Clear light garnet with wide clear edges. Burnt rubber and desiccated cherry dominate–in both definitions–*dried* AND *lacking interest*. A still, new Tupperware over moderately-soiled straw bedding with a touch of wet paper. Not even remotely compelling. I’ve had this label before–couldn’t quite remember WHOSE second label it was, but a friend reminded me it was Starlane/Dierberg. There were three of these on the clearance shelf for 16$ and I am glad I did not do my usual and grab all three, but–mostly because of the number of bottles on my Research Shelf–only bought one. I am not sure what the regular price is, guessing 25-32, but it is really not worth even the 16 dollars. It is a frightfully dreadful Pinot Noir–even after reminding oneself you are getting Dierberg fruit for 16 pesos. Boring and sweet, I’m guessing age has a bit to do with its downfall, but not much–it’s ONLY 5yo! Oxidized, yes. Plasticine, awkward fruit, check. In the mouth, true to bouquet, with burnt rubber and bitter dry over-ripe cherry dominating and the whole package washes away with paint-thinner bitterness.
2010 THREE SAINTS Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley 13-5