Well, we are past Thanksgiving and moving closer to Christmas. This fall, I got a really awesome Bavarian hat from Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg. I also got a bottle of this Castle Rock Pinot Noir. If you grab those two items and throw in a pumpkin, then you have a really good photo for a wine blog.
Winery: Castle Rock Winery
Alcohol by Vol.: 13.5%
(Price can vary on state, taxes, the store’s mark-up, and whether or not you like my awesome hat.)This wine had a great purple color to it. The clarity was also very good. I wish that I had taken a picture of the wine in the glass because it would have really brought out the blue in my awesome Bavarian hat. Smelling the wine revealed some cherry, spice, plum, and spice. Yes, you read spice twice. It was really that spicy.
I took a sip of the wine and it was, by far, the spiciest Pinot Noir that I have tried. The plum, spice, and black cherry all played very well together. The tannins were mild which was nice since the wine had a medium body and a medium, oaky finish. If the tannins were heavier, then it would have been very unbalanced…unlike a certain awesome Bavarian hat.
I would really, really like to have this wine with Indian food. I think a spicy chicken dish would be very good with wine. Another alternative would be pizza with some Italian sausage. Just make sure that you don’t have a lot of grease on the pizza if you go that route. You would even look cool drinking this wine if you wore my awesome Bavarian hat!
Rating: Enjoy Again
This was a very good Pinot Noir and I highly recommend that you go strap on your shoes, grab your coat, put on your finest awesome Bavarian hat, and go to the store to grab a bottle for yourself.