Irony 2010 Pinot Noir, Monterey County
Medium-bodied wine with a definite sweet cherry aroma. It smells super fruity and tastes like fresh strawberries with hints of vanilla. Firm tannins and crisp acidity, well-balanced with a smooth finish. I have always been a fan of Pinot and this one is quite good.
I can’t recall how I stumbled upon this one, but for about $12, I will buy it again.
Vina Leyda Carmenere 2010
This Chilean wine from Rapel Valley came from our wine club. It’s an interesting selection. The black pepper on the nose is especially strong. The intense, jammy fruit flavors that take over are rich but quite smooth. The finish is savory and spicy with that hint of pepper again. There is a subtle oak taste as well. No need to decant this wine. It is meant to be consumed while young and the tannin level is naturally low.
Because the wine is pretty different from what I normally drink, I don’t know that I’d have this on hand to drink every day. But I would consider buying again for a special occasion.
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