Some mysteries are important to unravel and solve. Others, however, are perhaps better left to the mists of the unknown. Take for instance the question, “What is a smoking loon?” Seriously! I know that a loon is a type of bird, but I don’t think they smoke – certainly not cigars as is suggested by the fun illustration on the winery’s colorful labels. I have to admit that the name is catchy. And, honestly, what I really want to know is what’s inside the bottle. So, of course, I popped the cork on this Smoking Loon.
Notes: I was surprised at how pungent the bouquet was on this Pinot Noir. Although not hugely complex, it was vibrant with cedar and dark berry aromas. Acidity was bright while tannins were on the moderate side but still players. Alcohol was at 13.5% in this light-bodied selection, and there was a pleasant slightly plush feeling to this wine as it traversed the palate. Flavors I found were a bit darker than many Pinot Noirs I’ve had, hewing to dark currant, cherry and oak with a medicinal/camphor zip when the tannins bit. I would think this Pinot Noir could pair well with a variety of dishes. I appreciated this selection even more because I was able to grab it on sale for $6.99.
* at Trader Joe’s for $7.99