I'll be honest: I'm always very skeptical of "cheap" Pinot Noirs. Why? Because Pinot Noir is a very tough grape to grow and its flavors are very nuanced; therefore, I feel like the higher price you usually see for quality Pinot Noirs is justifiable. So, when I see a Pinot for under $10, I have low expectations. I definitely judge a book by its cover. But, I saw that this one was on Total Wine's list, and they're usually on point. For $10, it was definitely worth a try!
- Producer: Ropiteau Freres
- Region: France
- Vintage: 2016
- Variety: Pinot Noir
- Where I purchased: Total Wine
- Price: $9.95
As soon as I poured it out, I thought, "Man, this going to be light." It was a pale ruby color*... think a transparent purple-red. There wasn't much on the nose, but then again, I wasn't using a varietal specific glass. I had this on Halloween and had to get in my last use of my jack-o-lantern wine glasses! Sometimes festivity should outweigh practical. Anyway, the wine was straight tart cherry. It was more mouth drying than I expected since I find Pinot Noirs to be more acidic than tannic, but I kept getting that mouth drying sensation. Unfortunately, my expectations were accurate. The wine was one-note, thin, and just not very fun to drink. Did it taste BAD? No, definitely not bad. I just wanted more complexity and earthiness to go with our mushroom wild rice soup (YUM!), but perhaps that's too much to expect from a wine under $10.
*If you've ever wondered where I get my color descriptions from, I reference the always awesome Wine Folly and their wine color chart. You can find it here!