Tonight, I’m polishing off a Sutter Home… er, I mean a 2002 Trinchero Family Selection Napa Valley Pinot Noir.
How’s it look?
Darker and clearer than any Burgundy on the market.
How’s it smell?
I smell leather and lots of blueberry.
How’s it taste?
Wonderful! I taste leather, dark cherries, something else that I can’t quite place, but it is pleasant.
How’s its finish?
Lots of blueberry on the finish. Never in my wildest dreams of ten years ago would have I said that a grape wine tasted like blueberries. And blueberries is not normally something I want in say a Red Zinfandel, but in this wine it really adds to the flavor and overall impression of the wine.
You should get some, even if you don’t normally buy Pinot Noir.
3 thoughts on “2002 Trinchero Family Selection Napa Valley Pinot Noir”
I can’t seem to taste blueberry in any wines I try even when i’m reading it right off the label. I’m still new to tasting so i’m trying to develop
a more educated pallette. I’ve resorted to simple writeups that are hopefully helpful. My latest finds would be the Blackstone Dolcetto North Coast and my
favorite the Mondavi Carneros Merlot.
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Here is a great experiment to try with several friends when you get together for a wine tasting. Set up an aroma table.
Take a bunch of small plastic cups and in each mix various aroma producing flavors with a neutral alcoholic beverage such as vodka.
Here is a list of ingredients to try:
Dark cherries, strawberry extract, banana extract, vanilla extract, almond extract, coffee grounds, cedar chips, anise extract, blueberries, grapefruit juice, orange extract, butterscotch ice cream topping, etc…
There are a bunch of others that you can come up with. Keep the number to twenty or so, so it doesn’t get out of hand. Have everyone go around the table one time before you do your wine tasting, and then once or twice during the tasting in order to recalibrate your senses.
It helps to do this once or twice a year. There were aromas that I could never pick up until after doing this. Blueberry was one of them.
OK… as to the tase you cannot place… pomegranate maybe? It’s something fruity yet with a slight tang, thus the pomegranate. In any event it is yummy! I’m not usually big on Pinots, but glad I got this one.