This Underwood Pinot Noir review is part of our value wine series. A series of wine reviews aimed at exposing great tasting wines (or even wines in a can, as Underwood now offers) that won’t break the bank. Learn about the Underwood Pinot Noir’s tasting notes, food pairings and brief wine maker overview.
Underwood Pinot Noir Review from Oregon, USA
The reason why I didn’t reference a specific growing region within Oregon in the title of this article is because this wine doesn’t have one. It’s sourced from a variety of vineyards across the state of Oregon in an attempt to capture a diversity in flavor that only micro-terroirs can deliver. The Underwood Pinot Noir can very often be found for under 13 bucks, and is accessible at most major liquor and grocery stores.
Conversely, you can order it online from Wine.com, or where I got it — from the awesome wine club — Wine Awesomeness (this link will net you your first month free, which means 3 free bottles. Just pay shipping). We recommend picking up this wine simply because of its complexity considering its price. Most Pinot Noir’s are well over $20, since the grapes are particularly difficult to grow.
Oregon is an ideal location to allow Pinot Noir vines to blossom into their best grapes. In order to achieve the best quality juice, Pinot Noir grapes should be grown in relatively cool climates. Vines require warm (but not hot) sunny days, followed swiftly by crisply cool evenings. The best Pinot Noir grapes come from regions that don’t deviate in consistency from this type of climate.
Fun Fact: Did you know Underwood also sells wine in a can? As recently as within the last couple of years, Union Wine Company — the umbrella vintner for Underwood, began selling their Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris wines in 375 milliliter cans. That means you can buy this juice in one can that actually holds two glasses of wine. We’ve sampled Underwood wines in a can, and have found that the wine tastes fine as long as you pour it into a glass. Sipping it directly from the can just doesn’t quite do a Pinot Noir the justice it deserves… in our own humble opinion. But that doesn’t mean we don’t drink it out of the can.
This is a light-bodied Pinot Noir, as most typically are. In the glass, the Underwood Pinot emits a gorgeous soft red garnet translucent hue. The nose is packed with bouquets of rose violet and fresh carnations. The opening palate is light and easy to put back. Elevated acid backs up bits of dry forest floor, ripe raspberry and cranberry jam. Approaching the mid-palate, the elevated acid keeps the wine fresh with notes of dried currant and wild red berries. On the close, the wine stays youthful and bright as additional strawberry, cranberry and gravel minerals tickle the taste buds over a medium-short finish. Overall, this is a well balanced and fresh Pinot that doesn’t skimp on the fruit, yet provides enough earthy and mineral tones to make it a great value at around 13 dollars.
Underwood Pinot Noir Food Pairings
My absolute favorite dish to eat alongside a sexy Pinot Noir like this is teriyaki salmon. Pinot Noir is a light bodied wine, and if crafted right, can flavorically as complex as a Cabernet Sauvignon. Try pairing the Underwood Pinot with any style of grilled or pan-seared salmon. If you’re in a raw mood, try it with tuna avocado or crab-based sushi. Tempura (fried) sushi is also ideal to pair with most Pinot Noir’s. If you want something a bit heavier, try braised barbecue chicken or roasted dark meat turkey.
Watch a brief video by Union Wine Company to get a sense of their thoughts on their wines.
“The aroma is… sexy. When I put my nose in this glass… my nose is happy.”