So…while we were in San Luis Obispo attending a screening of our film Take Me Home, we decided to do some wine tasting (surprise, surprise!). And we came upon Baileyana. They have a nice tasting room with lots of fun wine accessories available. We were so sucked in to the wine and the accessories that we decided to join the wine club. So a couple of bottles and a bag full of presents and accessories later, we left the tasting room.
Cut to: June 2012. We get a shipment of Baileyana wine and amongst the goodies is the 2010 El Pico Pinot Noir. And tonight, we decided to taste it, along with homemade artichoke dip, a NY strip and corn on the cob. It was a real delight.
I am starting to be a real Pinot Noir lover. When I first starting tasting Pinots, I thought, what is up this light wine? It’s for all those women who really like white wine. And then eventually, my palate grew and I realized that Pinots are extremely interesting. And while they are light, they can be very complex. It’s true that if you are in the mood for a bold, full-bodied wine, you won’t want a Pinot. But when you are in the mood for something lighter, I would highly recommend a Pinot Noir and the Baileyana is a stand out. Love it.
4 out of 5 stars.
This is a medium bodied, moderately big Pinot Noir, well balanced with strong fruit but also showing some noticeable backbone. It’s definitely not your typical watery, big fruit Pinot. There is some delicacy and depth here that is really difficult to put into words. The label speaks of spice notes, but maybe there is a touch of minerality to be found. I detected a bit of plum on the nose too. All in all its a really nice bottle, especially for $26. I’d recommend buying a bottle and checking it out for yourself.
4 out of 5 stars
Just the Facts Ma’am
2010 Baileyana, Firepeak Vineyards, San Luis Obispo, CA Pinot Noir
Available at the Baileyana tasting room and wine club. 2009 is available online here.