Fresh Off The Truck: 2018 Minasa Los Carneros Pinot Noir [$85 retail for $30 before discounts]

Saturday, February 27, 2021

2018 Minasa Los Carneros Pinot Noir
Direct Link [affiliate, still in stock as of now]
14.5% Alcohol
$30/btl (compare at $85/btl winery direct)

As advertised this is pale in color, but presents attractive aromas and is full of flavor.

In the glass there's brilliant clarity, and on the nose it's classic California Pinot Noir. The wine is so smooth, elegant, and enjoyable.

I initially thought there might be some trouble in the mid-palate but it resolved with some time to breathe.

All in all, I'd say this drinks like a $40-$50 bottle of California Pinot Noir. It shows on the more elegant side of the spectrum and is a terrific example of Carneros [Napa] Pinot.

91/100 WWP: Outstanding


The current Wine Access Amex Offer ends 2/28/2021 so this is one buying suggestion. I'll follow up tomorrow with more thoughts on what to buy based on current inventory. But if you're in a pinch consider buying gift cards for future use.

Bottom Line

I'm going to order a few more bottles of this. I really like the style, and the wine is authentic, appealing, and right in my wheelhouse.

I like it better than their Star Treatment NDA Pinot Noir, but it's not nearly as good as this Santa Barbara Pinot Noir (that costs more than twice as much).

More to come...


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