Basic info: Authentique Wine Cellars “The Corridor” Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR – 2015
Price estimate: $35 (Backcountry Wines)
Look: Dark garnet in color. Good legs.
Smell: Subtle alcohol with dark berry aromas.
Taste: Raspberry, black cherry, caramel and a little milk chocolate. There is a black forest cake note in this wine and the finish is pretty good with the caramel and cherry flavors lingering.
Conclusions: I liked this wine. It was really nice to drink, but it wasn’t one that blew me away. I’m not sure why, either. Looking at the description it should be something I’m ga-ga over, but it just wasn’t. It was good, very good, but not one I’m probably going to remember six months from now.
Other notes: We had this when John came to town – I showed him the spreadsheet of wine and said, “pick.” It was nice to share a bottle with him and get another opinion on the wine.
From the bottle: No bottle notes, but from the winery, “Enigmatic. Pomegranate, bergamot and dusty raspberry. The palate is bright with yellow raspberry and great tension lingering for a long baking spice finish. 16 months elevage in 40% new French Oak.” (I forgot to write down the abv and can’t find it on the website. Oops.)