Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Pirouette 2006

Variety: 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 15% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Syrah
Producer: Augstin Huneeus, Sr. & Philippe Melka
Specification: unfiltered and unfined red blend
Vintage: 2006
Region: Columbia Valley, Oregon
Alcohol: 14.5%
Price: $44.00

Appearance: Clear, deep dark red, young
Nose: Clean, complex, black cherry, cinnamon, licorice , earth, tree, rasin
Palate: Dry, layered, medium+ body, ripe fruit, tannin, bold, long finish.

How do you describe this wine? If Bordeaux married Chateaux du Pape and had a cute kid, it would be this wine. It is not as sickly sweet as Cheuteaux du Pape but are interesting than the ordinary Bordeaux. You can kind of taste a hint of French oak, but no too much. Personally, I would like to see wine like this sit in the barrel a little longer, but I understand the urgency for vineyards in Oregon to want to lock in profit early. It is very hard to have consistent climate in Oregon to produce good red wine, and this wine is unusually good for this regions.

This is probably as North as I would get to support big personality red wines. While $44 dollars are a little pricy, but I would buy this bottle if I see it again, because I want to support unique blends and styles.

Quality: Good. Need another few years of aging.

For food pairing, duck, mushroom, non-cream butter based French sauces, lamb, meat balls, Italian pizza with red meat toppings, Venison. Stay away from spicy food or seafood.

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