Saturday, July 20, 2013

Cave St. Verny Le Pinot Noir, 2007

This is probably the least expensive Pinot Noir on the market, and it's a far cry from being the worst. It comes from a cooperative in the Cotes d'Auvergne in the center of France.

Medium garnet. Subtle red berries, cherries. Taut. Slight pepper on the mid-palate. Light bodied and subtle with a spicy finish with a hint of almonds. Is it subtle or stingy? Some would say the latter but I far prefer over any of the overly sweet, cinnamon tinged Pinots I've had from Monterey County. Over the course of the meal, the flavors start to open. Flowers and cranberries. I think the wine may get better over the next year or so.

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