2005, Vin de Pays D’Oc, $7.50 for 750 ml
I was so enamored with Camelot’s Merlot, that I thought I’d give their Pinot Noir a try. But this time, I did a little research first.
The bottle of Camelot Pinot Noir indicates that the wine is from Vin de Pays D’Oc. On the back label, it is explained that the grapes are actually imported from France and bottled in California.
I googled Vin de Pays D’Oc and discovered that this region is located in Southern France, near the Mediterranean Sea. It is said to be the largest vineyard in the world and, unlike many other regions in France, wines from Vin de Pays actually label the wine by its grape variety. How nice of them. I wonder if they provide free tours of their vineyards as well….
But enough of import/export. What did the Camelot Pinot Noir taste like? I found it to be smooth, mild in tannins (which is to be expected in a Pinot) and–here’s what surprised me–mild in acid, too. Normally, I’ve found other Pinot Noir to be rather acidic and the other flavors a bit too weak or fragile for my taste. But this Pinot Noir tasted more like a Merlot to me than a Pinot. It was much mellower and round flavored than I expected.
Bottom Line? I liked it and the soft, round flavors surprised me. It was very smooth and quite different than other Pinot Noir I’ve sampled. But, out of the two Camelot wine’s I’ve tried, I prefer the Merlot.
wine’s website: www.camelotwines.com