Despite what it sometimes may look like here, I actually do buy a lot of wine. In the last year or so I haven’t been drinking as much of my own wine given the number of samples that show up at my door. However, rest assured that the Wannabe Wino Cellar is growing at an alarmingly fast rate…we just brought home 6 cases and 4 Magnums from our recent Sonoma/Napa trip tipping the basement to the over 700 bottles point! Now, the thing with samples is that the most frequent varieties that appear are Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. I don’t know about any of you, but I like some variety in my wine drinking, which is when I turn to my collection. We pulled the 2006 Michel Schlumberger Le Fou Pinot Noir to enjoy with a roast chicken. It clocked in at 14.6% alcohol by volume, had a real cork closure, and retails for $36, though it arrived in a club shipment so it cost me $25 plus shipping.
On the nose I found mint, eucalyptus, funk, herbs, black cherries, spice, raspberries, and a little more barnyard-y funk. Love it. In the mouth I got black cherry, herbs, earth, spice, raspberry, and other black fruit. The structure and acidity of this wine impressed me and I thought that I wished I had another bottle or two to taste in a few years. My notes say this is a “refined” wine.