Happy Friday! It's been a very busy week and I am ready to relax! So what's more relaxing than opening a bottle of wine? Tonight I've decided to open up another bottle of by boss' reject wines, this one a Pinot Noir from the Loire Valley of France, the 2011 Clos du Tue-Boeuf La Calliere. So let's see what this one has to offer.
The color is very light in the glass, typical of an old world Pinot Noir. The nose presents aromas of tart cherry, fresh strawberry, dried herbs, tamarind and musty earth. The taste is a good bit of tart cherry up front that transitions into some smoke and earthy notes midpalate. The tannins are fairly mellow, leading to a fairly long, smooth, dry finish with just a bit of a reprise of red fruit at the end.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 7, it's nothing spectacular, but keep in mind that I am not a huge Pinot fan. This would be a nice summer sipper, to enjoy on the patio, and would pair well with a variety of lighter dishes. Tonight I am enjoying this one with a grilled chicken breast over mixed greens with some oven roasted Yukon Gold fingerling potatoes. Cheers!