardonnay, California 14.5% (USA) $.00.
87 Austerity 2017 Pinot Noir, Monterey 14.5% (USA) $.00.
BR Black Cloud 2018 Barrel Reserve Red Blend, California 13.5% (USA) $.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Buttercup 2019 Rosé, California 12.5% (USA) $9.99. - Bronze Medal
87 Centerpiece 2018 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
85 Cloud Break 2018 Winemaker’s Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.5% (USA) $10.99.
86 Cloud Break 2018 Barrel Reserve, Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
87 Cloud Break 2018 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
BR Cloud Break 2018 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Cloud Break 2019 Winemaker’s Reserve Rosé, California 12.5% (USA) $8.99. - Bronze Medal
87 Cloud Break 2018 Barrel Reserve, Petite Sirah, California 13.5% (USA) $9.00.
86 Creamery 2018 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, California 14.5% (USA) $.00.
BR Day Owl 2018 Rosé, California 12.5% (USA) $14.99. - Bronze Medal
85 Day Owl 2019 Rosé, California 12.5% (USA) $14.99.
90 Exitus 2017 Bourbon-Barrel Aged Red Blend, California 15.9% (USA) $19.99.
87 Fireband 2018 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
86 Fireband 2017 Barrel Reserve, Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
87 Firebrand 2017 Barrel Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
85 Firebrand 2017 Barrel Reserve, Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
BR Firebrand 2017 Barrel Reserve Red Blend, California 13.5% (USA) $.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Firebrand 2018 Reserve, Chardonnay, California 14.5% (USA) $12.00.
85 Gravelly Ford 2018 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
87 Gravelly Ford 2017 Pinot Noir, California 13% (USA) $.00.
87 Harken 2018 Barrel-Fermented, Chardonnay, California 14.5% (USA) $14.99.
88 Harken 2018 Barrel Fermented, Chardonnay, California 14.5% (USA) $.00.
92 Intercept 2018 Chardonnay, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $.00.
92 Intercept 2017 Pinot Noir, Monterey County 15% (USA) $.00.
89 Line 39 2017 Pinot Noir, California 14.5% (USA) $10.99.
BR Line 39 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, California 12.75% (USA) $10.99. - Bronze Medal
86 Line 39 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $10.99.
88 Line 39 2017 Chardonnay, California 14.5% (USA) $10.99.
85 Line 39 2018 Pinot Grigio, California 12% (USA) $10.99.
BR Line 39 2016 Excursion Red Blend, California 13.5% (USA) $10.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Line 39 2017 Merlot, California 14.5% (USA) $10.99. - Bronze Medal
90 Line 39 2018 Petite Sirah, California 14.5% (USA) $10.99.
86 Line 39 2017 Merlot, California 14.5% (USA) $10.99.
86 Line 39 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $10.99.
BR Line 39 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.5% (USA) $10.99. - Bronze Medal
86 Line 39 2019 Rosé, California 12.5% (USA) $10.99.
88 Line 39 2018 Petite Sirah, California 14.5% (USA) $10.00.
BR Magna Terra 2018 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $.00. - Bronze Medal
91 Robert Hall 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $14.99.
90 Robert Hall 2017 Chardonnay, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $12.99.
91 Robert Hall 2016 Artisan Collection, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $14.99.
89 Robert Hall 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles 13.5% (USA) $12.99.
89 Robert Hall 2016 Merlot, Paso Robles 14.5% (USA) $14.99.
85 Root Cause 2018 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $.00.
86 Root Cause 2017 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $.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.