Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Toyed with the idea of creating a special category just for No Star's wine reviews. Thought I'd call it Spillable-Swillable-Refillable™. Also thought we ought to have a category called The Cheap Wine Commonsewer Speaks. The trouble with that is we've got so much debris on this site that it would create more confusion than it resolved. Maybe it's time to divest or spin off some of the extraneous stuff. [shrugs]
But for now, we have to be able to point the winos to a specific thread in order that they can wet their beak. Wish it was different.
Meantime, here's the latest from No Star.....
What’s wrong, friend? You say Sideways ruined any chance of finding a drinkable Pinot Noir at an affordable price? Au contraire, mon frère! It is true the movie increased sales of Pinot, sending prices skyward, but values can still be found.
I was perusing the wine selection at the local Safeway, with an eye on the $21 dollar 2006 Duck Pond Pinot Noir that has become one of my favorites. The wallet said no.
Closer to the floor I spied a 2006 Pepperwood Grove Pinot Noir for $7.98, or just $6.98 with a Safeway card! I figured it would be a California wine, but the label revealed that this wine hails from northern Italy. I thought this is a bit farther south than the premier Pinot growing areas of Northern Oregon and France’s Burgundy, but perhaps close enough. Safeway card in hand, I headed for the checkout stand with some sharp cheddar, smoked salmon and a box of Keebler™ Town House® Flipsides™ crackers (butter cracker on one side and pretzel on the other).
Normally, with an inexpensive, untried bottle of wine, I decant the wine. However, uncorking the Pepperwood Pinot released no off or medicinal odors and I was both hungry and thirsty and in no mood to wait. The color is a medium garnet with very little separation. The nose of this Pinot is a bit fruitier than what I expect. The flavor of strawberries came on very strong and I flashed back to my 21st birthday and a Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill hangover (and the sweet young thang next to me).
The strawberry rush lasts but a second, then the tastes of raspberries and Bing cherries appear. After several seconds, the fruit is wrapped in cloves, tannins, and oak. There is an earthiness to this wine’s finish that took me back to the forests of western Washington after a rain shower.
Pinot is classically paired with salmon and the Pepperwood was a good match for my late evening repast. The Keebler pretzel crackers are fun addition (TWC Note: Sez You!). This wine isn't nuanced with subtle flavors, but what do you want for seven bucks?
On the No Star™ Spillable-Swillable-Refillable scale, the 2006 Pepperwood Pinot Noir is swillable and refillable. In fact, I enjoyed the second glass more than the first as the strawberry flavor became better balanced with the other fruit.
TWC wishes to thank No Star for his appearance here today and to remind him that at two glasses he was just getting started.