Let’s face it, wine can be confusing. It doesn’t have to be this way. Delicious booze should be understood and appreciated by all. Patrick Cappiello, the award-winning wine director at Rebelle in New York City, completely agrees. So he is going to break down the basics of the most common wine varietals you’ll find in a store or at a restaurant. He starts with Pinot Noir, explaining the qualities of the grape, regions where it grows best, proper glassware, what a good one will look, smell and tastes like, food pairings and other varietals to try if you find you like Pinot Noir.
Very soft cork (well stored). Seems like one of their “fire sale” buys (expiring vintage like Far Niente chard. Color has slight tinge of brown (probably due to age).
Nose on bottle open is nothing spectacular, but opens up in 5-10 minutes. Initial palette is aweso
me – very soft and smooth with a lot of tangy fruit flavor (but not acidic). Yummy tart lingers on front of tongue.
For $16.99, I prefer this even more than Schug. As it’s now going on 15 minutes, the nose is even more complex and gaining floral perfume-like aromas.
Krunch Rating: 91 points
My Rating 93 Points. Price $55. Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim. On the nose, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, licorice, oak, vanilla, wildflowers, alcohol, licorice, spices, chocolates, smoke, eucalyptus, green pepper and black pepper. Full bodied with medium plus acidity, buttery and elegant, with great legs. Fruity and dry on the palate with […]
via Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Vinyard Pinot Noir 2014, California — Odedi’s Wine Reviews Blog
My Rating 83 Points. Price $14. Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim and medium intensity. Fruity nose with blueberries, cherries, plums, light oak, earth, metals, smoke, licorice, bitter herbs, bell pepper and peppercorn. Medium bodied and smooth, with medium acidity and nice legs. Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, licorice oak, […]
via Hahn Estate Monterey County Pinot Noir 2014, California — Odedi’s Wine Reviews Blog
My Rating 80 Points. Price $10. Light ruby in color with a light red rim and light intensity. Fruity nose of cherries, strawberries, currants, barnyard, earth, green vegetables, herbs, animal notes, light vanilla and black pepper. Light bodied and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs. Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, strawberries, […]
via William Wright Winery Premium Hand Selected Pinot Noir 2013 Monterey County, California — Odedi’s Wine Reviews Blog
Harvested on Sept. 18, the grapes were in great shape. After 3 days of cold soak and 10 days of fermentation the wine finished dry. The native ml started slow and was finished Dec.14 after 75 days. The wine was bottled after 10 months in barrel with no filtration. One of the best vintages of Horseshoe Bend made to date.
Fruity characters characters of dark raspberry, plum and papaya with subtle floral notes. Nice mouth feel of similar solid fruit structured with a soft dusty note on the finish.