Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Four Graces Pinot Noir

Black Family Vineyards
Pinot Noir 
Willamette Valley
McMinnville, Oregon, USA

$25.99 -- Spec's, Austin, TX

Color: Medium strawberry
Nose: Strawberry, cherry, Spanish chorizo, black pepper, a little pig
Body: Medium
Front: Tart cherry
Middle: Creamy blackberry, peppermint, vanilla
Back: Soft tannins, thyme, mud
Burns clean?: Yes
Cap: Fake cork  

This is more like it. Interesting, multilayered, not-just-fruity Pinot Noir at a price that I might be willing to pay. I'd guess this will get more interesting still with a year or two in the bottle, as the tannins and acids play well off each other on the palate. The result is a really smooth wine, exceedingly drinkable and elegant. It actually stood up to the chili I made tonight (following Emeril Lagasse's recipe, except for certain particular ingredients that it was ridiculous to attempt to obtain). I'm going to get another bottle or two of this, for certain.

Do not be scared by the little pig. It's just a little pig.