Review: Left Coast Cellars 2013 Pinot Noir and 2014 White Pinot Noir

Willamette, Oregon-based Left Coast Cellars makes pinot noir — no surprise there — but it comes in two varieties: A standard red cuvee and a white wine. All grapes have white juice of course; the color comes making the wine with the skins. But white varieties of the major red wine grapes are quite rare. Let’s see this one pans out, alongside its standard pinot…

2013 Left Coast Cellars Cali’s Cuvee Pinot Noir Willamette Valley – Very light body, with fresh berries backed by light floral elements. Secondary character includes a hint of cinnamon, with just a little fresh thyme to back things up. Things turn slightly strange — a bit sweet with more baking spice than I’d like — as the finish builds. Quite drinkable, particularly with food. B+ / $24

2014 Left Coast Cellars White Pinot Noir Willamette Valley – There’s a reason they turn pinot noir grapes into red wine, it seems — this white offers some initial grassiness and minerality, but this evolves into a lightly vegetal overtone, with a hint of mushroom character. This evokes a relatively low-end white, but the unique varietal choice makes it more interesting than that simply on a novelty basis. B- / $24

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  1. Gustavo Williams September 12, 2015 / 11:18 am

    Let’s taste it I can’t imagine one white pinot with the special taste of this red wine

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