Review: Sean Minor Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2013

We’re all on a constant search for that go-to bottle of $20 red for whatever life throws at us: dinner party, movie night or even just a bad day at work. There’s nothing worse than taking a gamble on a $20 bottle at your local wine shop that ends in disappointment. Fear not. We’ve found the answer to all your bottle letdowns. Look no further than Sean Minor Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Luscious and juicy, this wine is a definite crowd-pleaser — and it’s affordable.

Sean and Nicole Minor started their winery in 2005 after realizing that wine was the second-highest expense on their monthly budget list. Like many of us, they found themselves drinking wine every day with dinner, at night with friends and at family gatherings. This pushed them to fulfill their dream of creating affordable, high-quality wines from their home base in California. The winery currently bottles wines under three labels from the Napa, Carneros, Paso Robles, Sonoma and Central Coast appellations, as well as from Oregon. Its focus is on traditional California varietals: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Sean Minor Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2013 is medium-bodied and luscious, with aromas of plum, black fruit and slight baking spice. The silky palate reveals flavors of dark cherry and clove, rounded out with slight vanilla notes that don’t overwhelm. The finish is smooth and long-lasting, perfectly pleasant and juicy.

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