It’s that time of year again – the leaves are turning vibrant orange, gold and red, there’s a chill in the air – it’s sweater weather and I am so excited. Sweater weather means it’s time for scarves and layers, and it also means it’s time for one of my favourite red wines, Pinot Noir (somebody cue the song from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt).
Pinot Noir is a notoriously fickle grape, which is why it is generally a more expensive red wine. Pinot Noir likes warm days and cool evenings (like me). It’s fragile and a little temperamental at times, but it is so worth it.
Not only is it going to be the Autumn of Pinot Noir (also the name of my new romance novel – kidding, or am I?), I’m extending it to the Winter of Pinot Noir as well. This wine is just too good not to drink until it’s springtime again. Actually, it also makes for a delectable summer red as well. Why all the fuss? Well, Pinot Noirs are light in body and generally in alcohol content too, but you don’t sacrifice any taste. In fact, these wines are rich and juicy – which brings me to this week’s selected wine: Mirassou Pinot Noir.
The Wine: Mirassou
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
It is an absolute steal at $13.95 and what better way to enjoy it then at a sleepover at your best friend’s house to test out her new sofa bed on one of the coldest days we have had so far this fall. I happily played guinea pig with Pinot Noir in hand.
Currants are the first thing I taste when sipping this wine….then there is no verb confusion.) As I said, Pinot Noirs are generally juicy wines, with notes of cherries and strawberries, and Miarrasou’s Pinot Noir does not disappoint. This wine is so rich, but light in body – there’s no heaviness here. It tastes like your grandmother made a fresh batch of strawberry jam, with strawberries picked fresh from the garden, with currants added for a little something extra. And then there are notes of cherries and hints of mocha. Mirassou has made a delightfully drinkable red, but it is still complex and layered.
Pinot Noir has elegance to it, and it is a grape variety I cannot wait to drink more of this fall, hopefully snuggled up on my best friend’s sofa bed with a comfort movie on in the background.
The final wine word: 4 out of 5