09 Central Coast Pinot Noir
GATHER ROUND CHILDREN, GATHER ROUND, OL UNCLE BOWTIE HAS A STORY TO TELL YOU! WHAT? WHY AM I SHOUTING? BECAUSE I'M OLD!
Is that better? Are you happy now? Has the headache and nausea subsided? Good, as Paul Harvey used to say, Now, for the rest of the story.
Holy Tartrate Batman! I'm guessing you two had some bottle shock as I apparently have a different wine entirely. First off, I have never seen tartrate crystals the size of these. I could have fashioned jewelry from them and I'm only slightly exaggerating. I honestly looked over the lip of the bottle because I thought maybe some had broken off into the glass. It was bad enough I actually fished them out.
Initial pop and pour(4:30CST): aside from the splash of the tartrate we've got a pretty straightforward Pinot going on here. Cherries, little bit of loam, not overpowering, pleasant enough nose. Not getting any mushroom funk on the palate at all, mainly muted little cherries, little tart, like if you ate cherries and crabapple together. Not an unpleasant thing by any stretch. I'm going to go get some more and update this with an edit later.
Edit the first (4:50): That's weird. My first pour was hardly anything, maybe 1/2 ounce (I always do that on first pour, dunno why, just seems right). This pour is closer to a standard pour and the nose is radically different. Much more barnyard, but in a twist, it blew off as I was typing the preceding. Maybe it was just because the dog was in my lap and he smells like a sack of anus (anii?). First sip is closed, no tannin, slight bit of heat, but nothing to really distract. I should mention I'm drinking this from an actual pinot glass, I'm guessing the others did as well. Such an odd shaped glass, almost useless since I don't drink Pinot that often. Anyway, I'm still not getting what the others got. So far I kinda like this one.
Nother Edit (5:18): Wine has evolved a little, more cherries on the nose and something that almost reminds me of heavily chlorinated water. It's not real apparent, but I swear it smells like a public pool, which makes me think of bikini's, so I'm down with it. Swirling gives a little bit of mushroom and cherry (maybe I'm confusing the mushroom with chlorine?). Regardless, it's not a bad smell. On the tongue, this reminds me of exactly why I don't drink much Pinot:
Bowties guide to Pinot: Pinot, for me, seems to fall into one of two categories.
One: Lots of funk, not a lot of fruit, and I don't really like that. As you may remember from previous reviews of Pinot, I like mushroom in my mushrooms, not my wine.
Two: Fruit forward, which I'd put this one in. The problem with a fruit forward Pinot is it's basically a Sangiovese with an English Lit degree that spent five years in the job market, realized their degree was useless and moved back in with mom and dad and basically just gave up on life. So that doesn't really appeal to me either.
Basically, this falls into the gave up on life side, so if you like that style of Pinot, you'll probably like this, just give it a week or two before you even THINK of opening it. I got mine on Thursday and it has sat upright in the same spot since that time.
Now, the verdict: This is a good fruit focused Pinot. It has a little bit of the funk that all Pinots have, but the fruit is the major player here. It's actually quite pleasant, but I like my tart cherries to beat me over the head like a Noceto Sangio. If you enjoy a more restrained style, this is a good bet. I actually like this one and would happily drink it if someone else provided it, but again, Pinot and I are casual acquaintances at best, like the booty call of wine. I like it, but if I've got other options, I'm probably taking the other option.
I really am curious why my experience is so different than the other two. Hopefully it's a matter of bottle shock and not flawed bottles.
This will be the last update. I'm gonna down the rest of it and open a bottle of something else. I think I have some crown that I got for Christmas that wants to be ingested.
"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it."
– George Bernard Shaw, author (1856-1950)