It’s no secret around these parts that I prefer heavy Cabernet, Zinfandel and Shiraz. But every now and then I like to switch things up with a Pinot Noir. Pinot was the very first wine varietal that I fell in love with when I was working at the wine bar. I like to refer to it as the gateway red wine. Once you love Pinot Noir, you can venture off to the different varietals easily. While I don’t gravitate towards them anymore, I’m hanging out with a new friend who loves Pinot Noir. This new friendship has encouraged me to branch out a little more and buy it more often. I’m so sad to say this, but I don’t think I’ve ever bought a Pinot Noir for less than $15 that I’ve loved, this Belle Ambiance Pinot Noir 2012 is no exception. I can’t say I’d buy it again.
Wine- Belle Ambiance Pinot Noir 2012
Store- Fresh Market
Tasting notes- The nose was forgettable with no specific notes popping out. The initial taste was nice and fruity with essence of elderberry and strawberry, the only drawback was that it tasted way too watered down. I would have liked the flavors to be bolder and jump out a little more. Then again, it could be because I prefer heavier wines. The finish was similar to the nose, smooth, but not memorable. I oftentimes refer to cheap wines as being overly alcoholic, however I found this one to be the opposite, as it was much too watered down.
Pairing ideas- This would pair well with a light chocolate dish or a fruity dessert.
Final verdict- One star for the smooth finish. Overall, this could have been worse. If I’m going to drink a cheap Pinot Noir, I’m going to buy it for under $5. The price point was too high for it to be this bad. I’m going to have to stick with Pinot Noir over $15 from now on.
Have you had this wine? If so, what did you think?