As always we’re on the lookout for a wine that is a standout at a bargain price point. Crushpad Wine’s Banshee Project is a winery to keep our eyes on for such products. For example, they are producing Rickshaw Pinot Noir out of Sonoma County California sourcing the grapes from pretty renowned vineyards that were (as I understand the story) “extra grapes” that weren’t going to make it to the market. Hence, they got a deal and pass the deal on to us, the consumer! I like to think of it as one of the best wines in an ugly label on the market!
Many of the high quality Sonoma Pinot Noirs that are deep dark blackberry with jam and spice retail well above the $40-50 range, but Rickshaw Pinot Noir retails just under $20- half the price of the wines of equal or lesser quality from the very same regions and (in some cases) the same vineyards.
The winemaker’s notes are as follows:
Rickshaw is a fun, lip-smacking pinot noir perfect for picnics, sneaking into movie theaters and other such shenanigans. It is a blend made from a couple of sources scattered throughout Sonoma County. The resulting wine has hallmark pinot spice on the nose and fills the mouth with juicy red and blue fruits. Very smooth. We have bottled Rickshaw under screwcap for convenience and quality control.
Being a Stelvin Closure, or screw cap bottle I typically would recommend this as a wine to drink sooner than later. And while it is phenomenal straight up today I’m willing to take a gamble and bet this jewel will become even more graceful on the palate in a couple of years with the potential to develop a little silky velvet and an even more nuanced sensation of blackberry jam subtly lit by white pepper on the finish- that is if you’re patient enough to wait knowing that it’s a winner today!