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Friday, February 24, 2012
2008 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Aubaine Vineyard
Twist off and poured this tonight while waiting on some Chinese delivery for the first Friday of Lent. Something big, that could stand up to garlic sauce and other Asian delights was in order, and this seemed to fit the bill.
Nice dark purple color in the glass, with a nice nose of black fruits. The first thing however I noticed was the hint of tea on the nose. It came through plain as day, and this was the first thing that I noticed. There was also some blackberry and prune on the nose, with a hint of raisin. The nose was definitely not what I expected, but as this opened up, I got nice hints of raspberry, and strawberry, with some star anise, baking spices, and more black tea.
On the palate, this was a bit tart for the first 15 minutes, but as it opened up, it became a great wine. It seemed very tame and balanced compared to Loring's of the past, and that is neither a bad thing, or a good thing. All I can say is that I LOVE Brian's wines!
On the palate, some nice black cherry and strawberry dominate. The plum/raisin disappeared fast thankfully, and more lush raspberry came through. This didn't seem nearly as big or ripe as some of the other wines Brian produces, and just seemed to be in good balance.
While the finish was short, it was plenty pleasant, though not overly complex. Bottom line, for the price, this was yet another great wine from the Loring team, and worked perfectly with Chinese delivery tonight. Kudos to Brian! Cheers!
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Born in Illinois, I spent my younger years as a local Chicago Foodie checking out restaurants in the city, and working as a waiter at many of the finest restaurants in the suburbs of Chicago. Look for me visiting a restaurant near you, or at one of the many local wine offlines throughout New Jersey