Operative: Agent Red
Objective: Return to Vergari Wines, a Wine Spies Operative favorite, and secure the newest vintage of David Vergari’s delicious and unique Marin County Pinot Noir, a 93-point (Wine & Spirits Magazine) stunner.
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Vergari Wines
Wine Subject: 2008 Pinot Noir – Marin County
Winemaker: David Vergari
Backgrounder: We first featured a fantastic Marin County Pinot Noir from Vergari, back in early 2011. Our Operatives loved the wine, buying it in record numbers and returning to the winery, itself, to purchase more. Today, we are thrilled to feature the worthy successor to that wine. David Vergari’s brilliant 2008 has garnered much attention, including a stellar 93-point score. If you haven’t tasted David Vergari’s Marin County Pinot Noit, please be sure to try this special wine.
Look – When viewed from the side, the wine appears dark ruby red. Viewed from the top, it shows more clear and light, with a dark pink hue. At the edge of the glass, a fin ring of light pink encircles the wine. After you spin the wine, short, chubby legs take a very long time to appear before slowly running downward to the wine below.
Smell – Spiced cherry candy and young strawberry mingle with dried violets, young blackberry, Bing cherry, cranberry and flinty gunpowder. Underneath, soft cedar, tomato stem and dried leaves round out the nose.
Feel – Light and softly grippy at the tip of the tongue, the wine quickly settles onto the entire palate, introducing a flinty dryness that spreads gradually wound the mouth. Bright acids and soft tannins frame the fruit beautifully.
Taste – Bright and balanced, leading off with spiced cherry, young strawberry, tart cranberry and red plum. The fruit is balanced against earthy dried flowers, flint, subtle dried herbs and cedar. At the very end, a white pepper appears, driving flavors to the far corners of the palate.
Finish – Very long and full of lingering red fruit flavors. Fruit gives way to more earthy delights and as these all begin to tail off, an intriguing white pepper feeling appears, driving flavors even more deeply onto the palate.
Conclusion – Unique, intriguing and oh, so delicious, this is one Pinot Noir that you won’t want to miss. Wine & Spirits Magazine gets it right when they declare, “One of the Top Pinots of the Year” and award the wine a stellar 93-point score. This wine is bright, juicy, tender and delicious. It is the perfect compliment to a great meal, and our tasting panel also found it to be a fantastic Summer solo sipper. It is terrific all on its own. From initial sip, to the intriguing, driving finish, this wine is an exciting treat. Once again, David Vergari (who we call “Agent Elvis”) has crafted another Pinot Noir that is worthy of your table! This wine gets our hearty Wine Spies recommendation.