One of the reasons I love Pinot Noir is for its pensive qualities, and I feel that a great Pinot needs to be enjoyed in a relaxed and nearly meditative manner. For me, no other varietal conjures that need for quiet. When I first smelled and tasted the 2007 Luca Pinot Noir, my first reaction was that it is both expressive and flashy. But like many well-made Pinot Noirs – and there’s no disputing that Laura Catena makes great wines – there is more here when one takes the time to study it. So beyond the initial aromas of cherry, baking spice, and cedar, the Luca also reveals delicate rose and boiled almond notes. Raspberry and leather dominate the palate. The rather restrained use of French oak barrels (30% new, 70% second use) provides some structure but doesn’t overpower the grapes. Medium body. The tannins are fairly soft and velvety, but the long-lasting acidity carries the red fruit and spice flavors. Very good, and ready for drinking right now.
At Marty’s for $36.99.