La Brisa Pinot Noir 2016
Sonoma County, United States
Notes: Intense flavors of crushed raspberry, cola, and tobacco
Best Pairings: Beef, Veal, Game (deer, venison), Poultry.
While some may think observing wine is pretentious, the real function is to identify flaws. This skill certainly becomes useful if you’re serving wine at a private event, or hosting clients at a business dinner.
Appearance: Wine is noticeably young with single color clarity, expressing vibrant hues of garnet. (Note: unless a wine is “unfined” you really want to make sure a wine has some clarity. You don’t want it to be murky, foggy, muddy, etc.)
Aroma: This wine opens with hints of earth, crushed violet, cloves, and some red and black fruits.
(Note: There are flaws to look out for. They are hard to pick out at first, but once you’ve identified these flaws, you will NEVER forget it. A corked wine is a big one for me. There is a very notable smell, and I liken it to cardboard that has been left out in the rain, then stored in a basement for over a month. To learn more about corked wine, check out this YouTube video)
Average cost per bottle is $40 according to Vivino.
This wine was purchased at Vino Venue. Be sure to check them out if you’re local to Atlanta!”
-Shane A. Swor