Firesteed pinot noir 2006

I’ve been a bit quiet of late, which I would be more sorry about if I were writing for anyone but myself, but it’s still not very good. So I’m going to post twice tonight. This isn’t because I’m getting totally bladdered on the sofa – this is another night’s wine. I was quite excited about it at the time, having read a lot about Oregon pinots without experiencing any of them. I got this at Costco, of all places, where it came in a little over £9 – not a cheap wine by any means, but less than most Oregon pinots and worth, I felt, a bit of a punt.

I don’t think it lived up to my expectations. It was certainly pleasant, nicely rounded, with good, mouth-watering acidity, but it didn’t have any spiciness to it. It was extremely easy to drink, but perhaps a little too much so for my tastes. A bit of research revealed that Firesteed are a relatively high-volume producer, having been created with the express purpose of creating cheaper versionsof America’s more expensive styles. When they started making wines they didn’t even have a vineyard, sourcing their grapes from various producers in the area. They now grow some of their own grapes, but this wine comes from the Willamette, Umpqua, Rogue and Walla Walla Valleys of Oregon. A very professional operation, and a very professional product, but I reckon that £9 can be better invested.

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