Coturri Pinot Noir – Wine Virgin Review

The final wine of the blind Pinot Noir tasting was Coturri Pinot Noir from California. This wine was a little similar to the Spruce Goose in that it had an earthy and exotic smell. It had a specific smell similar to a fig, and was a tad browner in color – again, a similarity to the Spruce Goose wine.

I really liked the interesting smell of this wine; however, the taste was not as enjoyable. I felt like the taste was a little too extreme. In most red wines I have noticed that the smell and taste sometimes compliment each other. For instance, a sour smell will be met with a little sweet taste. This was not the case. The sour, earthy smell was met with a dry taste and sour aftertaste.

I had a discussion about balance. Balanced wines roll down your tongue without having separate or too distinct flavors, while non-balanced wines have a different taste at different parts of the tongue. In my opinion, non-balanced wines can be interesting and fun because of the complexity of flavors. However, this wine was way too aggressive in its tastes. The reason for this extremity was because it was missing a middle section. It was a little sweet at first, then skipped a taste and became way too sour and dry. On the other hand, when trying this wine with chocolate, the abruptness of flavor seemed to disappear. This made perfect sense because of the sweet and sour aspect.


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