Pinot Hero

Thin transparent ruby with just a hint of garnet at the wide sloping edges. Crystalline, slightly hot nose showing steroidal affectations of Pinot Noir. Rich round slightly-hot carmelized fruit, oozing chocolate, multi-vitamins and spring water, all tucked nicely into massive clean barnyard.

Pinot From Paso. The world’s shortest book. You will find people everywhere (mostly in Paso) who claim Paso can make Pinot. You will find people who insist on Goldberg’s interpretation or HMR or Jack Creek or various other nooks and crannies tucked into *cool climate* by biased and relative definition only. Let’s face it: at its best it is a chubby little slightly burnt nuanced wonder stretching the varietal boundaries of the grape and at its worst it is a chubby little slightly burnt nuanced wonder stretching the varietal boundaries of the grape.

In the mouth, nothing’s going to bowl Burg-hound over. For a simple wine, this pumps out quite a bit of *pinot*. Sweet candied fruit–but thin and bright for the extra point–with nice briar and a bit of pepper in the finish. For the dollar-point and the focus, this wins on all levels. It doesn’t suffer from any of the woes befalling those who try too hard with Paso Pinot. It’s yummy and infinitely drinkable–even quaffable–and I could see LOTS of people who turn pu their nose at Pinot REALLY enjoying this bottle.

2016 HEROE (Sculpterra Vineyards) Pinot Noir Paso Robles CA 13.0

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