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).