COLOR: Clear ruby. Nice legs.
AROMA: Raspberry. A brewed, steeped orange tea. Just a little bit of oak. Cinnamon toast. A beautiful, rich nose.
TASTE: Black currant. Cherry pie. Tea and orange. The tiniest bit of pepper emerged a third of the way through—SO much more pleasant than the spiciness I experience with most Pinot Noirs. Smooth, dangerously drinkable. Don’t forget to chew and swish! I’m not used to a medium-bodied, smooth Pinot Noir, but I like this very much. It’s nearly thin, yet it doesn’t suffer at all from the texture.
FINISH: Surprisingly long.
These folks really know what they’re doing. This refined yet rich, satisfying, and versatile wine tastes like it is WAY more expensive. We enjoyed this with grilled hamburger patties with bacon and cheese.
LABEL NOTES: Medium-bodied, structured Pinot Noir with bright cherry, sweet spice and a supple, velvety finish. Cola aromas and hints of vanilla pair with grilled mahi-mahi, bacon-wrapped shrimp or chocolate chip cookies. Serve at room temperature now or store away from direct sunlight for up to two years after purchase.
15,000 cases produced.
As winemaker David Georges says, “We like to make seriously good wines, but not take ourselves too seriously in the process.” Their protests about seriousness aside, for each bottle sold, they donate a pair of flip-flops to the needy (visit www.Soles4Souls.com).
For our review of Flipflop’s 2010 Pinot Grigio and more information about the winery and winemaker, please refer to http://www.thefrugalwinesnob.com/?p=438.
Sample received for review purposes. (And, as is the case with the Flipflop Pinot Grigio, we have also purchased subsequent bottles of the Flipflop Pinot Noir on our own, because these wines are just plain good and amazingly inexpensive.)