The Wine:
Parducci California Pinot Noir 2007

The Affair:
This has been a week of good eats in the Watson house.

Last night, Sheila created a Chicken Cacciatore that kicked ass on an otherwise mundane Monday. There was only one problem. When it comes to pasta pairings I get very nervous. Since the Watson palate usually gravitates towards full-bodied reds, Chianti and Pinot Noir tend to be four letter words in our house. Needless to say, I was a little apprehensive about how last night's $13 Pinot Noir from Parducci would pan out.

(drum roll please....)

... It was actually NOT BAD!

Let me explain what I mean by "not bad". Here's what I look for in a "good" Pinot Noir: lot's of nice fruit and cola, a "round" taste (if that makes any sense), and a nice smooth finish. Notice I didn't mention anything about the wine tasting tart, having little of no body, or leaving my mouth tasting like I licked a stamp.

When I opened this Pinot from Parducci, I was worried about what I would find. This wine didn't have tons of fruit and cola, wasn't overly round, and had a slight bite on the finish when the bottle was first opened.

Doesn't sound good, does it?

Well here's the thing, I actually enjoyed this bottle more than I thought I would. Would I have wanted more of the qualities that I look for in a Pinot Noir? Sure! But for a Pinot that costing between $10-$15, I think this bottle was worth the $$. Instead of pouring this Pinot down the drain, it was enjoyed until the last drop.

Would I get this bottle again?

Sure... If I was looking for something to enjoy with a light red pasta without breaking the bank, I would have no problem buying and drinking another bottle of this wine.

Will you like it? That's a tough question. Honestly, I think that a lot of people may not be head over heels for this wine. It's not going to be Wine Spectator's #1 wine either. Does that mean you aren't going to like it? That all depends on what you look for in a Pinot Noir. There's only one way to find out for sure!


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in vino veritas said...

You mentioned previously that you have not been much of an Italian wine drinker. Italian wines are some of the best, in our opinion. A great food wine. A chianti would have been fabulous with this meal. You can't go wrong with a chianti, barolo, brunello, amarone, and the list goes on. And they are even better when you are drinking them in Italy. Add Italian wines to your list of New Year's resolutions.

The Wine Whore said...

That's a great idea! I did try a bottle of Banfi Brunello last weekend and loved it!

That's what it is all about, trying different things and finding new loves!


Bill Eyer said...

Fun read, but hey I wanted to know how the pairing worked out and did this PN taste better with the food? Love that wine whore logo glass, nice touch!

Anonymous said...

I typically like to pair Italian wines with dishes from the same region. Pinot is a great choice as well.

Sunday night I had a wonderful pinot surprise. Back during the fall season I was on this pinot kick (don't know why), it's just what I was craving. So I went to Total Wine and asked Alan (one of the wine guys there whos palate I seem to agree with) to select a few lower priced pinot's so I could get my fix. I opened the last seletion sunday night after the cardiac Cardinals squeeked out a win (yes I'm from the Phoenix area). 2008 Muirwood Pinot Noir 16.99 at TW&M. Is it complex and thought provoking, NO. Is it absolutely delicious, HELL YES! My best buddy is not a wine person, he's well....a Bud Light guy. The second case of bud light having been depleted he asked to partake in the wine. Which he absolutely loved as well. Thought I would share, going to pick a case this weekend as this is a great everyday drinker. In fact, I may drink it every day.

The Wine Whore said...

Thanks Bill!

That's a great question... the pairing actually went really well. I think this may have even been one of those cases where the food actually even enhanced the wine. My wife used whole wheat pasta for this recipe which kinda added a different taste to the dish. I don't know if I would say the wine distracted me from the taste of the whole wheat pasta or just made it taste better, but in any case this was a nice way to end an otherwise long Monday!

I would have loved to pair an Italian wine with this dish, Anonymous but unfortunately I didn't have any good Italian wines handy last night. I need to go shopping or get more involved in whoring for some Italian wine distributors... know any? :)

That's a sign of a good "drinking wine"... if someone who normally doesn't drink it actually likes it, well then it can't be too bad! I totally agree, wine doesn't have to be complex and thought provoking to be good.. it just has to TASTE good! :)

Kate said...

Was this wine a sample or did you find it at your local store?
It sounds like it could be a good every day pinot.

The Wine Whore said...

This was a sample but I have also seen it at a few local shops too!

Lemme know if you find it near you! :)

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