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2016

Adulation

Pinot Noir

California, United States

Alc. 14.5 %

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$24.99
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$19.49
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Pinot Noir comes in a wide variety of styles, so don't type cast this varietal as 'light' or 'subtle'. Depending on where the grapes are grown, Pinot can offer a range of flavours, textures, and aromas. Synonymous with Burgundy, France, Pinot Noir here is simply 'Red Burgundy', and produces the pinnacle of Pinots — think herbaceous and earthy. In Italy it is referred to as Pinot Nero and is similar to the French version, but coming from a cooler climate, you can expect deeper flavours1 with some spice and smoke.

'New world' Pinot ranges from floral in Chile, to rich in New Zealand. Within the US there is also a range of styles, where Oregon and Pacific Northwest variations are tart, rustic, and lighter in colour, and California trends toward plump and lush. The Cali style of Pinots are favoured by those who enjoy bolder wines with an emphasis on full body and ample fruit flavour.

This is a WineCollective exclusive, so snag yourself a few bottles to be able to share with friends and family! Show them the darker (in a good way) side of Pinot Noir! Enjoy by 2021 and serve slightly below room temperature 16-18 C.

Look

Strawberry coloured at the base, with a fading hue of garnet that turns slightly brickish at the outer rim.

Smell

Ripe and scrumptious berries, from wild strawberry to dark cherry. There is baking spice galore, like clove, nutmeg and cinnamon. All the perfect winter aromas to enjoy near a toasty fire or over a warm meal. There are also notes of dried florals and sweet oak that add a nice surprise.

Taste

Bushel of stewed berries greet us, reminiscent of the makings of plum jelly or mulled wine. Grilled strawberries give a warming fruit note that is both tart and a tad spicy. There are more cloves and cinnamon too, but lighter here than on the nose. Pink peppercorns that offer a sweet spice, followed by more of that toasted oak quality. The acidity and tannins are both mild and easy, blending easily with the medium bodied weight of the wine.

Pairing

A classic wine that will pair perfectly with a classic meal, like roasted duck, baked salmon, or a turkey pot pie. A wine for almost any occasion, but definitely appreciates a home cooked meal. How about an Irish potato pie, with bacon and savoury rosemary?!

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