Saturday, July 30, 2005

Mark West Pinot Noir 2003 (PB)

This lighter wine has a fine bouquet of fruit and a nose that hints of celery. Alcohol comes to the fore a little too strongly but I believe this is a result of the wine being served too warm.

In the mouth this wine is peppery in a large way with a subtle taste of chocolate, and a big blast of smoke that fades quickly. The finish is brief and it is a little “hot.”

Bringing the temperature down by chilling it in the refrigerator for an hour or so eliminates the premature volatility of alcohol aromas and nothing but big berry scents fill the air. The finish is still brief but with some nice raisiny notes. This is a good example of a Pinot Noir. I paid $13 for it but have seen it for $11. Not bad for the money and paired well with grilled pork chops with a lime, cilantro mayonnaise sauce both on the grill and with the meat when served. Raise a glass to beautiful Summer days of sun shine and 70's!

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