Friday, March 4, 2011

(PRACTICALLY FREE) *** $ L'Affiche Pinot Noir, 2007, France - Wine Review and Rating (BEST VALUE)

By way of background: L'Affiche Pinot Noir is a super-bargain-priced pinot noir from Vin de Pays de L'Herault in the south of France. It is finished at 12.5% alcohol, extremely low for a dry red wine these days. I continue to "take one for the team" by trying to find decent, modestly-priced pinot noirs... usually to my continuing disappointment. Let's see how we do this time.

Original Review, October, 2009:

In the glass: L'Affiche Pinot Noir is medium ruddy red throughout, husky-looking for a pinot noir.

On the nose: A kind of bold, candied strawberry essence pours from the glass, maybe even with a rhubarb note. Seems like it will be kind of sharp-elbowed.

On the palate: When you sip, you get a roundness and sharpness both at the same time. The roundness is a touch of ripe red currant fruit right smack in the mid-palate. The sharpness is a quick vegetable note - is that the rhubarb again? Acids do come in to drive the sip up deep into the sides of your cheeks.

And the finish: The finish is defined by the acids, but a touch of sugar remains. Not a profound finish, but it clears your palate and readies you for the next sip.

In summary: A very pleasant, bright-toned experience overall - not memorable or compelling enough to necessarily draw me back again; but leaves me with fond enough memories, even if they'll be short-lived. Two stars with a plus for those memories. Good - but not best - value.

Updated review, a year and a half later, March, 2011:  Color and aromas are consistent, still that candy purple sweetness on the nose.  On the palate, a light, round, smooth red currant experience. The acids have settled and any trace of vegetable or rhubarb is gone.  Not complex or long, just a full-fledged pleasant mid-red experience.  Just touches three stars now, and becomes a best value at this "practically free" price.

Following long decant, two days kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Cooked sweet nose. Palate holds its red sweetness but still tinged with overwhelming oxidation.  Don't risk decant.  Drink right from bottle.    

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