Cotillion Pinot Noir 2013

Feel like dancing?  I’m not talking about the headsnapping dance I mentioned previously.  I mean something a bit more sedate this time around.  You see, a cotillion was an 18th century French dance.

Looks an awful lot like square dancing to me but to quieter more refined music.  I was in a square dance club when I was a young kid, so I’ve done my share of do-si-dos, allemande lefts, and promenades.  We were called the Wheelers and Dealers.  It was fun!  Only real drawback for me was that at my tender age I was shorter than most of the girls.  Ha!

Oenophilogical_CotillionPinotNoir2013Winemaker: Cotillion (by Ashford Court)
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2013
Appellation: California
Price: $9.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes: This Pinot Noir was a blend of grapes from three counties in California.  The mix was 60% from Monterey County, 24% from Sonoma County, and 16% from Santa Barbara County.  In the bouquet I found scents of pine resin, moss, and mushroom with an underpinning of red berries.  This light-bodied selection was a dark burgundy hue in the glass with high acidity.  Alcohol came in at 13.8%, and tannins were on the light side with a slow grip.  On the tongue I detected cherry, boysenberry, tea leaf and bitters.

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Echelon Pinot Noir 2013

As we move into fall with the impending holidays, I thought I might post these notes from seasons past.

Oenophilogical_EchelonPinotNoir2013Winemaker: Echelon
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2013
Appellation: California
Price: $7.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes: The color of this Pinot Noir was a medium garnet.  The bouquet contained a generous amount of cedar as well as earth, berries, and a hint of beef.  It was light-bodied with good acidity.  This Echelon also had 13% alcohol and medium tannins.  On the palate I tasted cherry, ash, pomegranate, and tea.

Lindeman’s Pinot Noir 2015

What to drink as accompaniment to a turkey burger at home?  If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you may note that turkey burgers are pretty common in my home.  They’re easy and quick to make and have less of the cholestrol-upping fats that doctors and dieticians keep telling us are bad for longevity.  Not that I don’t splurge on a beef burger once in awhile.

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On one particular evening, this Australian Pinot Noir won the toss to pair with a turkey burger.  After all, if Pinot Noir goes so well with Thanksgiving turkey ….  Of course, the right beverage may also depend on what condiments you plan on adding to the turkey burger.  That night I wasn’t in an especially adventurous mood, so I wasn’t expecting any great disturbances in the flavor force on my palate.

Winemaker: Lindeman’s
Wine: Bin 99
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2015
Appellation: South Eastern Australia
Price: $5.99

Notes: The Bin 99 was light-bodied with good acidity.  I thought tannins were around medium while alcohol clocked in at 13.5%.  Regarding flavors, I tasted strawberry, green bell pepper, and black pepper along with bitter brambles.  Fairly simple but ok for the task at hand.

Natura Pinot Noir 2013

Here is a wine called Nature from Chile as well as some scenes of nature’s beauty in Chile.

Vineyard: Natura by Emiliana Vineyards
Wine:  Pinot Noir
Vintage:  2013
Appellation:  Colchagua Valley, Chile
Price: $9.99 at Whole Foods

Notes:  I love it when a wine surprises me (in a good way).  In this case it was the bouquet that brought a fun aroma of strawberry soda to my nose as well as scents of earth, pepper and green herbs.    This Pinot was light-bodied with good-to-high acidity and light tannins.  Alcohol was at 13.5%.  On the palate I caught flavors of strawberry, white pepper, green herbs and a hint of mushroom.  I found it a pleasant, gentle selection.  Although Turkey Day is a long way off, this wouldn’t be bad at all with a gently seasoned bird.

Chapelle Saint Antonin Pinot Noir 2013

The Chapelle Saint Antonin is a chapel in the Jacobin (Dominican) monastery in Toulouse, France.

Founded in 1229 by the “Order of Preachers,” the original church was completed in 1250.  From that point until the mid 14th century, it continued to expand and grow.  One of the additions was the Chapelle Saint Antonin built by Dominique Grima, prior of the convent and the Bishop of Pamiers, to be a final resting place for members of the order and Canons of Pamiers.  Although the monastery suffered some damage during the French Revolution and Napoleonic period, it has been lovingly restored.

Vineyard: Chapelle Saint Antonin
Wine:  Reserve Pinot Noir
Varietal:  Pinot Noir
Vintage:  2013
Appellation:  Pays d’Oc, France IGP
Price: $9.99 at Whole Foods

Notes:  The color of this Reserve Pinot was a deep ruby.  On the nose I caught fairly pungent aromas of pine forest, pepper, and berries.  It was light-bodied with high acidity and medium tannins.  Alcohol was at 12.5%.  On the tongue I tasted cherry, smoke, some pine, a touch of pepper and brambly woodiness.  It was a fine PN, and I think it would serve well as an accompaniment for game fowl, chicken thighs, turkey leg.  You get the idea.  By the way, you will definitely want to let this one breathe before serving or the woodiness will be the overarching flavor.

Mark West Pinot Noir 2012

First time I had a glass of Mark West Pinot Noir was during late night happy hour at Old Ebbitt’s Grill in Washington, DC.  Old Ebbitt’s is an institution in the nation’s Capitol.  It is located steps from the White House and has the distinction of being Washington’s oldest bar and restaurant.  Although it isn’t in the same location as when first opened in the late 18th century, you can feel the history when you walk in the door.  And you get the feeling that history is still being made there.  The grill attracts an eclectic clientele from Washington power elite to international tourists to locals looking for a place to kibitz after a show at one of the outstanding area theaters.

Vineyard: Mark West
Wine:  Pinot Noir
Vintage:  2012
Appellation:  California
Price: $14.99

Notes:  I’d call the color of this Pinot a medium ruby.  On the fairly subtle nose I found scents of strawberry, blueberry and earth.  It was a light-bodied selection with good acidity.  Flavors for me were strawberry, a touch of blueberry, tea, and a hint of mushroom.  The finish was quite tart – zippy even.  

Bogle Pinot Noir 2012

Because Pinot Noir is known to generally be a good accompaniment for a holiday turkey, I did a little advance tasting several weeks ago.  This Pinot was on sale at my local grocery store, so I decided to see about it.

Vineyard: Bogle
Wine:  Pinot Noir
Vintage:  2012
Appellation:  California
Price: $9.99

Notes:  The color was a medium ruby.  On the nose I caught scents of berries, rubber, pine, and … a touch of wet dog.  I’m not kidding.  Anyway, It was light-bodied with high acidity and moderate tannins.  Alcohol was at 13.5%.  On the palate I tasted rubber, pepper, red berries and a hint of pine.  I’m not sure I’d pair this with your typical holiday turkey, but I think it would be a good match for a gamey fowl — duck or maybe goose.