Russian River Valley
2016 / $19 / 14.5%
Russian River Valley, California
I really wanted to be witty and put some humor into this post as this wine is called Juggernaut. Cuz, I mean…. I’m the Juggernaut bitch! (VERY MUCH NSFW!) Now that I got that off my chest, I must say that this wine is just outstanding. I picked it up with absolutely no idea what it was about or if it was any good. I was sold purely by the name and the label design. What can I say? I’m a fan of fancy artwork! This time fortunately, the wine was just as good as the bottle design.
I went to the store with the intentions of buying a few bottles. One had to be a Pinot and the others were going to be game time decisions. Normally I venture to the Oregon section but over the past few months I’ve tasted my way through Westchester Wine Warehouse’s Oregon selection (step it up WWW), so I decided to peruse the California isle. I wasn’t trying to break the bank and settled on this bottle. It’s badass wolf/bear design really caught my eye on the shelf – honestly I really don’t know what the animal is but it’s cool as shit. Priced under $20, I just had to pull the trigger.
I haven’t had many Pinots from the Russian River Valley and if this is any representation of what they pump out, I’m sold! It’s honestly a great change from my normal dabbling in Willamette. The smell, damn! The color, hot!, the taste, ooooo weeeee! What I really enjoyed most about it was that even though it’s a light wine, it has a nice little kick to it on the follow through. It really left me wanting more. Juggernaut is fantastic and is absolutely to be recommended and purchased again.
I’m buying a few more bottles of this bad boy and if you can find one for yourself, I suggest you do the same. It paired very well with salmon and I can see myself drinking it with other light meals or simply by itself. Juggernaut and a plate of shrimp scampi is definitely a night in the near future I’m looking forward to!
Taste – 8
Recommend – 9
Price – 9
Smell – 8
Complexity – 7
Overall – 41 out of 50
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