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!