The 2018 Pinot Noir delivers the subtle elegance that can only come from sustainably farmed, cold-climate vineyards. Key aromatics include cherries, plums and raspberries with notes of mocha, vanilla and smoky oak. The palate is rich, smooth and silky with a lingering bright red fruit finish. This is the perfect wine to serve with salmon, pork, lamb or soft cheeses.
District 7 is all that Monterey as a winegrowing region has to offer. The number refers to our official regional designation within the state of California, but
District 7 is much more than just a prime number. Most experts recognize Monterey County as one of the most beautiful and diverse winegrowing regions in the world with complex soils and coastal weather patterns. Our winemaking team reaps the benefits of the exceptional fruit we produce, creating wines that are fruit forward, true to varietal character and a delicious reflection of Monterey.
Of all the grape varieties, Pinot Noir is perhaps the most sensitive to its terroir. It responds to every fold in the earth and every suggestion in the weather. We harvest 100% of our Pinot Noir from sites located on the northern benches of Monterey’s Salinas Valley. Here the cool, windy, foggy conditions produce wines of great character, texture and structure.
Each of our estate vineyards is harvested block by block based on flavor and ripeness rather than statistical analysis. Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were destemmed, crushed and fermented in open-top fermenters. Regular punch downs of the cap over the 2-3 weeks of fermentation and maceration ensured full extraction of the color and flavors. The wine was aged with a combination of new and seasoned oak to retain the fruit and enhance complexity.
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Barrel Regime: French oak, 12 months, 25% new
TA: 5.4 g/L
Included in the Box
6x 2018 District 7 Estate Grown Pinot Noir, Monterey
12x 2018 District 7 Estate Grown Pinot Noir, Monterey
Al Scheid first saw untapped potential in Monterey County in 1972 when the wine region was in its infancy. What started as a grape growing operation that sold 100% of its production to other wineries today has evolved into a grapes-to-glass family business that crafts authentic and elegant wines. Our Scheid Family Wines portfolio now includes five unique and distinctive labels: Scheid Vineyards, District 7, Metz Road, VDR and Stokes’ Ghost.
With 12 estate vineyards comprised of 4,000 acres located along a 70-mile spread of the Salinas Valley, the array of microclimates and soils give us an incredible selection to work with each vintage. While our wealth of vineyard resources is exceptional, it is our employees that are at the heart of everything we do. Much of our workforce has been with us for over 25 years, with several of our vineyard managers employed for over 40 years.
The Scheid family – Al, Scott, Heidi and long-time COO Kurt Gollnick – along with our dream team of employees, are passionate about crafting the best wine possible and honoring our commitment to be good stewards of the land and supporters of our local community. We are proud to produce authentic products that sit on your dinner table and invite conversation, connection and warmth.
I can think of no better way to celebrate National Drink Wine Day than to have a Lab Rat bottle arrive perfectly timed at the doorstep to allow for the mandatory celebrations to begin. If you do not already know, Monterey County Pinot Noir is “a thing”. If you are familiar with Carmel Road or La Crema you already know what I am talking about. According to The Prince of Pinot website, Monterey County Pinots in the $25 and under category are being recognized as delivering remarkable value and qpr. This wine is no exception. There are no surprises here, a very typical Pinot Noir of the region displaying the expected varietal and regional characteristics.
Now for the details…nice label with screw cap bottle. This wine is ready to drink now. The color is the expected ruby translucent. Blackberry, plum, cherry, and lavender on the nose. The first taste is very well balanced. Smooth, mild silky tannins, dry with hints of strawberry, cherry, and plum, and medium bodied. The finish was not overpowering but was pleasant and a bit longer than expected with a bit of acid, spice, and bramble. Food pairings easily cut though any of the lingering acidity of the finish.
On to the food pairings. Pinot may be the easiest wines to pair with, except for Champagne which also is Pinot derived. I started with some string cheese because that is what I had. The easy drinkability paired nicely with the creaminess of the cheese. The next pairing was smoked turkey with mashed potato, gravy, and string beans. Pinot always pairs well with poultry and this pairing worked as well. The last pairing was with a chocolate torte and the Pinot aced all the pairings.
All considered the District 7 Pinot Noir was a welcome surprise on National Drink Wine Day but the quality and value were not at all surprising. It hit all the expected bases for a Monterey County Pinot. It can be sipped on its own or paired with either a casual or fancy meal. Other pertinent reviews can also be found online at the Reverse Wine Snob and Wine Enthusiast. Cheers and happy belated National Drink Wine Day!
…and that Wine Enthusiast review…
90 Points Editors’ Choice. This label by the Scheid family offers great value. It begins with aromas of scorched earth, charred wood and dark red fruit on the nose. Ripe and dark cherry aromas meet with cola and charred mesquite on the smoky palate. MK 12/1/20
Tasting Panel TP 92
Scents of cherry, cinnamon, and cedar are pure pleasure. Within the round, voluptuous mouthfeel, cinnamon and hints of oregano and white pepper season a plethora of red berries: cranberry, raspberry, and pomegranate. Aged one year in (25% new) French oak.
and Decanter chimes in with:
87 Points. Fresh nose of redcurrant and pomegranate, hint of tomato leaves. Soft, fruit driven palate of ripe blackcurrants and a slightly rocky minerality. Good finish
Drinking Window 2020 - 2025 12/14/20
Ugh. I slept on it and decided to go for a case, only to discover there are no more. Any chance more will be added? I mean, I have no space for a case, so I’ll have to drink down the case of SH Barbera I received yesterday.
@chipgreen@salcorn Right! It’s Ariana Grande from a music video, I think. All of the giphy for that order number have brought up Ariana Grande for me. See if this one’s better?
I’m curious - I waffled pretty hard on this - I loathe the Nacina that also comes out of this area though from what I can find not quite the same region so for 100 I’ll take a flier. Hell one bottle from my Antica Terra allocation is more than this case!
Thanks for getting more cases so I can adventure on in the name of science!
@Turner103200 If it’s corked then it’s corked - sometimes that comes across as just dull and flat at levels of TCA too low to perceive as TCA. But this is under screwcap, so I discounted that as a possibility.
I hope you got a bad bottle, too, but not sure what faults or spoilage you could be referring to without more data.
@deadlyapp@Turner103200 I got my case yesterday, just tried first taste, it’s got a bit of a smoky acrid smell at first, (“scorched earth, charred wood” one of the reviews mentioned and I’d add burnt plums) -but- the mouth taste is very well balanced -but- there’s an acidic bite in the finish, reminded me of grapefruit finishes from some Sauvignon Blancs -but- it mellows out quickly in the glass after about 15 minutes and finishes very easily, although still a little burn in the smell. I left the bottle open and will see how it goes with tonight’s chicken.
I feel the same first glass took about 40 minutes to be drinkable, then I just had a glass day 2 and it is like a notch below a house red. Strong sulfur smell that never quite fades. The price point is what the price point is.
Long time wine.woot, left after the amazon purchase, new to casemates, because I’m down to about 17 of the 460 bottles I ordered from woot. Just had a 2007 inzinerator last week it was wonderful, but nearing the end.
@exsanguinate Just polished off the bottle I had opened the other evening. Well, it is what it is. Understandably, it’s an $8 bottle, but retail is too high (my opinion, before everyone gets all offended) for this level of quality and the review wasn’t exactly, well…whatever, doesn’t matter. Anyways, this is my opinion before I get blasted with messages about price point and all of that. Seems like someone always get offended by negative reviews and comments. But that is how it goes sometimes. Cheers everyone. Stay safe and enjoy.
@exsanguinate I should say, 99 percent of the wine I have bought from Casemates (or the previous site, I’ve been a long time follower - over 15 years - and have recently gotten my 80 year old parents to purchase from here!) has been great.
@deadlyapp@stolicat@Turner103200 Just had my first taste and this echoes my experience. The “scorched earth” description nails it. It’s not quite sulfury, more like tire smoke. It does fade in the glass, I hope it’ll round off by tomorrow. Very light bodied for the color, even for a pinot noir.
@deadlyapp@dwdyer@Turner103200 “tire smoke” - unfortunately, yeah.
It was a poor companion to a simple roast chicken the first night, second night much improved with Pasta Drop spaghettini and rustic tomato sauce, mixed vegetable salad with evoo and pecorino - flavors had blended together in a lovely mix, the finish was clean and not sharp at all, but still, that nose …
So, got a case, just need to know to open it the day before drinking.
@Turner103200 You misunderstood my initial comment. I was responding to the fact that you said it was “ehh”. Which I interpreted as “meh”. Which is exactly what I’d expect from the wine.
But you had specific issues with it, which is a different story. And if you’d just said you didn’t like it I sure wouldn’t say anything about that.
In any case, sorry for the misunderstanding.
The other descriptions sound like this is a really reductive wine. Maybe it needs a mollydooker shake or a vinturi.
@klezman@Turner103200 I’ve had some pretty decent wines at the $8 price point (or below) with Cheer from over here the most recent example. Pinot is probably tougher at the price point, but even there I found the Windrun offering quite nice for under $9/per.
@Turner103200 My first thought tasting this was that something went wrong somewhere. Chilling more and aerating the second attempt at a glass later helped a small degree, it dulled some of the rank flavor, but not the rank smell. I don’t know if screw caps can be “corked”? I don’t have the wine vocabulary to describe what I’m tasting and smelling, but IMHO wine should never be unpleasant, especially when given a good chance, but this is that. I’d rather drink boxed wine. Apologies to the winery for my blunt opinion, but this is bad.
@deadlyapp@dwdyer@stolicat@Turner103200 You described it perfectly. I just signed in here tonight to check if I’d just gotten a batch of bad bottles (I’ve opened and dumped 3 out of the twelve so far) because I just can’t drink it.
I’m not a snob by any means and I can’t remember the last time I dumped a bottle, but something about this flavor turns my stomach and it’s up there with one of the worst wines I’ve ever had because it’s not just boring–it’s offensive. You nailed it: Sulfurous tire fire and vinegar is what I’m getting.
It reminds me of drinking the first batch from friends who have gotten into brewing their own.
I caved and poured the remaining 9 bottles down the drain last night because I couldn’t bring myself to give them away.
After pouring, I’m convinced that the whole batch has some sort of contamination. Far too many bottles fizzed on opening and pouring and we had to air out the house because of the overwhelming smell of cat urine.
@dwdyer@goffstock@pupator@stolicat@Turner103200 I haven’t opened a second bottle since drinking my first (unoffensive) bottle. I’m hoping I missed the ruined wine lottery but not holding my breath. I’ll be interested if enough people say something about this wine that CM does something.
@deadlyapp@dwdyer@goffstock@pupator@Turner103200 We’ve now opened 4 bottles, and the smell and fizz has been consistent. I think that’s a good enough sample to say the whole case is going to be that way.
It becomes a bit more tolerable if you pour the glass a few hours before consuming, or let the bottle sit open overnight, but then that smell is in the air and you can add “stale” to its bouquet. May try the blender next, but pretty much given up on finding a reasonable way to render it drinkable.
@deadlyapp@dwdyer@goffstock@nmfong@pupator@Turner103200 tried the blender - poured two glasses from the room temp bottle opened yesterday, poured one of them into the blender and ran for 20s as suggested by @KNmeh7 in the blender thread. Thing fizzed up like a strawberry soda, took about a minute to subside.
Mellowed it a bit, no particular change in color or clarity although it left persistent tiny frothy bubbles around the edge, but still smelled like something burning under the freeway, still had that cheap cough medicine note but not as pronounced. All in all, still drain-worthy.
I may try again with a longer runtime. I’ve got 8 bottles left.
I put an entire bottle in our Vitamix and brought it up to full speed for about 25 seconds.
I checked the bottle upon opening and it smelled like a tire fire, but not the worst bottle I’ve opened.
After whizzing, it smells…ok-ish. At least I can smell wine. More like charred plums now.
In the glass it’s like a garden-variety pinot but sweeter smelling than it should be, aerating in the mouth it gets vinegary and there’s that tire fire, just like a block away instead of the back yard. Sipped, it’s bitter and remarkably flat. Kinda like box wine that been in the sun.
So, that was fun, but I don’t recommend it. I was hoping for something I could maybe cook with but I no.
I’ve seen some mixed reviews but I just opened my first bottle and am rather OK with it. It has a bit of a barnyard smell to it with the normal pinot notes. The taste I didn’t pick up any smoke though, a touch of eucalyptus maybe, a bit of an acidic finish, but on the whole just a muted pinot without a lot of excitement. About what I expected from an $8 wine. I’m happy with the the purchase. We’ll see if there’s just mixed quality bottles over time.
Just opened our first bottle, definitely barn yard in the nose, which I like in a Pinot. Slight acidic finish, a bit thin, but this far exceeds my expectations for an under $10 house Pinot. My wife is a big fan. Drinking it on the cool side right out of the cellar, so maybe that’s something.
So, how did this happen? Great reviews yet not so great wine? Actually, this wine is not good at all, imo. My worst purchase here by far over the past 15 years.
I also recommend certain folks refraining from making remarks regarding not so favorable reviews on wines offered here. I’ve seen this creeping in recently. Keep the site honest. That’s what will keep it successful.
@bunnymasseuse I will contact them. I had 3 people try this wine and they all made unsolicited comments about the offensive smell as soon as i gave them the glass. I am not picky on a wines taste so can drink pretty much anything. Just don’t like sour milk, rotten eggs or District 7.
@s2k2473 I’ve tried several bottles and it’s bad, bad. Unfortunately, I bought 2 cases and intended to split with a neighbor that I was trying to get involved at Casemates. I can’t even bare to give it to them. Any luck contacting support?
i bought 2 cases…
got a email saying something about they couldn’t verify our age or some shit?
i have bought lots of wine here…so i don’t know…
was bummed at first… not getting it…
but after folks comments…
feel like a lucky one not getting it!
I wanted to post as this is still one of my favorite purchases on Casemates so far. It’s definitely earthy, so maybe not the pinot noir for everyone. But I think it’s drinking away above it’s price point. Glad I got a case and wish I had more. Thanks, Casemates!