2006 Valley of the Moon Pinot Noir
Friday, December 30, 2011 at 9:58 AM Posted by David
Labels: glen ellen, pinot noir, valley of the moon
2008 Rothschild and 2009 MacMurray Pinot Noirs
Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 4:45 PM Posted by David
No pictures today, just trying to get a couple more bottles written up.
First is a 2008 Rothschild Vin de Pays d'Oc pinot noir that hails from the south of France. The label touts morello cherry, black currant, and violet. I don't have how much I paid for it, but I'm guessing in the low teens.
I aerate my reds instead of decanting them. My notes say I could taste the black currant, but I might have been getting the morello cherry. This was a sweeter pinot than many that I've drunk this season. Less tannin maybe. I don't tend to like sweeter wines, but this is my favorite pinot to date.
Second is a 2009 MacMurray pinot from the Central Coast of California. This was property owned by actor Fred MacMurray (Double Indemnity, My Three Sons). This one ran me just under $15 at Sam's Club. The label of this one claims flavors of red cherry, cola, briar, and vanilla. OK, what exactly does briar taste like, and who goes around chewing a piece to find out?
This one seemed to have what I describe as a slight "vinegary" taste to it. Maybe the bottle was already past its prime. Also slightly sweeter than other pinots. I caught a note in it that I couldn't put my finger on, maybe the elusive briar. Like the Rothschild, a nice wine. If you're looking for a pinot for dinner with friends or for wine and cheese, either of these would go well.
Labels: MacMurray, pinot noir, Rothschild