Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Damiani Pinot Noir 2006


A few weeks ago, I reviewed a Fingerlakes red table wine from Damiani Wine Cellars of Hector, NY. I was totally surprised that I found a NY red I really enjoyed. And it was a no-brainer that when I found a Pinot Noir from Damiani that I quickly brought one home and just as quick uncorked it. I mentioned in that other review that I am now a believer that New York can produce some outstanding reds. The 2006 Damiani Pinot Noir as solidified that belief. I also think I learned something about tasting wines and to not be too quick to judge. Here's what I mean by that.
After uncorking the Pinot, I was a bit puzzled by the color, not so much the color but the very watery appearance. The wine appeared more like Vitamin Water or a diluted cranberry juice. I first sensed a bit of disappointment simply because I have never seen a Pinot this color. I like my La Crema or Bethel Heights Pinot which are much deeper and began to think back to the wines that had turned me away from New York reds. This was definitely not one of them.
The aroma was smokey, not intense with maybe a bit of plum. A bit acidic on the palate, very light and a short finish. I left the bottle uncorked while the wife and I went shopping. About three hours later I poured another glass and took a sniff. The plum and a bit of cherry where now more evident. The wine was much softer and well balanced. As I worked on my blogs, I finished the bottle. This is an excellent wine to just sit back, relax and sip.
I enjoyed this wine as much as I did the Vino Rosso. Better yet, it was under $10.
Although I do mostly white wine in the summer (some reds), this will definitely be on my list for the cool evenings on the patio or when friends come over to just chill out. Just got to remember to uncork a couple of hours in advance.

Take it from a novice: Great Buy!

6 comments:

box offices said...

i like wine
but in my country wine its very expensive

The Wine Whore said...

Great review! I like Pinot Noirs but I am always careful because it seems like there are just so many out there that are not really my style. This one sounds pretty good and for $10 I'd be crazy not to give it a try.

Cheers!

Shelly said...

I'm amazed at how the flavors change after a wine breathes. I also still prefer my reds at room temperature instead of the suggested 55. When slightly chilled I think they lose some of the flavors as well. This Pinot sounds good, I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

The Wino said...

Pinot is my red of choice in the summer, I will have to see if I can find it in Arizona.

Jim Bulmer said...

I went to a wine tasting the other week and the majority of wines were Pinot Noir.
First time I've been able to drink many at the same time and compare them, since then it's become my varietal of choice.
Will look out for this one,
although the selection in Japan tends to be a bit limited unfortunately (and inevitably more expensive than in America)

joeshico said...

Sorry 'box offices' and 'Jim' and anyone outside of New York. Damiani is a small winery (still growing) and their wines will be difficult to find outside the fingerlakes region.
'Shelly', there is another blog (can't remember name) that reviews wines over a two day period. This is something I am going to seriously look at. I have had many wines that vastly improved after one or two days.
Pinots are not really my style either, 'Randy' but, once in a while one comes along that is just right for the moment, so I just keep on trying.
Good choice for summer red 'wino'
I also like Beaujolais (a bit chilled) on warm evenings.