Pinot Noir, again….

Here I am again, sitting in my chair trying yet another Pinot Noir.

I know this one is good. Really good. But I just can’t wrap my head around it.

The smell is amazing. It’s full of cooking spices, warmed cherries (like in a pie) with hints of smoke and dirt. Sounds great, right? Okay, to some of you dirt may not be an amazing smell, but I love it in a wine. It always makes me wonder if the dirt aromas in the glass are identical to the ones in the vineyard where the grapes were grown.

But then, the wine hits my tongue and I swish it around in my mouth and that’s where it all falls apart. I know Pinot is light. I know it’s delicate. I know it’s supposed to have a silky texture. But there’s just not enough structure for me. It doesn’t have enough weight. In almost every case it’s just too light.

Maybe it’s because the first wines I enjoyed were Merlot and Cabernet and my palate was trained to enjoy medium to full-bodied wines. Pinot Noir didn’t come until much later in the party. Maybe it’s a wine that just doesn’t agree with me. I’m sure you all have a wine like that. Something you keep going back to again and again and still don’t like it. Or maybe I’m all alone just beating my head against a wall trying to make something work when I should just give up.

But my work and my passion is wine. I like to keep an open mind and try new things. You should do the same too. When I go wine tasting, I always ask what the winery is known for and try that wine. You never know what you’re going to find. But I’ve been doing this for four years, when do I give up? When do I say, “I’ll just skip the Pinot, thanks”.

Sure, I’ve found a few gems. A couple of wines that I will pull out when Pinot lovers come over for dinner. But I’ve never been excited about a Pinot Noir. I’ve never brought one to someone’s house and told them that this wine is “Amazing”, we have to try it….tonight!

I haven’t tried all the Pinot Noir’s out there. That’s for sure. And I probably never will. But at some point I need to stop looking. I think I’ll give it another year. By April 1st 2012, if I haven’t found a Pinot I’m enamored with I think I’ll just give up. Five years is long enough, right? I have such an open mind about wine, I even had hard time writing that last sentence.

So, here’s the deal. If you know of an amazing Pinot, let me know and I’ll look into it. I don’t want to give up on this grape. I don’t want to give up on any grape. Please help!

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