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De Bortoli Villages Pinot Noir 2017

De Bortoli looms large when you go shopping in the chains for budget/affordable pinot noir. Windy Peak at under $15, Gulf Station/GS at $15-ish, and this Villages at $18-ish. 2017 for pinot noir in the Yarra Valley comes heralded too of course. I’ve tried the 2017 Windy and it was OK but didn’t inspire. I went to choose the GS but then saw the Villages at only a couple of dollars more. Three steps up the ladder, region-variety in the zone, a good/great vintage … bang, that’ll do me.

I like this wine but I don’t love it. It’s steely and slender, spicy and fluid, and feels varietal and juicy throughout. Serve it to casual wine drinkers who enjoy pinot noir and there will be no complaints and likely a few compliments. It performs well, and is all you can reasonably expect at the price. But all that said, the days when De Bortoli took the value-quality ratio and smashed it out of the park seem to have slipped by. This wine delivers on value and quality but no more than that. No complaints of course. It’s just not shout-from-the-rafters territory.

Tasted : Jul18
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $20
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2023
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