Ninety Plus Cellars California Pinot Noir Lot 179 Review

Easy-drinking, red berry fruit-forward Pinot Noir of exceptional value, if not much character. It lacked structure and finish.

Wine review by: Jessyca Frederick

California Pinot Noir Lot 179
California Pinot Noir Lot 179: front of bottle with wine in glass

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About this Wine

Wine: 2022 California Pinot Noir Lot 179
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Region: California
Retail price: $12.49
I consumed it: April 2024
My source: 90+ Cellars Wine Club

The Back Label

California Pinot Noir Lot 179Back Label

Where to Buy It

Buy it at: Ninety Plus Cellars

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From this wine club: 90+ Cellars Wine Club

From this winery: Ninety Plus Cellars

Region: California

Wine color/style: Red wine

Grape variety or blend: Pinot noir

Tasting notes: Red fruit, Vanilla

Other characteristics: Smooth

California Pinot Noir Lot 179: What I think

Pinot Noir — whether you love it or hate it — is a great wine for beginners, and this particular Pinot Noir is perfect for beginners or those ready to move on beyond sweet wines like Moscato.

Overall, I found this wine to be impressive for $12.49, but I didn't like that the wine lacked structure (tannins and acidity) and I really didn’t like the vanilla. Vanilla in wine comes from the oak or the yeasts used to ferment the sugars into alcohol. Either way, it’s not a natural flavor and is often dispatched to cover a wine’s flaws (typically when they’re produced with cheaper grapes).

My tasting notes: I found the wine had red fruit, cherry blossom, and rose petal on the nose. It tasted primarily of redcurrant, cherry, and vanilla, with a hint of strawberry, black tea, and fall leaves. The mouthfeel was smooth and round, with a medium body and medium finish.

90+ Cellars is a wine negociant. They source wine in all stages of production — from grapes in the vineyard to finished wines — and bottle them under their own label. Many other companies use the negociant model, which was invented in France, and for value-seeking wine lovers who want more than Barefoot or Apothic, 90+ Cellars is a must-see winery.

Last updated: May 3, 2024

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