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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Cycles Gladiator Pinot Noir 2005

Pinot Noir is a finicky grape to grow, and the wine generally isn't inexpensive. So when an $11 California Pinot sporting an 1890s bicycle poster as its label turned up on the shelves, I was a bit skeptical.

Well, what they saved on label design they must have put into the wine, because it's actually pretty darned good. It doesn't have the complexity and depth of a $40 Oregon Pinot, but it does have the characteristic bright cherry and cola flavors, good body, just enough acidity, and a surprisingly long, pleasant finish. Cooled to 55°F, this wine would be a good way to wash down cucumber rounds topped with rosettes of salmon mousse (perhaps even this weekend)....
M. Zane Grey, 7:19 AM