It is always a treat when you discover a good wine at a reasonable price. It is even better when it is super delicious and around 10 bucks! We first discovered Cycles Gladiator Pinot Noir while out with our friends Gaby & Steve at the Wine Vault & Bistro in San Diego. It has now become one of our most shared bottles. And yes, it is another screw cap wine!
As with most California pinots, this one is a delicate, fruiter wine, with not a lot of earthy tones. It has aromas of red fruit with a hint of spice. Upon tasting, flavors of pomegranate develop, finishing with a little splash of vanilla. The diverse characteristics make it enjoyable with a wide variety of foods. This is a great wine to select when dining out with a group as it pairs well with lean beef, chicken, pork or fish.
It’s getting harder to find good value pinot noir. Fortunately, this 100% pinot is fairly available. You can find it at BevMo and Specs. Or, check out the where to buy feature on their website to locate a distributor near you.