I was selected to rat this wine. I wrote the following prior to the woot! Coming up, so I wasn't aware of the price point beforehand. I will not be going in on this offer.
Again, I'm an Inexperienced wine drinker, so I stick to generalities when describing wine. Hopefully, you can get an idea though from my impressions. I tend to like syrah, cab sav and tempernillo, as far as reds go.
Longboard vineyards, 2009 Pinot noir, Russian river valley
Opened at 7:30
Color: Very light red, true to Pinot style
Smell: a bit of heat, Some berry coming through
First taste: very heavy fruit, not much in the way of tannins or structure
Finish: not much finish, does not linger
Not a lot of complexity, but a very drinkable wine. Definitely an every day drinker
30 mins in glass
Heat has mellowed, unfortunately, so has the fruit. Very non-descript wine.
With pepperoni & italian sausage pizza:
The heat helps the wine standup to the food. This wine may be better suited as a pairing with a nice spicy main course.
An hour in glass
Heat continues to mellow. Fruit has continued to come through.
Two hours in bottle:
Continues to soften, easy drinking fruity Pinot now.
This is a solid every day drinking wine. I would say a good $8-$10 bottle. Probably an 82 or so on a ratings scale. Delivers the fruit without much noise.