The Caiden’s Vineyards Pinot Noir from Block Nine is reliably one of the best value California Pinots available, year in, year out. The quality comes as no surprise when you understand that this wine comes from a producer that makes only Pinot Noir. The varietal receives undivided attention, and the result is exceptional small-production Pinot.
The 2018 is beautifully long, rich in ripe cherry and berry flavours. Aged entirely in French oak, the nose shows generous bright fruit, with strawberry, violets, plum, tea, and a hint of clove. Lifted and silky on the palate with good body, notes of wild cherry and sandalwood round out the finish. This is proving to be a terrific vintage.
“Hints of spicy oak and black tea dress up this nicely balanced and medium-bodied wine, complementing the fresh red cherry and raspberry flavors. The wine is lively and flavorful and will be versatile at lunch, cocktail hour or dinner.”
89 points + Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast, Dec 2019