Friday, August 6, 2010

Friday Fun with Wine.......

I had a great bottle of Pinot Noir this week. I was a big Pinot fan before that Sideways movie and finally damn good Pinot is as available as it was before the movie.

2006 Fiddlehead Pinot Noir Fiddlestix Vineyard Seven Twenty Eight. Long name right? This is a little producer making some killer Pinot from the Santa Rita Hills in the Central Coast. 728 represents the mile marker the vineyard is at on Santa Rosa Road and they make only 1900 cases. They claim they pick only the best 15% of the fruit and sell the rest off. This is good stuff. It displays upfront some delicate smokiness from French oak. I get some cherries. Ripe Bing and even Cherry Cola. I also get some earthiness in a little mushroom and some white peppery spice. This is really a good example of Pinot.

I paid $40 for it at a wine shop in Chicago.

I guess for Pinot 40 is the new 30? Is it fair? No, but I think that while the luxury end of the wine business is still in the doldrums I think this is the new price layer for quality Pinot Noir. I saw a bunch in the store on this particular day and many seemed to hover right around this price point. If it was all this good.............I'd never complain.

Have a good weekend. Drink good wine. Vaya Con Dios.


PFL0W said...

I discovered Malbecs this Summer over dinner with friends (at the R Bar) and now have a new, terrific, rich, dry red to go w/ steaks, marinara pasta and such.

I think I'm in love.

Mo Rage

JOCOeveryman said...

Just for you I'll review some Malbec next Friday........I love them too.

Anonymous said...

I love Malbec too. Can't wait to see your recommendations.