Monday, November 4, 2013

Little Black Dress Pinot Noir, California, 2011

Notes from the distributor's website -

Region: California
Vineyards: California, USA.
Winemaking: The grapes are harvested throughout the month of September. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged in a combination of stainless steel and oak barrel (approximately 33%) for 6 months.
Tasting Notes: Bright, ruby-red in color with aromas of cherries, cloves and light floral notes. A delicate, light-bodied wine with a lingering finish of strawberry jam and pomegranate.
Food Pairing: Little Black Dress Pinot Noir is an ideal match for chicken, veal and lamb dishes, as well as roasted beef and pork.

Also noted is that these wines are "designed in a fruit-forward style with the female palate in mind."

Sadly, I know exactly what they mean. Most women like cheap, sweet, fruity stuff that they can sip with their girlfriends at the end of a long day. Most women buy wine based on a cutesy label, or an emotional reaction based on the wine-makers or the distributor's description. Are you "most women?" I don't consider myself "most women."

Little Black Dress doesn't disappoint with the price tag. I paid $8.96 for this bottle. But Pinot Noir is supposed to be delicate and flowery, with cherry & red berry fruit and some food friendly acidity. This has an almost acidic cherry harshness that grabs my entire tongue shortly after the first sip, and then doesn't let go. In fact, it tightens its grip all through the finish. There is a wee bit of spice to make it a bit more interesting, but not much.

I think I like my Pinot Noirs a bit better cared for, and aged a bit longer in oak. All in all, Serious Wining is not impressed. But hey - it's under $10 a bottle, so why not pick one up and see if you like it! After all, we all don't have the same palate. Just because I don't like it, doesn't mean 10 others might.

Serious Wining gives this 2 out of 5 stars. Sorry LBD. Love your label, not your wine.