Peter Dills, Southern California food critic, asked if I would kindly taste and review Director's Cut Pinot Noir. Peter explained I would be receiving a package that week. From the moment I opened it, I knew it was going to be a memorable wine. The package included: The wine, of course, Sophia treats in a pink container, a fancy wine stopper, a sexy deck of cards, and a movie about Coppola's dream.
One of the first things I noticed was the color of the wine. It had a veiled overlay, like a sheet of vellum toning down a Bing Cherry brightness.
Next was the nose. Nostalgia at its best: tobacco, hints of spice, cheese, wood. I could almost imagine myself in a 1960's upscale bar brandishing a cigarette, and wearing a glamorous dress surrounded by a glass of this wine and pungent cheese. The sheen of cherry wood all around.
The best part, though, was how it danced on my palate. Earthy with smoke, like a bonfire just before hovering a marshmallow near the hot embers. Fruity, but not like grape jam, more like the essence of a blackberry blossom offering itself to the bee.
In short, this wine is a wonderful everyday wine, and I will serve it next time alongside a smoky batch of short ribs and mischievous friends.
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