A few months ago I commented on the 2008 Dahlia Reserve Pinot Noir, a wine made for the retailer Beverages and More by Testarossa in Los Gatos. There are in fact four wines in the range; two Chardonnays and two Pinot Noirs, all made from Monterey fruit.
The Reserve Pinot Noir - which wasn't bad value at $20 - seems to be all sold out around here, but it non-reserve sibling is still available. List price is $20, loyalty card holders get it for $15, so I decided to give it a shot. (I also picked up the non-reserve Chardonnay at $13 and will review that at a later date.)
2008 Dahlia Pinot Noir, Monterey County
Bottled under screw-cap. Nice bright colour. The nose has straw and cherry, with some earth. On the palate it's fairly simple, with sweet cherry fruit. On the finish there's some orange-pith bitterness and rose petals. Acidity and tannins are both rather light. There aren't many good Pinots for under $20, and sadly this doesn't alter that fact. It's well made as you would expect from Bill Brosseau, but is rather dull. Frankly even at $15 it's overpriced, it should be under $10. 83