Quick Swirl: Camelot Pinot Noir 2002 (PB)
Okay, the mark of a genuine enophile is being able to actually go on record praising an inexpensive wine. A wine snob couldn’t possibly bring himself to admit that a cheap wine can be enjoyable. My wife picked this up thinking she was buying the Camelot Pinot Noir recommended by Gaiter and Brecher in the Wall Street Journal just a week or two ago. But she bought the 2002 and it was the 2003 that received the praise and “best value” rating from two of my favorite wine writers.
I just had it with curried scallops. On the pour it is really light; almost enough to conclude that this couldn’t possibly be any good. In the glass it has light scents of currants and too much alcohol. But...with twenty minutes or so of air time, there was a thrilling though fleeting moment of dill which gave way to some pretty definite flavors of dried cherries and currants. At $6.50 where I bought it, how can you go wrong? I can’t wait to find the 2003! By the way, the 2001 of this same wine was equally good though more intense on raisins! Now put aside your scepticism and raise and a glass!