Cuvinte despre vinuri incercate, degustari si evenimente, calatorii si retete
It has passed almost a week since my encounter with a fascinating lineup of Pinot Noir wines, around 13 or 14 of them (I’m already forgetting things, since I was too
lazy busy to take hand notes). I’ve been really busy in the past week, covering other wines and events, and doing some honest work, and in the weekend I simply stayed away from the computer.
So there it is, I give you the grand tasting of Edoardo Miroglio‘s Pinot Noir experience -a complete immersion in the many faces and personalities of this posh grape: a sparkling rose, a still rose, a blanc de noir, and two ranges of red Pinot Noir, going neck-to-neck from 2004 until 2010.This extravaganza was facilitated by Vinibuoni, and the location was Ginger Restaurant, home of oversized and underpriced steaks, as well as a fabulous collection of Cognacs, Armanacs and whiskeys (which I took advantage of).
Let me state for the record, that I am impressed by such dedication and effort focused on one of the most notoriously …inconsistent
grapes, to say the least. It really takes some persistence and long-term planning to keep trying and investing in this grape, not mentioning also true passion and a bit of cojones. Yes, seeing so many wines lined up from a relatively new producer, reminds me that the main ingredients in succesful winemaking are: passion first, then guts and persistence. Only then comes the terroir, the vines, the winemaker and so on.
The main revelation from this tasting was a sparkling Pinot Noir Rose, perfectly balanced, with a fine stream of bubbles, intense nose and a lively taste, yet a bit old-fashioned. It reminds me of a hot summer afternoon tasting of sparkling wines. Following this high-style opening, we went through a still rose and a blanc de noir, interesting but not impressive.
After a short break, the main body of the tasting was focused on the two ranges of red dry Pinot Noir -the EM line (with four wines) and the Reserva line (with three wines). I have noticed from both ranges the 2007 vintage, which seems to get closest to my ideal of balance, fruitiness and understated complexity. Unfortunately, I can’t provide detailed tasting notes on each of them due to the above-mentioned reason, so I hope that the pictures you can see below, as well as the gallery on my Facebook page will be descriptive enough.