This was the star of the 4th Virtual Wine Tasting. I would normally taste a Pinot Noir right after the whites/Rosès and well before a hearty Merlot- but this wine was the ringer. I knew it would be the overall favorite so I wanted it to come last and stand on it’s own merits. It was stunning. It showed very nicely in the glass, see through with medium shades of purple. On the nose I immediately got the telltale cherry. Others noted cinnamon, chocolate and strawberry. It was not heavily tilted on any one component, rather a very nice melangè of all the smells. On the palate it showed off black cherry, spice box, cedar in the form of cigar box. Fine grained tannins and a very balanced acidity made this wine very balanced and gave it a nice crisp mouthfeel. Many in the group did not like some of the tannic wines- this one was right up their alley. Pinot, being such a delicate and light grape is difficult to grow and make into a balanced and delicious offering- once again this winery has done it very nicely. This cuvee is their lower priced offering that hits on all cylinders. I am going with 91 points and 5 stars for this $45 beaut. Drink till 2028 with lighter fare. Salut….
Absolutely see-through and a very pale shade of red. The nose gives me bing cherry, wild strawberry and clove. The palate is quite intriguing. A muted red fruit presence with a touch of cinnamon and mushroom. Raspberries represent on the mid palate alongside rooibos tea and sour cherry. The acidity slides in nicely, not overdone nor abrupt. It’s a nice mouthfeel with a touch of heat on the finish. There is a cedar component as well that I’m enjoying. Overall it’s a decent Pinot that I’m giving 89 points. 4 stars for this $16 effort. Salut….
See through pale purple with nice legs in the glass. The nose is all about strawberries. After a good swirl there’s violets and some yellow cherries. On the palate it’s a very smooth rendition of strawberry meets cherry cobbler. A touch of oak is a nice nuance. The mid palate continues the theme and some acidity kicks in. There’s a nice mouthfeel to this wine that carries it on to a decent length finish . I’m digging it and the beercan chicken is gonna pair beautifully. 90 points. Drink till 2026. This wine gets 3 stars for its $40 average price. Salut….
One of the lightest, most clear wines I have ever seen. On the nose- strawberry, violets, maraschino cherry and a faint touch of oak. On the palate it is lithe, smooth, tasty and well balanced. Strawberries and rhubarb hit me. The mid palate is so smooth and brimming with red fruits. The tannins are quite present for a Pinot, I am enjoying them immensely. The dryness continues on the medium to long finish which has more strawberry. 92 points for this very seductive wine made by Eola Hills that gets 5 stars. $45 at the cellar door. Drink till 2025 with roast Cornish hens, NY Strip or some cheese and crackers. Salut….
Super pale, with virtually no opacity. The nose is neither old- nor new-world. A mix between the two. Classic cherry with the addition of strawberry coulis. A hint of rose water hits me right at the end. On the palate this wine is super smooth, with a great mouthfeel. Tannins are just present, the acidity is finite and balancing. The cherry flavors give way to roasted coffee and vanilla bean. The mid palate is lush with ripe black cherries with a tannic thrust. The fruit really comes out on the finish alongside a charred oak note. It is intriguing, delicious and nice to drink. I am pairing it with cherry glazed pork chops and roasted potatoes. It would do a roasted Cornish Hen justice IMHO. Great Fall wine to go and seek out. 91 points and 4 stars for this $40 wine. Salut….
I took Moxie out for a late supper last night at our local Korean/Cajun fusion restaurant called Mokomandy. We were deep in conversation when the drink order was up, so I asked the waiter what he would recommend and ended up with this Willamette Valley Pinot to go with our eclectic dinner.
It’s funny how some wines taste a certain way to some people, yet others have totally different opinions. Here we go…
Pinot Purple in the glass, with the telltale see-through hues of a this fickle grape. Red fruits and a straw component hit me on the nose, I was excited to discover what shade of ‘New World’ this wine would be. I immediately got sour cherry, strawberry and cranberries on the initial attack, and when I say sour- yowsah…. This wine is most definitely Oregonian in style with some bracing acidity and melded tannins. The finish was decent with a lingering note of forest floor and strawberry. The acidity was a little too much for me, making the wine seem a tad off-balance. I bet it will hold up well in the cellar though and perhaps come out strong in a few years. Back to the differing of opinions- the winemaker’s website claims flavors of blackberry and black cherry with peppery notes. I went the other direction with red fruits and certainly no pepper, interesting. 89 points from me for this tasty effort and 3 stars for it’s $22 price tag. Salut….
The second wine in my Pinot Noir tasting flight….. Different, somewhat funky. Not the earthy, ass of donkey kind of funky that I like. Just funky. I finally got over it and started to enjoy the red fruits that came out on the initial palate, accompanied by some subdued cherry flavors. I did not notice any tannins(see previous post) and thought the balance was very good. No noticeable alcohol is a great feature of the this wine that really grew on me. Initial funk aside, I enjoyed the new world twist on his varietal. A decent finish and I’m done tasting this 4 star effort. 89 points (see my previous post on ratings).