The last pinot noir wasn’t particularly successful. Non-descript, questionably sourced, with so little of pinot noir’s elegance or lusciousness. Can Chamarré’s French pinot noir be the first First Pour Wine recommended Pinot Noir?
Sight: Slightly orange edge, body is more brick red. Starting to show it’s 4 years.
Smell: Vanilla, strawberries, chalk, and limestone get together with cherry in the background. A pleasant bouquet.
Sip: Mildly non-descript red fruit at the start, gives way and crescendo’s into a chorus of strawberries and cherries. Hints of vanilla come in and out, and the mouth feel is heavier than expected. [A.B.V. 12%]
Savor: Tannin’s stay light, and a moderate amount of fresh from the field-raspberry flavor comes through.
Overall, this Chamarré is miles ahead of the 47 lb Rooster from the 3rd episode. For the price, it’s dependable, and will certainly please as a wine for salmon or trout , but it’s not a standout. Definitely pick this wine up if you’re new to Pinot, and used to slightly heavier reds, but don’t expect fireworks.