My wife and I were out and about, flitting from one Sunday chore to another. A lot of people find it tedious to spend a Sunday shopping - at the grocery. We manage to get endless enjoyment from the simple things we do. I got a great deal on a California Zinfandel in the wine department, and was sending out a message about it on Twitter (@randyfuller1, in case you're interested.) My wife found me and asked what I was doing. "Tweeting about this Ravenswood," I answered. She rolled her eyes and began searching for the perfect pineapple.
Later we drove to the Westside and stopped into a discount wine place that is actually located in a storage facility. Yeah, they've got a roll-up front door. They also have some great prices. And no, not everything my wife and I do has to do with wine. She bought plenty of non-wine things at Ralph's.
Anyway, by the sheer fluke of timing we ran into a couple we know. They were also wine shopping at this little place, and we enjoyed our brief visit at the checkout stand. Nicolas is very knowledgeable about wine, and we made dinner plans and talked about the purchases he was making. They left, and we went in, me asking my wife what she thought we should buy. "Get that French wine Nicolas was buying." To cut a long story off at the point probably just after you doze off, we did. To no one's surprise, it was a good choice.
The Bottle: A classic Burgundy bottle contains a Pinot Noir from the Vin de Pays des Côteaux de Verdun appellation. After tasting it, I feel this is under billed as a "red table wine." 13.5% abv. I purchased this at a Los Angeles discount shop for the pittance of $10. A steal.
The Nose: There's a lovely purple color with a red tint at the edges. A sniff of the glass reveals a dark and earthy nose. Quite a wonderful cherry fragrance. My wife and I collaborated on the nose and decided it was cherries and blackberries on the forest floor, trod upon, with some wet stones thrown in for substance.
The Taste: Soft tannins and a very well-rounded feel in the mouth make this wine feel right at home on the palate. The fruit is right up front and loaded with ripe flavors of cherry and berries. It's a very smooth wine.