Rawr! This stuff is the real deal. Panther Creek Cellars 2010 Willamette Valley (OR) pinot noir “winemaker’s cuvee.” Bought a bottle at Grocery Outlet in Palo Alto. Aromas of wet dog and well-used sweat socks lead to a palate best described as petrochemical. I give it four rats. If you’re human, avoid this one like the Panther P*** it is. My humans suspect, however, that the Panther Creek Cellars 2010 was mishandled.
Thankfully, this is not available on the winery website. (There is a 2011 vintage for $30.) One suspects it was remaindered to Grocery Outlet. Which brings to mind a tail from long ago.
I was visiting Boca Raton, Florida while my humans were there on business. Tried to buy some reputable California wine. The lone local good wine shop was closed during the hours I could make it, leaving me at the mercy of supermarkets. Even the best brands I could find were tinged with acetic acid — vinegar. That was fine with me, but my humans insisted on writing the wineries to let them know their wine was being mishandled. They got some very nice replies, but the bottom line is that once it’s out the door of the winery, there’s not much they can do to control who distributes what to where.
It’s difficult to imagine how mishandling a wine could create the particular combination of qualities in the Panther Creek pinot noir. But the winery has a nice website and appears reputable. So just avoid this particular vintage, especially at Grocery Outlet in Palo Alto.