Second Bottle


Pinot Noir

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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