We have had a very pleasant summer so far, not the usual blast furnace complete with humidity in triple digits. This means that we have been able to drink a lot more red wines and not just chilled whites or rosés. Don’t get me wrong, I love white wines and rosés, but steak goes much better with red wine and with the summer heat we grill out most every night. Besides I think Mitch would stage a mutiny if all I fixed all summer was chicken and pork chops.
To go with the steaks on the grill, I opened a bottle of Mark West Pinot Noir, 2012. Mark West is a California wine and can be found at http://www.markwestwines.com. This wine was a brownish red purple color in the glass and had a fruit forward smell and taste. It had a light spicy taste with a medium finish. It was a very nice very drinkable wine. This is one I will be buying a lot more of when I go for my regular wine re-stocking.
Another really good Pinot Noir is Roaring Meg, 2010, from Mt Difficulty Estate, in New Zealand. The web site is http://www.mtdifficulty.co.nz. This is a wine I had in Texas on vacation earlier this year. It was full of crisp flavors of peaches and pears with a hint of spiciness. When I stuffed my nose in the glass I could smell honey and fruit nectar. It was a wonderful glass of wine and one that I will buy if I can find it.