Heart & Hands Pinot Noir 2015: $23 Good

Last year’s Pinot Noir from Heart & Hands (the 2014) seemed like a breakthrough for this winery.  It had the vivacity, balance and food friendliness that H&H Pinot Noirs often seemed to lack.  Regrettably, this 2015 is a retreat from the 2014 model.  Very soft, high in alcohol, with mediocre balance and rather odd flavors, this wine needs food, preferably some good cheese.

The Heart & Hands Wine Company Pinot Noir (Finger Lakes, NY) $23 [Good] is light to medium brick in color.  Unusual aromas of strawberry jam, peach, green stems, brown spice, and a peppery/medicinal note are exotic if not especially appealing.  Medium bodied, quite soft, showing some alcoholic “hotness,” with light gritty tannin, balance is fair.  Flavors of very ripe strawberry, peach, balsamic, spice, medicine cabinet and a bitter note have substance but are heavy, lacking vivacity.  The finish is moderately bitter, more firmly tannic, with good length.  August 2017


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