The time has come for another Twelve Dollar Bottle!
This month, Price and I did a tasting, just the two of us! 🙂 It was really fun– I highly recommend doing this with your spouse for a little something different on a random weeknight!
We both went through a serious Pinot Noir phase a couple of years ago (which started because it was only one point on Weight Watchers, back when that was a thing, when all other reds were two (?) and then we just really started liking it!) I’m currently on a pretty good Malbec kick, while Price is really into Cab, BUT this bottle might have gotten us back on the Pinot train. It was wonderful, especially since it was so affordable! See why we liked it so much… 🙂
Here we go!
Laurel: This wine is Cono Sur. A Chilean Pinot Noir from the year 0’16…
Price: 0’16? Wonder if any of your readers are familiar with Dr. Godwin…
L: Who knows. Maybe a few! So… Scott from Colony Wine Market says this wine is best with food. And that we should get notes of cherry, cola, and maybe a little tar from the soil that the grapes were grown in in Chile.
P: So that’s what you’re looking for? Tar flavors in your wine?
L: Well, uh…. I’m sure it’ll be delightful!
L: It smells really good! It’s pretty light in color for a red. And it tastes bolder than it looks like it’d taste to me. I honestly expected it to be watery…
P: Yes. Sort of a dry aftertaste.
L: Yeah. It’s really making the cheese that I just ate kinda come to life.
P: I can see why he said to drink it with food. It’s not overly sweet. It’s very mild and doesn’t have a lot of bite.
L: Scott also mentioned that we would pick up on some Asian spices, and I can kinda get some… Well, I did just eat some spicy cheese, but I feel like this wine and that cheese are mingling well together on my tastebuds.
P: It really hits the back of the tongue hard.
L: Yeah! Like you really feel it right before it goes down your throat.
P: Yep. The tip of the tongue and the sides are kind of like… Almost dulled by it, but then it hits hard on the back of the tongue, to me.
L: I can get on board with that. Although I start feeling it on the sides before I feel it on the back. But I agree, like on the very tip of the tongue, it’s not super overbearing. Scott was pretty excited about this particular Twelve Dollar Bottle. He said for the value, it’s a really really good quality.
P: Oh yeah, it’s a great wine. Would be great with pretty much any food… Would be a great cigar wine, I think… Or it would be good to just sit and chill with!
L: I can definitely see what he was talking about with the spices. I’m eating popcorn now and am still getting some of that spice.
P: I’m gonna try it with some cheese.
L: It is particularly good with cheese, I think! I like this wine a LOT. It’s a more vibrant Pinot Noir than some other less expensive Pinot Noirs in my opinion. It tastes rich.
P: I agree… I honestly wouldn’t guess this was a Pinot Noir if I hadn’t seen how light it is. It tastes more full-bodied to me.
L: I agree with you, sir!
P: I really like that it is not overbearing or sweet.
L: Ok so the Donahoos give this bottle a huge thumbs up! Let’s get this again sometime, ok?!
// and, scene //
I hope you can tell that we really liked this bottle! Honestly, this might be one of my favorite Twelve Dollar Bottles ever… It was seriously such a great wine! The fact that it is super affordable makes it even better. This wine is for sure going to stay in our regular rotation from this point forward. 🙂
To get a bottle for yourself, head on over to Colony Wine Market at Colony Crossing in Madison! They have the friendliest staff and I always learn something new every time I go in there. They just know so much cool stuff about wine and spirits!
Ok thank y’all SO much for stopping by today! I hope you have a fantastic rest of your week (and if you enjoyed this post, be sure to catch the last Twelve Dollar Bottle here!) XO!
Supported by Colony Wine Market. All opinions are my own, as always!