2018 Juggernaut Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.68, TA 0.54, $18.88 (Pavilions supermarket). Produced and bottled by Juggernaut Wine Co, Clarksburg, CA (part of the Bogle Family). Released June 2020. Very attractive label and very heavy bottle. Aged 12 months in both new and used French oak barrels. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Pleasant but very demure aroma of black cherry and a hint of toasty oak. Much better on the palate, with mid-weight, flavors of black cherry, raspberry and cola backed by soft tannins. There is a little too much oak in the background most evident on the somewhat lengthy finish. Best when first opened but the nose never really comes alive. I prefer the much less expensive Bogle California Pinot Noir produced by the same company. Score: 88. Reviewed December 13, 2020

Winery: Bogle Vineyards
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