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Sean Minor Pinot Noir 2011

Sean Minor Pinot Noir 2011This is an example of a Pinot Noir that is easy on the palate and budget.

Sean Minor Pinot Noir (Central Coast) is light ruby red in color, fruity and light in tannins, with plenty of acidity and dark berry and cherry fruit that make this a very easy to drink wine. Definitely worth checking out, because at this price level ($13), you won’t find many good Pinot Noirs.

The winery itself was founded in 2005 by Sean Minor and family under the name “Four Bears“. Later they changed the label to Sean Minor. The winery also grows other grape varieties such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Vinted & Bottled by Sean Minor, Napa County, CA.

Alc. 13.5%




Century Oak Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Century Oak Cabernet 2011This Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Lodi area in California, a wine region just to the East of San Fransisco between the cities of Sacramento and Stockton.

This wine has a very pleasant rose fragrance and is medium dark red in color. I was expecting a little bit more punch from this wine as I am a big fan of Cabernet Sauvignon’s robustness, but this Cabernet was a little too light bodied for my taste. It has good acidity and medium tannins and an almost overpowering smokey character. Perhaps this wine will improve with some aging.

Produced and bottled by Housley’s Century Oak Winery, Acampo CA.

Alc. 13.85%



Artesa Elements 2009

Artesa Elements 2009Artesa Elements 2009 wine is labeled as a ‘red (table) wine’ and is a blend of  Cabernet Sauvignon (44%),  Tempranillo (22%),  Merlot (16%),  Cabernet Franc (11%), Petit Verdot (3%),  Malbec (3%) and 1% Gracian. The grapes are sourced from 12 vineyards located along the hillside of Alexander Valley (Sonoma County).

That is a lot of different grapes, but the end result is a very nice red blend with intense flavors of blackberry and plum with hints of nutmeg and vanilla. The wine has good acidity and medium tannins, resulting in a smooth, lively finish. The wine is aged for 18 months in French Oak before bottling.

Produced and bottled by Artesa Winery, Napa, CA.

Alc. 14.6%