2020 Pullus Pinot Noir
"Ah, my love affair with Pullus wines continues…I recently tasted this wine with my good friend, Jason Moore, who distributes these wines, and I couldn’t resist putting it into this club. If you pay attention to such things, you will have noticed that there has been a sprinkling of Pullus wines in various clubs over the past several years. I have been so impressed with so many of their wines that I have been doing my best to slide them into any spots I could. In fact, one of the most popular white wines we have ever carried is the Halozan white blend in a LITER bottle. We featured it in the Classico club in July of 2020. What impressed me about THIS wine was its wonderful, naked varietal character and sheer drinkability – at a crazy low price point. Most Pinots at this price either don’t taste like Pinot or have some kind of stark “flaw” in their structure (like sharp acidity) and/or flavor profile (like “off”, non-Pinot fruit notes, cheap oak spice)…this is Pinot that is well-made and honest and simply delicious. What more could you ask for? It’s been extremely challenging over the 12 years I’ve been doing our wine club to find a Pinot Noir to fit into this club. In fact, I was so curious that I actually counted – and, since May of 2010, I have featured a Pinot Noir only 9 times before this one. So that’s only 10 times in 144 months! One was our own Diva Pinot, 2 were from New Zealand, one from Germany… Yes, it’s that difficult to find good Pinots at this price point! This one absolutely earned its way in. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 3rd because we are planning to host a winemaker tasting and dinner – and Bojan Kobal is one of the winemakers who’ll be pouring his wines IN PERSON! Man Crush alert!!" ~Mike Guerra, Advanced Sommelier
100% Pinot Noir. Hand harvested. The maceration took place in three stages. The first stage is the so-called cryomaceration which lasts three days at very low temperatures. The second stage involves a sudden increase in temperature and a controlled alcohol fermentation. The third stage is the so-called prolonged maceration. The first stage helps to develop the fruitiness and the varietal character, during the second stage the color is extracted, and the third stage adds to the complexity of the wine. The agreeable acids and the harmonious taste were developed through partial ageing in a big 4000-liter barrel for eleven months and small 225-liter French oak barrels.
Wine is of gentle ruby color with a still youthful purple hue, almost transparent, which is typical of Pinot Noir. Bouquet of wine reminds us of black cherry, a delicate blueberry is noticeable as well; tender bouquet of tobacco leaves, dry wood, and fruit notes are beautifully expressed, as well as woody notes that remind us of the scent of toasted bread and delicate caramel. Taste is sophisticated, delicate, elegant, extremely fruity, youthful, which is the result of a lively acidity, typical for the 2020 vintage.