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Tasting Erath “Prince Hill 115” Pinot Noir 2012


Sometimes you just have to open up a really nice bottle of red wine to go with your Friday night leftovers. 🙂 Half (or more) of my professional community is living it up in Vienna this weekend, but I’ve had a week of conferencing myself, and had a great round of idea-spinning today at work. Anyhow, between Brexit and various other hullaballoos, it’s been a heck of a week. 

Enter this well-heeled swashbuckler of a Pinot Noir! Bright and deep: bright red plum and cherry aromas, underpinned by really whiffy mushroom. On the palate, some really spicy-zingy stuff happens: cranberry, that plum again, then some slinky, tiger-tiger-burning-bright, smoky oolong action lingers on and on. Like, a lot. For a long, long time. You can’t really call it a “finish” — more like the slowest of slow fades. These flavors stick around longer than an unloved in-law. 

This magnificent malingerer isn’t cheap — probably about $40-50 — but if you like big Pinots that go for days, you might want to check it out! 

Tasting Erath “Dion” Pinot Gris 2013


Well, this was a pleasant surprise! I thought this was just a simple Oregon Pinot Gris that I had chilled down and forgotten about, but I pulled it out of the fridge and lo! Unexpectedly fancy wine!

The nose has a great combo of tangerine and peach, served up on a steele-rimmed plate of sassy mineral undertones. (Amelia says it smells like beer.) The texture is rich (which means it’s thick in your mouth, like whole milk ), and the mineral comes in strong on the palate, trailing some yellow raspberries behind it. The whole thing slowly lingers into a gentle but enthusiastic tangerine flavor. Really excellent!

Quick, go check the back of your fridge for some inexpertly great wine. Can’t hurt to try!