Things have been crazy over in our house. We had our cat die and one of our dogs had to have emergency spine surgery in the same weekend (incidents not related). Suffice to say, that after spending a ton of money on pets in one weekend, we have been trying to be even more frugal than usual. That is the exact reason why I chose the Frontera Pinot Noir to review today. Here is a sample conversation of what we are going through:
Me: I’m not sure that the menu plan for this week looks good. Can we tone back some of the exotic stuff?
Wife/Editor: Like what?
Me: Well, I think the kid’s food looks fine, but can we cut the meat. We can also cut the carbs, and the vegetables. The cleaning agents, toilet paper, and soap can probably wait a couple of months too.
Wife/Editor: So…we eat nothing?
Me: No. I just have been really craving Ice Soup lately. But don’t season it, we can’t afford to use the spice on something like food.
Name: La Frontera Pinot Noir
Producer: Concha y Toro
Price: $3.50 (No, I’m not missing a 1 in that number.)
(Price can vary on state, taxes, the store’s mark-up, and if your Easter brunch consist of sneaking chocolate from your kid’s baskets. In our house, I call this the “Easter Tax.”)
I opened the bottle in did a quick pour of the wine. As I calculated how much it cost me in electricity open my wine bottle, I took a moment to check out the color of the wine. I noticed that it was a nice garnet color with a slightly cloudy clarity…much like my financial future. The nose boasted ripe, red fruit (cherry and raspberry), with a slight hint of alcohol and a minor note of something sweet.
Knowing that I had to make this wine last as long as possible, I took a tiny sip from the glass and found that it had medium acid, was kind of tart upfront, and had major cherry flavors. I took more of a reasonable taste and also found that raspberry showed in the short, tart finish. Anything sweet that I had smelled earlier decided to not be part of my tasting experience.
Rating: Try again.
This is not a wine that I would recommend as a solo drinker. However, I think if you paired it with some food (like grilled Salmon and asparagus) then it could be better balanced on the pallate. I tried it with my Ice Soup, but it didn’t really do much with that.
Have you tried the La Frontera Pinot Noir? Have you had catastrophe strike and leave you drinking cheap wine too? Let me know if the comments below!