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Escale Pinot Noir 2013

Recommendation: Not recommended.

Winery/Producer: Escale.

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir.

Geographic Region, Appellation: France.

Vintage: 2013

Price: $46.00

Purchased From: The Britannia Restaurant, on board the Queen Mary 2

Paired With: Fillet of beef wellington, pommes dauphine, asparagus and glazed vegetables with perigourdine sauce; and broiled lobster tail with sesame crusted umbo shrimp and parmesan tomato pilaf.

Tasting:

    He said: Slightly chilled before drinking. Clear, ruby red color. Light damp earth, fruit, tobacco and tar aromas. Dry, fruity and black olive taste and a medium length finish with lots of tar and soft delicious tannins. The cool temperature kept it tightly bound up, but it had a good slightly bitter flavor. Smooth, well balanced and one of those wines that just hit the spot. An OK Pinot Noir both with the beef and alone.

    She said: Faced with Rays beef Wellington and my lobster tail our sommelier chose a Pinot Noir with a twist, it was chilled! I am not a fan of Pinor Noir so I figured I had nothing to lose. First sniff revealed something but it was so faint and fleeting I could not identify it. The presence in the mouth was more interesting and pleasant. Although it failed to stimulate my taste buds it was dry, light bodied and had gentle tannins that lasted into the finish. As I ate my dinner I liked the wine more and the lobster less. I don’t think this was a function of the pairing but rather the overall cruise diet.

    Comments:

Alcohol: 13%

Bar code: 3 760028 330103

Imported by: NA