Morin Pere & Fils Pinot Noir 2012

Pays d’Oc

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Price: $15.99
Grapes: Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 11-14%

From the Bottle:  “Depuis 1822” (Since 1822).

A says:
Rating: *****
Color   Deep red
Smell   Cherries!
Taste   Wow.  Smooth. Bitter. Sweet. All somehow meshed into a perfect blend.  This is truly a delicious Pinot Noir.  I would absolutely buy and drink it again, and again.

D says: 
Rating: ****
Smell   Definitely cherries.
Taste   The best word I can think of is mellow.  There isn’t much of an alcohol taste here. Instead, it tastes of cherries and chocolate, and isn’t acidic.  Basically, it’s all of the best things in wine with none of the nasty.  It’s definitely a worthy wine, although the price tag is dragging me down a bit. For average folks, this can’t be an everyday thing.

Verdict:  We both agreed on the flavor – Morin Pere & Fils Pinot Noir is good stuff.  We disagreed, however, on the price.  A feels that the quality justifies the price, while D is typically put off by anything that costs more than $12 per bottle.  On taste alone, we agree this is a five star wine.  On taste and price, D’s frugality drags it down to a four and a half.

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Esporão Monte Velho 2011 **

Alentejano, Portugal

Monte Velho

Price: $9.99
Grapes: Trincadeira (40%), Aragonez (40%), Castelão (20%)
Alcohol: 14%

From the Bottle:  “The wine shows integrated spicy ripe fruit and oak characters, with a balanced and well rounded palate, good body and a soft tannic structure.”

A says:
Rating: **
Color   Purple with rosy edges
Smell   Musty cough drops
Taste   This wine is dry, with a bit of  butterscotch that really could be great. Unfortunately, it’s also sour to a degree that is downright unpleasant. I had a hard time finishing my glass.  Definitely two stars.

D says: 
Rating: **
Smell   Grape
Taste   It’s acidic.  The sour flavor overpowers anything else.  It’s drinkable, but not very good.  I also give it two stars.  I wouldn’t go for seconds.

Verdict:  The monotone black label reminds us of the monotone acid flavor.  Even with a $10 price tag, this wine still isn’t worth it.  It wasn’t so bad we couldn’t drink it, but it was bad enough that we weren’t really interested in finishing it.  In fact, there’s some still left in the bottle, and it’s probably going down the sink.  That said, it did contribute to an absolutely delicious shepherd’s pie recipe – so it gets high marks for cooking.

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