2010 Rickshaw California Pinot Noir

SKU #1084163

From the three talented young men from Banshee--Noah, Steve and Baron--we have the 2010 vintage of Rickshaw Pinot Noir, a superb follow-up to their '09 debut, which blew us away with its offering of a rich, high-caliber Sonoma Pinot delivered for a ridiculously inexpensive $15. Thanks to a cooler vintage with lower yields overall, while the '09 was all about rich, ripe fruit, '10 is more elegant and refined, and in many ways, more charming. Pretty cherry and wild strawberry aromas and flavors leap from the glass, accented by hints of clove, warm earth, and baking spices. The palate is juicy, with an unctuous core of red fruit that carries you through to a spice-kissed finish. Balanced and cleanly made, Rickshaw remains one of the most delightful California Pinot values in stock.

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By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/24/2012  | Send Email
Juicy, easy to drink pinot noir deliciousness. Black and red fruit, with pleasant balance and is friendly and approachable. Made by our friends at Banshee, this Pinot Noir is fabulous as a party wine for the holidays!
Top Value!

By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/30/2012  | Send Email
Best domestic Pinot under $20.

By: Mari Keilman |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/29/2012  | Send Email
For all those who are looking for a classic, elegant Pinot Noir that won't break the bank, Rickshaw is your pick. This wine has an extremely supple and smooth mouthfeel of black cherry. The rich red fruit and ample acidity on the finish make this the perfect wine to sip alone and to have with dinner.

By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/7/2012  | 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 2010 Rickshaw Pinot Noir is just the ticket. Tart and tangy, ripe and sweet. Bright cranberry and exotic pomegranate notes. Aromatic sandalwood. Rich, silky texture. Unbelievable quality at this price.

By: Christie Cartwright |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/31/2012  | Send Email
Banshee Wine Co. does it again with a stellar 2nd label Pinot from Sonoma for a ridiculous price! We love this for is dark black cherry fruit, its feminine but bold mouth feel, and its easy to drink food-friendly style! It will be gone faster than you can say BBQ Summer Party Pinot!

By: Mike Barber |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/24/2012  | Send Email
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Big, lush, fruit driven pinot noir that is fair priced and ready for your house party.
Top Value! Drink from 2012 to 2014

By: Jeremy Bohrer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/29/2012  | Send Email
Banshee's second label Rickshaw is a steal in domestic Pinot Noir!

By: Michael Jordan |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/8/2012  | Send Email
The boys from Banshee continue on a roll with the Rickshaw Pinot Noir. A second label price with primary label quality.This wine is better than 2009 with a little more elegance and showing more hints of earth and spice. This is a real Pinot deal.

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/2/2012  | Send Email
Another remarkably good sub-$15 Pinot from the guys at Banshee. The 2010 Rickshaw Pinot is along the same lines as the great 2009 but with perhaps a greater concentration and spice. The nose shows bright opulent red fruits, on the palate the flavors match with sweet red fruits, boysenberry and freshly ground spices like clove and cinnamon. Very soft supple tannin and moderate acid make this an easily quaffed wine. Great for everyday drinking but definitely good enough for the weekend table as well! As I said before, truly remarkable for the $14.99 price point!

 By: Megan "BrownBag" Michelin |  Review Date: 2/29/2012 
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This Pinot really is an outstanding value at $15! Not too complex but very approachable with lovely fruit, soft spiciness and nice acid balance; a perfect "any day" wine that will pair very nicely with "everyday" foods.
Drink from 2012 to 2015

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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.
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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.
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California

- 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 (%): 14.6