2014 The Reinert Project Monterey Pinot Noir
Here’s an interesting bottle that arrived at Costco stores around the Atlanta area this week after selling out a first run rather quickly. I’ve heard it’s available right now at Perimeter, Kennesaw (where I purchased a few) and Cumming stores, but Mr Reinert is continuing to create more wines under this label so hopefully distribution will continue to expand to new areas as well.
Interestingly, Mr Reinert is a professional poker player (one of the top 500 in the world) and also the founder of a wine consulting firm that bears his name. Hence, the “all-in” moniker on the wine label. His head wine maker is Sam Baxter from Terra Valentine.
This Monterey (Arroyo Seco) Pinot Noir is priced at $14.99 at Costco and is very representative of the nice Pinot that comes from the cool, foggy vineyards on the Monterey Peninsula. Pours a nice ruby red in the glass; nose is fresh, vibrant, young and juicy. Light in the mouth with big flavor, red fruit, cherry, raspberry, with a little Dr. Pepper/Cherry Coke towards the finish.
I think this is a good buy for Pinot fans, especially fans of coastal CA wines. It’s easy drinking and super food friendly with time to run in the bottle where it may develop further.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 88 Points
Costco item number: 1022466
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Kennesaw)