2006 Quails’ Gate Estate Winery Pinot Noir

My boyfriend recently added all of our wine to Cellar Tracker.  It’s a great online tool that allows you to read other users’ reviews on wines in your collection as well as get suggested drinking windows.

We have 3 bottles of 2006 Quails’ Gate Estate Winery Pinot Noir and the suggested drinking window is 2009 – 2010, so we thought it was a good one to try.

This time I’ ll try to rate using the 100-point rating scale.

(Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate describes this in more detail)
Extraordinary (96-100 points)
Outstanding (90-95)
Very Good to Excellent (85-89)
Good (80-84)
Average (75-79)
Below average (70-74)
Avoid (50-70)

Winery: Quails’ Gate Estate Winery
Region: British Columbia, Canada
Year: 2006
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Price: $24.99
Rating: 86
Tasting Notes: The nose is quite light and not as earthy as is typical for BC pinot noir.  The color is a little cloudy but could be a result of my poor decanting.  The palate is bit of a let-down; it’s smooth but thin.  I can detect a bit of cherries and pepper.  All and all a nice wine but nothing to write home about.  Hhmm?  Why am I writing about this then?

Anyway, I guess we’ll keep the other 2 on the shelf for another couple of years to see if we get any improvement with age.

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