While picking up more shipments from FedEx, I was also given an unexpected small box that gurgled. I don't order single bottles, well, perhaps if they are triple digit bottles it would only be one, but those I'd remember, as they are few and too far in-between. But here was a single. Curious, it got opened before I even left, just incase it may be a mistake and need to be returned.
Restrained and rather elegant label and no UPC! Yes. While I don't buy based on a label, I have been known to ~not~ buy based on a label. Off to a good start, this one's not going anywhere but home, a nice gift for a Memorial Day weekend.
Not wanting to drink alone, I put out the call to some pinophiles. If only there were some WW'ers near, alas, none I know of yet…
Rick and Rosa were up to the task, and suggested a call to Ray and Cathy. Accepted. SWMBO tagged along and Vesa made an appearance as well. Not a lot to go around, but we'll make it work. Food for the evening was a nice garden/fruit salad and hickory grilled burgers, with or w/o a white cheese and assortment of garni.
A bit too chilled initially, in anticipation of warming during travel it spent some time in the fridge, PnP into some Pinot glasses for a bit to warm and breath; perhaps 30~45 minutes tops.
Ray: (Likes PN's, but won't drink wine with food, only before or after)
First Impressions: When still a little cool
Light colored with crystal clarity
Its pleasing nose really got my attention
The first sips showed some spice and elegance
A light body
Later: When at room temperature
Smooth but undistinguished.
Fruit flavors were weak
I was very surprised to hear it had a 14.7% alcohol content considering it tasted light.
The conversation was more important than the wine (as it should be?)
No real finish
I ate a large amount of raw Onion on my burger
o I think this had an impact on my “later” impressions
The wine seemed to show better when a little cool
Retest with it chilled to confirm this.
Rick: (likes PN's)
Wonderful nose. Great clarity. Long legs. Medium red color. High alcohol content, but you'd never know it from the drinking. Hints of dark berries. Excellent all around balance. An extremely delightful wine.
Rosalinda: (white and bubbly, but enjoys reds)
Hints of blackberries. Beautiful, clear, jewel-like, red color. Very smooth and soft. High glycerine. Tart nose.
Vesa: (a predominately white wine drinker)
Quite clear. Initial taste when fairly chilled very light and smooth. A good PN with earth notes. As it warmed, berry emerged, a tartness, but still smooth and very drinkable. No noticeable tannins on the finish.
Me: (an equal opportunity consumer still in training)
Color: brilliantly clear garnet, lacking saturation typical of lighter PN's I've met
Nose: still a bit cool to cold, so not a lot to distinguish at I'm tryin' to think, but nuthin' happens.Taste: gentle entry, still a bit closed; some berry and earth, no funk, carried thru the mid palate to a medium-short finish nondescript finish.
Clearly, to me, this needs a bit of time open and warmth still.
As I tapped off ~200 ml, I'll revisit this later at home.
Today, with the squirreled sample and a bit of time.
Appearance unchanged, you expected differently?
Resting in a glass and warming to the mid to upper 60's, there is much more to enjoy.
Nose is still earth, mushrooms, restrained fruit, no alcohol to speak of.
The nose carries true to the palate, still light, and now tart of cherries. This isn't an in-your-face PN. It's subtle, in a good way for me at least. A bit of acid to balance things out, and now a nice smooth tannic-fruit finish I wish would linger jut a bit more.
This is a nice pleasant sipper on it's own or it's got enough stuffing to hold up to light to medium food stuffs. I'm pleased.
What, you want to know what it was?
2008 Macrae Family Winery Pinot Noir Bacigalupi Vineyard.
Other PN's we had that first night were a ~$35 bottle of 2008 Gloria Ferrer Pinot Noir Jose S. Ferrer Estate and a throw-in $21 bottle of 2010 Laetitia Winery Pinot Noir Estate.
The Macrae was the standout compared to the fruitiness of the Ferrer and the rawness of the Laetitia.
At ~$25/btl I'll likely be in for a three-pack.
 At $15/btl I had no hesitation, and the 2007 is a plus.