It’s no secret that I love wine. My kids have even given me Valentine’s Day cards with pictures of wine bottles on them.
My husband and I are really into Pinot Noirs. They are the perfect red wines to hang out and enjoy, but also pair well with all kinds of foods. We’ve been on a mission to try so many different Pinot Noirs….and we’ve been through A LOT!
Recently, there was a sale at our local Publix. It was buy one, get one free on a Pinot Noir that I had not had the pleasure of trying: Bread & Butter Pinot Noir. With a sale like that, of course I had to try it.
At first glance, I loved the deep coloring of the wine. We’ve tried some Pinot Noirs that look almost clear in comparison. *tsk, tsk*
Our next step was smelling the aroma. Not because we are trained in this, but because we see other people doing it…LOL. Bread & Butter, a wine sourced in Napa and Monterey in Northern California, smells divine. It has a sweet smell, but not overly sweet. And then you hit an earthier note. YUM.
The taste. Bread & Butter Pinot Noir did not disappoint. At first sip, you are hit with the sweetness. I’m not talking sugar sweet, but fruit sweet. Then, as the wine moves in your mouth, you taste the almost bitter taste. Not Sour Patch Kids bitter, but dark chocolate bitter.
The notes from the winery state that “Ripe cherries and dark chocolate dominate. There is raspberry, roasted nuts, orange liquor and a hint of chalk…actually, it’s more like crushed Pez candies (no, I’m not drunk).” I like all of those things…including the crushed Pez candies!
Now the “Alexis test.” (Yeah, I made that up.) It doesn’t hurt going down. You know exactly what I’m talking about.
I’m not a huge Merlot fan because it is so strong, it hurts my chest when I drink it. I actually get heartburn from it.
That’s why I like Pinot Noirs. They are softer in a sense. Although, sometimes they hurt too. Bread & Butter Pinot Noir did not hurt at all.
Now down to the nitty-gritty: the price tag.
Bread & Butter Pinot Noir isn’t that expensive. It retails at $18 a bottle. Of course you have to keep in mind that stores will mark it up…I’ve seen it go for $21 in some. Again, not breaking the bank though.
When my husband and I aren’t searching for a new brand, we now have another go to Pinot Noir that we keep on hand at all times.
What’s your favorite wine?