Belmonte Pinot Noir

You may recall my suspicions about a new case from Virgin Wines were mostly unfounded, as the first bottle I tried was rather nice.

Belmonte Pinot Noir and its siblings…for some reason

The case also contained three wines from the same stable – a Marlborough outfit by the name of Belmonte.  I tried the Pinot Noir recently with surprising results.

The first aroma was of compost, soft brown sugar and fruit compote.  The flavour quite light and fruity, brambly but with a sharpness not present in most Burgundies.

I’ve been sampling a few kiwi Pinot Noirs recently with encouraging results.  This Belmonte, though, was a bit thin and no better than average, even ordinary.  In fact the bland adjective cluster could have been invented to describe the experience of drinking Belmonte Pinot Noir.  I guess it’s not too expensive at £9.99 (update…link broken – this wine has suddenly disappeared from the Virgin site).  I guess it’s not desperately bad either, but I notice that many of the reviews on the Virgin site support my view.

Belmonte Pinot Noir is exclusive to Virgin Wines – probably just as well it’s not more widely available, as there are much better wines at about £10 from any supermarket.

So the jury on Virgin Wines is still out with two successes and one moderate failure.  I’ll keep sampling.

One Response to “Belmonte Pinot Noir”

  1. Confessions of a Wino » Blog Archive » Belmonte Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Says:

    […] culture is entirely admirable but occasionally results in failure.  This happened when I tried the Belmonte Pinot Noir which was over-priced and under-flavoured.  Non, je ne regrette […]

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