Lil Rippa and Central Schist Pinot Noir 2011· Written Wine Reviews
Aug 23rd, 2012 | By Jayson Bryant | Category: Written Wine Reviews
Lil Rippa and Central Schist Pinot Noir 2011
Two very different wines from the same region, and same vintage. The Lil Rippa, with its Pams font and simplistic label, at first glance offers great value at $20, but once tasted it’s easy to see why. The nose offers little in the way of Pinot characteristics. The palate is astringent, with far too much acid, either added or poor fruit ripeness.
What Lil Rippa does offer is reasonable cooking wine. This wine can be found at most supermarkets.
Central Schist Pinot Noir 2011 offers the consumer more. Aside from the obvious name, far too easy, the wine is vibrant in the glass. The nose offers ripe blackberry, blueberry, and a hint of cinnamon and flint. The palate, albeit medium bodied, offers good ripe fruit, slightly synthetic, with good balance and length.
Both wines are available under $20 and are really entry level Pinot Noir g=from this region. Pay a little more and get a lot more wine for your money. The saying “drink less but better quality” is very much the case with these two wines.