soul sisterThe band Train has produced some pretty good pop rock over the years. The Save Me San Francisco Wine Co. is owned by Train’s guitarist Jimmy Stafford. They offer several wines bearing the name of their hits including this Pinot Noir. The proceeds from their wines are donated to Family House, a non profit that provides housing to families of seriously ill children while they receive treatment at a children’s hospital. The winery has also partnered with Ghiradelli to sell chocolates to pair with the wine, which makes me a bit concerned since chocolate is typically not well paired with red wine.

The wine has some redeeming features:

A simple flavor profile of black cherry and candied cinnamon  with loamy earth after aeration. Initially it leaves a pleasant impression on the palate and is very easy to drink. The satiny mouthfeel on a medium body caresses the palate, with lively acidity keeping the wine in balance and medium grain tannins to support a short but flavorful finish. The mouthfeel, however, is apparently created by leaving a some residual sugar in the wine that also creates the candied spice notes. This candied quality becomes cloying on the second glass.

If you enjoy wines with a little sweetness, this is quite well made and offers terrific value. But if your palate runs to the dry side it won’t hold up. Oh and the chocolate pairing was just god awful at least with 64% cacao.

The pairing with the Train hit Hey, Soul Sister is much, much better:

Score: 86

Price: $9

Alc: 13.5%