Les Vins Pirouettes 2018 Pinot Noir
So normally one thinks Burgundy, Oregon, or Cali (thanks Meomi-Not!), however this lovely organic and natural Pinot is from Alsace, France.
Yes this region has gone back and forth from German territory to French territory since the 500s, so a lot of food, wine, and architecture are influenced by these two countries. (Alsace is one of the world's largest organic and biodynamic regions.)
This Pinot comes from a single vineyard with 40 year old vines. There is no sulfur added, fining, or filtering.
So the cloudiness you get in your glass is all natural and super yummy. The grapes were picked in the fall of 2018 and then aged on the less for a year past that in stainless steel.
Sometimes I can find Pinot Noirs too soft and not enough backbone going on, but not with this Pinot. This Pinot comes from a vineyard with 40 year old vines. There is no sulfur added, fining, or filtering... so the cloudiness you get in your glass is all natural and super yummy. The grapes were picked in the fall of 2018 and then aged on the less for a year past that in stainless steel.
There are bright red elements on the edge, but more a clay red because of the unfining/unfiltering.
The legs are fast forming and run down the glass at a rapid pace. The wine is 14.1 ABV, so the natural sediment and higher alcohol level adds to the weight and body of the wine.
The smell is of roses, cherry, moist/dark forest floor, sage, and black pepper. On the second inhale this wine reminded me of walking in the woods in late Spring/early Summer with blueberries budding, and ended with drinking wine around a campfire. Oh, that sounds perfect!
The taste is of cherry, strawberry, black pepper, chamomile tea, light espresso, and a wisp of campfire as well as that nighttime woodsy outdoorsy smell.