Bomb Wines is a new wine brand from Jim Carney and Susan Weeden. Jim, a NYC resident, fell in love with Oregon Pinot Noir during the 80's when he was attending the University of Oregon. Susan, from Montclair, NJ shared a similar passion for the delicate, dynamic and sometimes elusive Pinot grape. Together they have launched a 500 case batch of Bomb Pinot Noir with the help of winemaker Tony Rynders (Domaine Serene, Hogue).
The wine is composed of 100% hand picked and hand sorted Pinot Noir which spent 14 months in French oak barrels of which 60% were new. 14.3% alcohol. Willamette Valley.
Transparent cherry red color with aromas of strawberry, raspberry, creamy oak and spice. Upfront there's delicate, juicy red berries and hints of ripe tomato before giving way to a mid-palate loaded with creamy-milky-toasty oak. Black cherry candy and oak dominates the finish. Extremely soft and smooth with some zippy acidity on the back end.
SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:
With a name like BOMB, you'd expect this wine to follow the recent California trend of highly saturated fruit bomb Pinots that are so dark and rich you can't see your fingers through the glass. Quite the contrary, this wine embraces the Yin of Pinot, highlighting the silky, soft and immersive traits the grape can express rather than those of brute force. This easy drinking red has tremendous, predominant amounts of toasty creaminess on both the nose and palate which is one of its strongest and most alluring points. An impressive inaugural effort. The 2009 Bomb Pinot Noir retails for $50 a bottle. Bomb Wines will also release a 2010 Washington Cabernet Sauvignon in the near future.