Fair enough, the wine inside is the same no matter what you call it.
In any case, this pinot noir from Sonoma’s Bennett Valley is a tricky wine. The nose is heavy with Burgundy character, and has a bit of green pepper and menthol in it. The nose does have a certain ethanol heat to it that’s hard to ignore.
The body is a classic pinot, a little on the hot side, but lush with fruit — black cherry and some lighter strawberry notes, laced with a touch of wood and gravel. Not bad, but the finish is on the watery side, a weird contrast to the wine’s hot attack.
Only 50 cases made. It likely will be hard to find.
B+ / $32