Produced/bottled by: Lujan de Cuyo for Lafonte SRL
Purchased: 1-26-2015 Albany OR GO
I opened this wine to see if it needed a decant before dinner. We’re having smoked duck breast and the person at the charcuterie recommended a full-bodied, robust red without much oak presence (or a light to medium red with an earthy presence). Because most of my big reds show at least a moderate amount of oak…I decided to open this.
To be concise, thumbs down, across the board. There’s something wrong with my bottle, or rather many things.
The cork was a “cork-burger” (as I’ve heard it termed around here…very difficult to get out and what did come out, came in pieces).
Nose: Lets just say that this wine showed everything I hate…rhubarb, stewed fruit, bell pepper.
Color: Cloudy, brick-red.
Taste: Given the nose, the taste was better than I expected but still off. Sour cherry predominantly. But I could actually taste that there was potential in this wine.
I wonder if it was one of the casualties from the western coast ports, long shore-man strike that I keep reading about. It tastes like it sat in a hot car or container for too long.
In any case, my bottle is not drinkable. Hopefully JWC will find his bottle to be un-flawed and be able to deliver a better overall picture of the wine.
And sadly, I am on hiatus until the cellar gets manageable, so this is it for me, at least for a while. Too bad I don’t have any more of that Mayerdale Pinot Noir in the house. It would have been perfect for dinner!