Cost: Average price $40
Where buy now: France 44 – $39.99
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
Region: Central Coast, Santa Maria, California
If you are looking for a splurge or need to find a great gift, I must send you to France 44 for this lovely bottle of Pinot Noir. The packaging alone is magnificent! If you love the melty-wax goodness look of the Maker’s Mark seal, this bottle won’t disappoint. It, too, has a sexy, waxy closure. But, unlike the April “Skank of the Month” I reviewed, this bottle is much more than just a pretty face.
Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir comes from a single vineyard in Santa Barbara, California. The vines sit at a lower altitude and this warmer climate produces more concentrated berry-fruit flavors. The strands used to make this wine are some of the oldest and largest in California.
Quite simply, it’s just a kick ass Pinot Noir. I had the pleasure of assisting a wine tasting host out at France 44 a month ago and this was one of said bottles. It was a favorite amongst the shoppers and definitely one of mine. Expect tastes that are both smooth, and yet complex. Flavors of tart ripe berries and sweet baking spices swirl with what seems like flavor of the ocean air lends itself to mouth-full of scrumptiousness.
Last, but not least: this is a wine you’ll want to stick your nose in- what a bouquet! Don’t be shy with this one, and retrieve scents of berries with a touch of cinnamon. And, oh yeah, the flavor on the tongue ain’t too bad, either.
I really don’t have much else to say [for once], and you know what? That’s just OK. Some wines just leave you with little more than a warm, fuzzy grin.