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Lobo

Lobo
2018 Wulff Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1% RS: <1%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$50

Lobo
2018 Wulff Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1% RS: <1%
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of leather, oregano, cranberry jelly, dried strawberry, and hibiscus tea with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length hints of horehound candy finish with heavy oak flavor. A structured, oaked Pinot Noir for the Cabernet drinker; lovely now with pork, but may develop into something truly special after a few years of cellaring.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Rich & Full, Spicy & Complex & New World
Aroma Aroma: leather, oregano, cranberry jelly, dried strawberry, and hibiscus tea
Taste Flavor: hints of horehound candy
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A structured, oaked Pinot Noir for the Cabernet drinker; lovely now with pork, but may develop into something truly special after a few years of cellaring.

The Producer

Lobo Wines, LLC

The Producer
2275 Soda Canyon Rd.
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-224-8322

Their Portfolio

86 Lobo 2016 Wulff Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $45.00.
92 Lobo 2016 Howl Wulff Vineyards Custom Red Blend, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $65.00.
93 Lobo 2018 Single Vineyard Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $60.00.
92 Lobo 2017 Wulff Vineyards "Howl", Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $70.00.
93 Lobo 2017 Estate Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $70.00.
92 Lobo 2018 Estate Grown Single Vineyard, Merlot, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley 14.2% (USA) $65.00.
93 Lobo 2018 Estate Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $75.00.
92 Lobo 2017 Pinot Noir, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14% (USA) $50.00.
93 Lobo 2019 Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $65.00.
89 Lobo 2018 Howl Custom Red Blend, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $70.00.
94 Lobo 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley 14.4% (USA) $95.00.
91 Lobo 2019 Wulff Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $80.00.
93 Lobo 2019 Wulff Vineyards, Merlot, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley 14% (USA) $70.00.
93 Lobo 2020 Wulff Vineyard, Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $70.00.
90 Lobo 2018 Wulff Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $50.00.
BR Lobo 2021 Wulff Vineyard Rosé, Pinot Noir, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $28.00. - Bronze Medal
94 Lobo 2019 Howl Custom Red Blend, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $70.00.

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.