Full Review

Pin Point

Pin Point
2018 Pinot Noir, Arroyo Seco

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$15
Best Buy

Pin Point
2018 Pinot Noir, Arroyo Seco

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of dried blackberries, cherry jam, toasted pine nuts, roasted root vegetables, and rye crisps with a round, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, distinctive, medium-length finish that exhibits nuances of graphite with well-integrated tannins. Dark blue-fruit flavors show a different side of Pinot Noir; distinctive and delicious.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: dried blackberries, cherry jam, toasted pine nuts, roasted root vegetables, and rye crisps
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of graphite
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Dark blue-fruit flavors show a different side of Pinot Noir; distinctive and delicious.

The Importer

Boutique Bev

The Importer
1319 Military Cutoff Rd. Ste CC #220
Wilmington, NC 28405
USA
1 910-210-6162

Their Portfolio

BR Boutique NV Rosé Water Wine Cocktail , Loire Valley 4.9% (France) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
87 Castillo 2018 Red Blend, La Mancha 13.5% (Spain) $8.00.
BR Castillo 2019 La Mancha 14.5% (Spain) $7.99. - Bronze Medal
BR Castillo de Monlero 2018 Estate Bottled, Tempranillo, Valencia 13% (Spain) $10.00. - Bronze Medal
90 Chevalier du Grand Robert 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Loire Valley 12.5% (France) $14.00.
91 Chevalier du Grand Robert 2016 Bordeaux, Bordeaux AOC 13% (France) $12.00.
88 Chevalier du Grand Robert 2017 Bordeaux Supèrieur, Bordeaux AOC 12.5% (France) $14.00.
87 Chevalier du Grand Robert NV Cremant Brut, Cremant de Bordeaux 12% (France) $14.00.
88 Chevalier du Grand Robert NV Cremant Brut Rosé, Cremant de Bordeaux 12% (France) $14.00.
88 Chevalier du Grand Robert 2019 White Bordeaux, Bordeaux AOC 12% (France) $12.00.
87 Chevalier du Grand Robert 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Loire Valley 12.5% (France) $14.00.
90 Chevalier du Grand Robert 2018 Pinot Noir, France 12.5% (France) $14.00.
88 Chevalier du Grand Robert 2019 Clairet Dry Rosé, Bordeaux AOC 13.5% (France) $14.00.
87 Chevalier du Grand Robert 2018 Haut-Médoc 13.5% (France) $17.99.
88 Contempo 2018 Merlot, Central Valley 13% (Chile) $10.00.
90 Contempo 2018 Montepulciano, Abruzzo DOC 13% (Italy) $10.00.
86 Contempo 2019 Rosé, Cachapoal Valley 12% (Chile) $10.00.
89 Contempo 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Cachapoal Valley 12% (Chile) $10.00.
87 Contempo 2019 Chardonnay, Cachapoal Valley 13% (Chile) $10.00.
BR Contempo NV Moscato Vino Frizzante, Moscato, Veneto IGT 8% (Italy) $10.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Contempo NV Prosecco DOC 11% (Italy) $10.00.
87 Contempo 2019 Estate Grown, Merlot, Central Valley 13.5% (Chile) $10.00.
BR Contempo 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley 13% (Chile) $10.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Contempo 2019 Inferno, Central Valley 13% (Chile) $10.00.
87 Contempo 2019 Pinot Noir, Cachapoal Valley 13% (Chile) $10.00.
89 Contempo 2020 Chardonnay, Cachapoal Valley 13% (Chile) $10.00.
87 Contempo 2020 Dry Rosé, Cachapoal Valley 12% (Chile) $10.00.
88 Contempo 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Cachapoal Valley 12% (Chile) $10.00.
88 Contempo 2019 Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie DOC 12% (Italy) $10.00.
88 Contempo 2019 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC 13% (Italy) $10.00.
87 Contempo 2019 Barbera, Piemonte DOC 12.5% (Italy) $9.99.
BR Currency 2016 Chardonnay, California 14.1% (USA) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Currency 2016 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13% (USA) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
87 Currency 2018 Pinot Noir, Arroyo Seco 13.5% (USA) $14.00.
88 Currency 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 13% (USA) $14.00.
85 Currency 2018 Reserve, Pinot Noir, Lodi 13% (USA) $13.99.
87 Les Dauphins 2018 Côtes du Rhône Rouge 14% (France) $14.99.
BR Les Dauphins 2019 Rosé, Côtes du Rhône 12.5% (France) $11.99. - Bronze Medal
89 Pin Point 2018 Pinot Noir, Arroyo Seco 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
88 Pin Point 2018 Pinot Noir, Lodi 13% (USA) $14.99.
85 Quanta 2017 Crianza, Monastrell, Yecla 14.5% (Spain) $12.00.
85 Raw Bar 2019 Vinho Verde 9.5% (Portugal) $10.00.
89 Sea Salt 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 12.5% (New Zealand) $14.00.
BR Sea Salt 2018 Dry Rosé, New Zealand 14% (New Zealand) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Sea Salt 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 12.5% (New Zealand) $14.00.
87 Sea Salt 2019 Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 12.5% (New Zealand) $14.00.
86 Sea Salt 2019 Sparkling Dry Rosé, East Coast 12.5% (New Zealand) $14.00.
BR Sea Salt 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 13% (New Zealand) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
87 Sea Salt 2020 Rosé, East Coast 12.5% (New Zealand) $14.00.
BR Sea Salt Unsalted NV Concord, Michigan 12% (USA) $10.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Sea Salt Unsalted NV Cherry, Michigan 12% (USA) $10.00. - Bronze Medal

Pinot Noir

Wine Glass Burgundy.jpg
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.