86pointsArrogant Frog 2016 Lily Pad Noir Pinot Noir (Pays d'Oc)

Best Buy

Black cherry, boysenberry and blueberry aromas set the stage for this attractive, fruit-forward wine, carrying through from the bouquet to the lightweight palate. The fruit is hit by a touch of baking spice through the close, and framed by soft tannins that lend a subtle structure. Drink now. Lauren Buzzeo

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  • Alcohol
    13%
  • Bottle Size
    750 ml
  • Category
    Red
  • Importer
    Esprit du Vin
  • Date Published
    5/1/2018
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User Reviews

By economistsybarite

Good taste. Nose with plumb. Good tannins and great color. Good wine

- (10-18-2018) - 86

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