I don’t always go into my posts with a plan of attack. It’s a blog. It’s mean to be fun. And the adventure is not knowing what I’m going to write about next. Sometimes I find the wine. Sometimes it finds me. The bonus is any complements I may find, to go with that selection, happenstance or not. Well all of that came together today, with the 2011 Prisma Pinot Noir from Chile and distributed/supplied by Brazos Wine Imports.
I would like to thank Chesapeake Wine Company for their recommendation of this bottle. I will admit, that the label had me sold. As you can see above, I wasn’t alone in that sentiment. The hippiness and pizzazz of the image caught my eye. And as we approach Spring, this is a kind of lighter wine that may appeal more, than the fuller ones we drink in the colder seasons.
From there, I read the owners review. It may be hard to read in the notes above, but, this is a light bodied, fruit oriented wine, containing strawberries and cherries. The kicker, for me, was that orange and floral peel smells were detected. I was intrigued. Funny how things work out though…
Minutes after purchasing this bottle, I stopped by a fundraiser/bake sale nearby, and one of the items for sale, were candied orange peels. I’m thinking to myself, how serendipitous is that?
And here is how I paired my vino. Now, for the wine itself, it’s not my favorite. When I smell it, I do detect a small amount of oak, as the bottle describes. For reds, my mantra has always been, the more oak the better! When there’s a small scent of it, you may not always find it when drinking. And that’s what happened, for me, here. The candied orange peels definitely heightened something after I had a sip. And the after taste lingered for a little while, which is a good thing. And while I do like light wines, this one did not wow me completely. I could also say it tastes like strawberry preserves, which is charming. But, something just seemed missing. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I wasn’t blown away.
And at a price tag of $16, which is reasonable, I wanted a little something more. If this were $10 and under, I might feel better about this purchase.
But, for overall label, and for me having candied orange feels (which were awesome by the way), I am happy I tried a little something different. And that’s the fun of wine drinking. There’s so many to choose from, it’s sometimes just fun to go with your instincts, or in this case, a beautiful label.
All the best,