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Luc Pirlet Reserve Pinot Noir 2012

After spending the afternoon shopping for new goalie equipment with my husband, we found ourselves at The Garden at the Cellar [A gastropub focusing on seasonal New England cuisine] in Cambridge MA for dinner. I enthusiastically ordered the street corn with heavenly chipotle aioli and cortija cheese along with the truffled mushroom flatbread. I selected Luc Pirlet Reserve Pinot Noir 2012 to accompany my street corn, and then fancied it so much that I continued on with it throughout the evening. Located between the villages of Carcassonne and Limoux not far from the Spanish border, the Luc Pirlet vineyards are divided between the hills and flat land near the Mediterranean coast. The different terrior and microclimates of the lands are utilized to produce two different types of grapes; the grapes sourced from the mountains are more delicate in flavour, whilst those from the flatlands are powerful and hefty. Originally a negociant, owner and winemaker Luc Pirlet’s philosophy is “to produce wines to remember and enjoy everyday”.

Bright dark ruby in colour with aromas of cherry, raspberry and just the slightest hint of licorice. Cherry and raspberry jam flavours were underscored by traces of rich chocolate in the light to medium body. Earthy toasted oak and subtle vanilla notes lingered in the moderate finish. Silky smooth, easy drinking and quite versatile, this is a fantastic example of Pinot Noir, and a wonderful value.

100% Pinot Noir
Pays D’oc IGP
Bottled by Luc Pirlet
13% Alcohol
$13 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2017

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