Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Not Really Wild About Wild Horse

The Big Dubya and I decided to try a bottle that was already on our wine rack -- Wild Horse Winery's 2005 Pinot Noir. I'm honestly not sure where this bottle came from -- it may have been a gift, I may have just picked it up based on it's pretty label (it's been known to happen) -- but, based on this site, it runs about $13.49.

The label describes it as follows:

Our 2005 Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit sourced from some of the most highly acclaimed vineyards in the Central Coast. Exceptional fruit, combined with traditional winemaking techniques helped to create this elegant wine, rich with varietal character. Aromas of black cherry, rosewater and cinnamon are followed by a silky, smooth mouthfeel. Enjoy with salmon, duck and mushroom risotto.

The website describes it as:

The name Wild Horse is nearly synonymous with incredible Pinot Noirs. Offering up vibrant aromas and flavors of cherry, pomegranate, cola, and Oriental spices, our Pinot Noirs are consistently praised for their complexity and good value. They are, without a doubt, the most food-friendly red wines we produce. Our flagship wine!

I did get the fruit flavors...... maybe the cinnamon and perhaps the Oriental spices... not really sure though. The flavor was kind of flat, shallow and a little bit bitter. We didn't pair it with anything -- just an after dinner glass, so maybe if paired with the right meal we would have enjoyed it more -- but I had half a glass and dumped the rest. The Big Dubya agreed that this wouldn't make our buy again list.

Bottom line -- it won't take Wild Horses to keep us away from this one.


Mrs. Chicky said...

I agree, I've never been a fan. My husband swears it just needs to breath a little before drinking but I think his taste buds aren't working properly.

Sue said...

I got a little nervous because we have a bottle of Pinot Noir in the wine rack with a horse label (nothing wrong with choosing wine based on the labels!) but it's not the Wild Horse.

Thanks for the heads up about this wine!