Another wine from Love Noir. I must say this is a faultless performance : all their wines are excellent. As of this writing (May 2019) there are three in all, two I already reviewed on this blog the Love Noir Satin Red , the Love Noir Rosé and this one which I am reviewing in this post.
Their website : https://www.lovenoirwine.com
This last one I am reviewing is a Pinot Noir. I am not so much used to drinking Pinot Noir (except from Burgundy wines back in the day when I was living in France) : in truth I had never really tasted a Pinot Noir from California (nor from any part of the world except Burgundy as I said) apart from one other California Pinot Noir during this past winter, that was either too old or faulty so that doesn’t really count (review yet to come). So I didn’t really know what to expect.
13.5% vol. Screw cap.
Brown red in glass, almost no rim, greasy on glass but no legs per se or they vanish rapidly. A really surprising brown to purple color, the brownish tint is really marked.
Nose : mocha, chocolate and leather. Rich warm notes but no fruit. Elegant and distinguished (racé).
In mouth the fruit appear : red fruit and cherry, very cherry actually, although I didn’t smell it during direct nose olfaction. Then cocoa, chocolate (dark chocolate) and coffee (on the mocha side). It feels almost like eating a cherry dipped into melted chocolate. Then leather, a hint of wood and a slight very pleasant bitterness.
Medium to long in mouth and the after mouth is of chocolate and cocoa definitely.
The acidity is well balanced as in a ripe cherry.
Then again chocolate, leather and melted tannins : it almost calls for a cigar !
As I am not a Pinot Noir drinker, I don’t know if this mix of red fruit and dark notes (cocoa / coffee), is to be expected or is usual in a Pinot Noir.
In any case it’s a very enjoyable wine, it can even be an after dinner wine treat with some fine chocolate and a cigar, to sip with friends while rebuilding the world, as we use to do in France after fine meals late at night with some nice liquor or spirit.
After the tasting I had it with pumpkin gratin (a sort of French casserole with a topping of breadcrumbs cooked in the oven, in this case a provencal family recipe).