Even More Bears

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the winery.

Even though I wasn’t making food that went very well with this wine, I was really in the mood for a Pinot. So I plucked the 2009 Sean Minot 4 Bears Carneros Pinot Noir from the basement. It clocked in at 14.5% alcohol by volume, had a real cork closure, and retails for about $13.

Four takeaways from this wine:

1.) It’s a $13 CA Pinot. And in this case, that’s a good thing.

2.) The wine had an awesome nose with many of the herbs I grow in my garden standing out.

3.) We drank this with BBQ pork ribs. The BBQ sauce overpowered the wine a bit. I suggest something with a little less heft to match with this.

4.) Our neighbors really liked this bottle at the neighborhood cookout.

On the nose I got chocolate, spice, red raspberry, red cherry, oak, vanilla, cream, toast, mint, and basil. The palate was a little complex than the nose. I found black cherry, black plum, and some spice.  While the fruit was mostly juicy, I got a bitter note mid palate.