Call it a slight Pinot Noir obsession…that’s fair. This striking bottle caught my eye on a chilly afternoon last week when all I’ve been thinking about is BRING SPRING ALREADY! I know I don’t have much to complain about living in NW Florida, but I’m ready for some beachy weather. A reason behind the palm trees. So this bottle which features such a sunny sun on its label came home with me. And I was delighted.
Must. Have. Wine. Mommy-Approved Score: 4 STARS
Price: $8 – $12
Where I found it: Publix
Reviews from wine experts:
Review from Sourmashed.com: The Mirassou Pinot Noir is a surprisingly pleasant bottle of wine available for under $10 at you local neighborhood Walmart as well as many other supermarkets, corner stores, and most everywhere wine is sold… It did not necessarily have what I expected of a traditional Pinot Noir, but what it had was a light, dry cherry flavor with a little sweetness and a nice finish.
Review from BevMo!: Great price for a very drinkable Pinot. Great with burgers and also chicken. A little light for steak… Good table wine.
Review from Examiner.com: Mirassou has a strong pomegranate and cherry flavor with vanilla. The wines are bottled near Modesto. The Mirassou family has been making wine in California for over 150 years, so they have large land holdings and extensive expertise.
Serve Pinot Noir in a large glass. This is because pinot wines are very aromatic. They have such a complex nose that it needs a large glass to release all the scents. Pour a very small amount in the bottom of the glass, then swirl to release all the aromas. Take a deep whiff before swallowing to enjoy all the many flavors of this delicious wine.
From the Mirassou website:
About the Wine:
Fruit forward and approachable in style, our 2010 Mirassou Pinot Noir has flavors of cherry, strawberry and red currant, which are supported by light vanilla and oak notes. This wine is well balanced with a round, full mouthfeel.
The Pinot Noir grapes for this wine were carefully selected from several of California’s most renowned regions, including Monterey County and Sonoma County. The 2010 growing season brought several challenges to these regions; a wet spring delayed bud break, and a late summer heat wave stressed the vines. But, the warmer temperatures helped the grapes to reach maturity and develop rich flavor characteristics. Although yields were lower than normal, the resulting grapes displayed remarkable quality.
Food and Wine Pairings
Chicken in Tomato and Olive Braise Chicken in Tomato & Olive Braise
Crostini with Figs Spread and Bubbled Brie Crostini with Fig Spread and Bubbled Brie
Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding
To protect their natural fruit flavors, the Pinot Noir grapes were harvested in the cool of the evening and early morning hours. The grapes were destemmed and cold soaked for 24 hours prior to a five-day fermentation in upright, rotary fermenters at a maximum temperature of 85˚F.