Wine Review: Cycles Gladiator Pinot Noir 2006

Just Might Be The Best Wine Label Out There

Definitely give this one a day or so once you pop the cork, otherwise decant it for at least 2 hours before enjoying. This seems odd for a wine at this price, but we might as well take this time to suggest that you DECANT EVERY SINGLE RED WINE YOU INTEND TO DRINK.

Color: Clarified cranberry cocktail. Watered down and light in a decidedly Pinot way.

Nose: Sour cherry, must, white pepper and garlic. Sounds like a crappy dessert.

Taste: Cola (Pepsi Cola to be exact), hard cherry candy, white pepper and paprika. Nice shot of green bell pepper on the mid-palate leading to a strong finish of cherry preserves and smokey blackberry.

With Food: Game, sweet spice-rubbed meats and pork. Also good on its own.

Where to Buy: $8.04 at! Also at Cost Plus World Market for around $6.99.

Check out our other Pinot Noir reviews.

Remember to subscribe to get all the latest reviews from Wine Welfare!

3 Responses to “Wine Review: Cycles Gladiator Pinot Noir 2006”

  1. Thanks for the post and compliments on the label. “Sounds like a crappy dessert”, I’d say so! But works nicely for the wine, yes? I look forward to reading more of your reviews!


    Hahn Family Wines

  2. Wine Welfare Says:
    January 6, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks, Philip! We’re big fans of Cycles Gladiator wines here because of the mind-boggling QPR. How is everything at Hahn?

  3. […] were trying to see if we could pick up three bottles for under $20, and we just about did it. The Cycles Gladiator Pinot Noir was another of the three, and the third is still to come. The Montepellier Merlot is unlike any of […]

What Do You Think?