Full Review

Arrington Vineyards

Arrington Vineyards
2020 Pinot Noir, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: .05%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$27

Arrington Vineyards
2020 Pinot Noir, California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: .05%
Light garnet color. Aromas of baked cherry, crispy salmon skin, and chocolate covered blackberry with a medium body and a medium chocolate covered cherry, mocha, alpine herbs, and cedar bark finish. Pleasant, simple, and juicy with enough structure to hold up against richer pairings.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: baked cherry, crispy salmon skin, and chocolate covered blackberry
Taste Flavor: chocolate covered cherry, mocha, alpine herbs, and cedar bark
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Pleasant, simple, and juicy with enough structure to hold up against richer pairings.

The Producer

Arrington Vineyards

The Producer
6211 Patton Rd
Arrington, TN 37014
USA
1 615-395-0102

Their Portfolio

88 Arrington Vineyards 2021 Chardonnay, Tennessee 14% (USA) $26.00.
87 Arrington Vineyards 2018 Petite Sirah, American 14.8% (USA) $34.00.
86 Arrington Vineyards 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Tennessee 14.5% (USA) $30.00.
88 Arrington Vineyards 2020 Russell Family Select, Merlot, Tennessee 14% (USA) $30.00.
88 Arrington Vineyards 2021 Kinzley Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Tennessee 13% (USA) $22.00.
87 Arrington Vineyards NV Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County 14% (USA) $25.00.
86 Arrington Vineyards 2021 Riesling, Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $22.00.
BR Arrington Vineyards 2021 Stag’s White Blend, American 13% (USA) $24.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Arrington Vineyards 2021 Antebellum Tennessee Whiskey Barrel-Aged White Blend, Tennessee 14.5% (USA) $28.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Arrington Vineyards NV Celebration Blanc Sparkling Wine, Washington 13% (USA) $36.00.
88 Arrington Vineyards NV Celebration Sparkling Rosé , Washington 13% (USA) $36.00.
BR Arrington Vineyards 2021 Sparkle Blanc, Tennessee 13.5% (USA) $45.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Arrington Vineyards 2020 Sparkle The Rosé, Tennessee 13.5% (USA) $45.00.
88 Arrington Vineyards 2020 KB 14*20 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain 15% (USA) $58.00.
91 Arrington Vineyards 2021 Russell, Merlot, Walla Walla Valley 14% (USA) $30.00.
88 Arrington Vineyards 2022 Kinzley Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Yakima Valley 13% (USA) $24.00.
88 Arrington Vineyards 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills 14% (USA) $32.00.
86 Arrington Vineyards 2020 Pinot Noir, California 14% (USA) $27.00.
91 Arrington Vineyards 2022 Chardonnay, Washington 13% (USA) $27.00.

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.