artisan pinotArtisan Vintner’s Guild appears to be a new project employing the resources of Larson Family Vineyards in Sonoma. Aside from a Facebook page there is not much information about them. But they do make inexpensive Pinot Noir under this label so I can’t resist checking them out.

The nose shows simple black cherry with a nice mushroom undercurrent and floral highlights. But there is a faint chemical note that can be distracting. The light to medium weight palate features a velvet texture to support emerging hints of coffee that darken the fruit but it but lacks density and turns watery on the finish. Without much definition and structure but thankfully avoids the candy flavors that mar most inexpensive Pinot Noir. In this price range it’s a good buy.

Score: 86

Price: $8

Alc: 13.9

The downtempo band Juzhin captures the softly palatable, carefree essence of this wine.