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Pinot Evil Pinot Noir, NV, France - Wine Discussion

About Pinot Evil Pinot Noir, NV, France

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I'm going to do another round of "Supernatual Wine" tastings where I pair a wine with a supernatural name with an episode of the TV series Supernatural.

For the first wine I've got Pinot Evil Pinot Noir, a French Vin de Pays de L'Ile de Beaute wine. (A "country" wine from Corsica.)

Color: A light red. This wine is almost Lambrusco colored, and you can tell it's thin as it pours.

Nose: Initially kind of closed, cherries and earth, astringent. Once opened, tart cherries.

First Impression: It's got a very silky mouthfeel, but it's sour and astringent straight out of the bottle. The predominant flavor note is cherries. The finish is very short.

Breathing Room: Not much changes. It becomes even more silky and astringency is gone, but it's got one flavor note: sour cherry and the finish is still really short.

Verdict: I ate this with a garlicy steak, potatoes, tomatoes, and roasted asparagus (aka "Flatiron steak from Sammy's Woodfired") and it went pretty well. It's so cherry tasting, that it would go well with some kinds of game such as duck, or with things like lemon-rosemary chicken and roast pork.

But, I paid $6.50 for a bottle at my local Fresh and Easy, so don't expect anything from this wine. It doesn't get anything wrong but neither does it get anything especially right.

Episode: 6x15 "The French Mistake" -- okay I had to go with the title here. The French Mistake is one of the funniest hours of TV it's ever been my privilege to watch. (Clip is under 5 mins.) Sam and Dean stumble onto the set of a TV series called Supernatural and all hell breaks loose. It's fun like the wine is fun, but as a meta episode, it's got more layers.
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Date:January 7th, 2013 03:52 am (UTC)
I'd think a wine tasting of cherries would be suited for lamb or pork (as you mentioned), rather than beef... but that's one of the pleasures of wine, trying out new combinations.
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Date:January 7th, 2013 03:08 pm (UTC)
Heh. As my husband can tell you, it really doesn't go with (vegan) split pea soup.
Date:January 7th, 2013 05:52 am (UTC)
Five bucks says if I try to find that wine in a store here in France, it would cost about 2 euros.

There's a ton of cheap cheap wine in France. Fortunately, most is fairly good - better than two buck chuck. The rest? Gets exported.
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Date:January 7th, 2013 03:11 pm (UTC)
This was about as good as a 2 Buck Chuck. :/ I actually like cheap Merlot as my go-to casual table wine.
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