I have just returned from Lebanon and the UK, so Moxie decided to cook a meal for me and Beef Bourguignon it is! She did not venture into the cellar for a bottle of Pinot, opting to remain clear and go directly to the wine shop where she picked up this $11 California offering. It shows medium opacity and a somewhat dull ruby color with medium looking legs (13.8% ABV). The nose is interesting for a New World Pinot- there’s quite a bit of earthiness to alongside the cherry, pomegranate and raspberry aromas. I also get some baking spices and a touch of funky red licorice. The palate is dry with very lithe tannins and low acidity. It’s a fruit forward wine that bursts with cherry and strawberry, pomegranate and black raspberry. The spices are present but very subdued. Medium bodied with a short finish- quite tasty. This is a not an age worthy wine, but it rocks as a pop-n-pour and doesn’t break the bank. It gets 87 points from me and 4 stars. Very smooth and appealing. Drink till 2025. Salut….