2013 Rickshaw California Pinot Noir

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The 2013 Rickshaw Pinot Noir is the fifth vintage from the team at Banshee Wines. As difficult as it is to produce excellent Pinot Noir, it is even more difficult to do so at a fine value. In their development of the Banshee label, the winemakers gained a stable of quality sources for Pinot fruit from the finest AVAs in California, and Rickshaw was born out of this bounty. The largest share of fruit is sourced from the Sonoma Coast, followed by Anderson Valley and the Central Coast. The appeal of the wine is driven by its balance of fruit and earth tones, so just 10% of the wine sees new oak (the remainder being once-used or neutral barrels). For aromatic appeal and complexity, there is some stem inclusion in the fermentation. From the winery: "In many ways, 2013 was almost like a repeat of the fabulous 2012 vintage. The 2013 Rickshaw Pinot leaps out of the glass with bright notes of dried cherry and pine. It is followed by a truly silky palate of wild strawberry, red plum and pomegranate. The wine is bolstered with its usual energetic spine and a slightly salty finish."

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2015 | Send Email
The winemaking magicians at Banshee pull rare bits out of their various AVAs once again, stirring it up with a fresh batch of highly affordable, deliciously fruitful, always satisfying Pinot Noir. Pitched flavors of plum, raspberry, cranberry and cherry play off the nose and permeate the palate, finishing with a slight spicy tinge and touch of earth. Perfect for informal gatherings and holiday parties, this wine is, in a word, bottled spontaneity.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/29/2015 | Send Email
This brash and exuberant value is a best seller, and not just because of the low price. There is surprising complexity here and a transparency that allows you to taste right through the wine without being overwhelmed by too much over-ripeness and extract. This is not a $15.00 Pinot fruit bomb, but rather a lively, energetic bottle from the folks who make the outstanding Banshee wines.

Staff Image By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/29/2015 | Send Email
Banshee Wines have done it again! This value Pinot Noir stacks up to many of the over twenty bottles on the shelf. I don't know where they are sources their fruit but please keep it up. Medium body in style and perfect red cherry fruit make it a must at any summer outing.

Staff Image By: Michael Jordan | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/31/2015 | Send Email
Another winner from the boys at Banshee. Light medium body with red fruit dominated flavors with hints of plum, cola, cinnamon and forest floor. As usual, not much better in this price point for California Pinot Noir.

Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2015 | Send Email
The Banshee guys are killing it with the fruit sources for these pinots! Rich, ripe cherry and raspberry fruit, a touch of earth, and just enough acid to keep it from getting too sweet. Great party wine!
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/25/2015 | Send Email
To be Honest, I like this second label Pinot Noir from Banshee wines more than the first! For almost $10 cheaper, you get brilliant fruit from the same exact source! I love the richness on the palate, it's actually a bigger Pinot than the Banshee label, but still has that great acidity to polish it out. Lots of Black and red cherry, blueberry, and red fruits here. Absolutely delicious!

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2014 | Send Email
Good California Pinot Noir under $20 is increasingly rare. Finding good California Pinot Noir for under $15 is like winning the lottery. And this 2013 Rickshaw California Pinot Noir is just the ticket. Ripe, sweet, almost candied red fruits – bright cherry and raspberry with just a hint of spice. Unbeatable quality at this price.

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/4/2014 | Send Email
Wow! This is really one of the best Pinot Noirs I've tasted at this price point. The bouquet has notes of plum, dark strawberry, clove, chocolate and earth. On the palate there is beautiful balance, with good acidity, soft tannins and very good length. If you're a fan of Pinot, don't miss this great value.

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/25/2014 | Send Email
Classic Pinot Noir cherry aromas are followed by delicious, medium-bodied cherry flavors. This wine is tasty alone or with chicken, salmon or vegetarian dishes. A great value for lovers of California Pinot Noirs.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1