Forge Cellars “Classique” Pinot Noir 2016: $26 Very Good

The Forge Cellars “Classique” Pinot Noir (Finger Lakes, NY) 2016 $26 [Very Good]  has solid warm/meaty flavors that show the heat of the 2016 vintage.  While not as charming or complex as the 2015, it is a solid bottle of Pinot Noir.  Sip or drink with food.

Light ruby in color, the mellow aromas are warm and enticing, with scents of toast, roasted nuts, baking spice, red and black fruit, and a hint of farm yard.  Full bodied, with a good deal of gritty tannin, balance is good.  The tannin subsides with aeration.  Straightforward flavors of red and black fruit have medium intensity and are accompanied by roasted nuts, toast, baking spice and herbs.  The finish is of a piece, gritty, with good to very good length.  March 2018


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