RECOMMENDED: Moobuzz 2009 Pinot Noir, Monterey. 13.9% ABV. $16.99/suggested retail, available for as little as $12.

MooBuzz, “from the land of milk and honey” [get it?] is indeed a laid-back wine, although there’s nothing weak about it at all. As Clark said, “It’s a serious wine, but it’s fun!”

There is an emotional sweetness about it—we both had feelings waft through us that were reminiscent of springtime and flowers blooming. It was like lying down in a meadow and picking out the critters in the clouds.

Dark ruby, our Moobuzz was aromatic with strawberries, florals, and subtle cedar and vanilla. Like a gentle but bright spring day, it wasn’t overpowering, yet it was packed with life: raspberry, dark berries, and a kiss of earth. Elegant and silky, it was almost soft but still had a pretty good little punch to it with a bit of spice and a long, gentle finish.

I realize the word “oval” isn’t one of the usual wine words, although “round” is. Let me ’splain. When a wine strikes me as “round,” it literally feels round in my mouth and it makes the shape of a ball. Sometimes a wine strikes me as “vertical,” which means it stands up and down in my mouth and doesn’t hit the sides of my tongue. Sometimes a wine is “oval,” which means just that—it spreads out more horizontally than vertically. (If anyone else has these sensations, I’d love to hear from you!) Anyhow, I experienced the Moobuzz as oval.

This is a delicious wine and it’s a fine value.

Besides Moobuzz, The Other Guys’ labels include The White Knight (“Saving the world from the tyranny of Chardonnay!”), Hey Mambo, Leese-Fitch, Pennywise, and Plungerhead. We have tried a couple of the Leese-Fitch wines and the White Knight, and they are excellent.

LABEL NOTES: High up on a rugged remote central California hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean, a steady sea breeze sifts through the oaks and firs, the marine fog burns off far below. Now and then a cow moos to the accompaniment of buzzing bees. Here, awash in the sunshine, Pinot Noir vines thrive in the rocky, well drained soil. Our front label features a topographical map of Monterey.

WEB SITE NOTES: MooBuzz, “from the land of milk and honey,” was [made] to reflect the easy-going elegance of the California Coast. This scenic territory is often more remote than one might imagine: full of rugged valleys and ridges, the excellent soil found here helps to produce world class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
* The 2009 Pinot Noir is dark ruby in color. The aroma of this 2009 vintage of Monterey Pinot Noir just jumps from the glass. Scents of wild raspberry, sweet plum, and fresh strawberry with hints of cedar and caramel fill the glass. The flavors start with raspberry parfait, sweetened dried cranberry, and strawberry and then takes a dramatic turn toward the savory notes; fresh morel mushroom, bittersweet chocolate, and roasted chestnuts with hints of oregano and fresh loam. The finish goes back to the core of mouthwatering fruit with toasty French oak flavors lingering on the back end.
* This fruit comes mostly from one vineyard in the rolling hills of Monterey, CA. This block was picked at the end of September when the grapes came into balance. This lot was fermented slow and low to preserve the brilliant fruit and loamy Monterey earth notes. After gently pressing off this wine, the wine was paired with a combination of two different French oak sources. The result is a well balanced, integrated Pinot Noir with a great marriage of fruit, earth, acidity, and oak. Enjoy this gem of a Pinot Noir.
* Our Moobuzz Pinot Noir would pair wonderfully with grilled tri tip with mashed sweet potatoes topped with caramelized onions, dried apricot stuffed pork tenderloin roasted with new potatoes and fennel, or lamb sliders topped with a fig jam and arugula.

CLOSURE: ZORK. ZORK is a revolutionary new wine closure with the convenience of screw cap and the celebration of cork. ZORK is, easy to remove by hand, simple to reseal and is completely recyclable. To open ZORK, pull the tear tab, unwind and remove it. As you pull out the ZORK, you’ll hear it pop. To reseal, push ZORK back in. No corkscrew. No crumbling. No cork taint. No worries.

TECH STUFF:
Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: 96% Monterey, 4% Santa Barbara
Alcohol: 13.9%
pH: 3.66
TA: 0.61g/100mLs
5,400 cases made.

WEB: www.TOGwines.com

Sample received for review. We’re like Grandma: If we didn’t like it, we wouldn’t have said anything. We liked it.

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7 Responses to RECOMMENDED: Moobuzz 2009 Pinot Noir, Monterey. 13.9% ABV. $16.99/suggested retail, available for as little as $12.

  1. ajebuckley@me.com says:

    Enjoying this wine right now. Delicious. Love the Zork as well

  2. KB says:

    Sorry. All I taste is metal. Really disappointed in this wine. Maybe I just got a bad bottle.

  3. Mary Dargene says:

    Bought a case of it and love it!

  4. Ed says:

    Love it
    Going to buy a case today

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