Swill or Swell: Episode 30
Cloudline Pinot Noir
Welcome to Swill or Swell, a weekly series where I taste grocery store wines and let you know if they’re worth the buck or just meant for the drain!
CAVEAT! As you read this, please keep in mind that wine is subjective! This means that everyone enjoys different things and something I like might not be something you like and vice versa. I’ll be as objective as I can with facts about the wine’s quality, but in the end if your opinion differs from mine...that’s perfectly fine! Wine is only worth drinking if YOU like drinking it
LET'S INTRODUCE THE WINE
Today I'll be tasting the 2019 Cloudline Pinot Noir. I purchased this from Kroger QFC for under $20. This wine comes from the Willamette Valley, which is the wine region that made me fall in love with wine. I'm hoping this will be a great budget option for those wanting to try this style!
CLOUDLINE PINOT NOIR FUN FACTS
Let's start by talking about the Pinot Noir grape:
Now let's talk about the region this wine comes from: Willamette Valley, Oregon:
WINE TASTING NOTE
Look: Pale to medium ruby red
Smell: Lots of red fruit: cherry, tart cranberry, fresh strawberry; a hint of something woodsy/earthy
Taste: Light to medium bodied, high acidity, low tannin, very smooth but perhaps a bit single noted.
Food Pairing - Try this with a Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon or Pasta with Marinara Sauce
Occasion - Perfect wine to share with friends when you're just hanging out and don't need anything special!
Rating - While not the most impressive Willamette Pinot I've tried, it's certainly a great wine for the price and a great intro wine for the region so it gets a swell.
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