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LEYDA CLASSIC Pinot Noir 2011, Leyda Valley, Chile, $13.99

IMG_1569Leyda I’m begging darlin please. Leyda, darlin won’t you ease my worried mi-EYYY-nd.

You know the song. First it was that sick dual guitar shred-up by Eric Clapton and Duane Allman. Then Clapton acousticized it in the early 90’s as a different but equally as sweet take. Same songs. Two versions. Kind of like this bottle.

THE FACTS: There are essentially three types of flavor profiles you can get from wine.

Primary: Flavors that come from the grape. Think fresh fruit descriptors like cherries, lemons, blackberries, etc.

Secondary: Flavors that come from fermentation or the barrel the wine was aged in. Think vanilla, cinnamon, butter, bread.

Tertiary: Flavors that come from wine being aged in the bottle. Think leather, dried fruit, tobacco.

As cheap wine drinkers, we pretty much get to only taste the “primary” or “secondary” flavors. Cheap wine is made to be drank asap and we subsequently scoop it off the shelves at a low price relatively soon after they’re made. We didn’t pay for it to be old nor do we expect to sit around, thumb in ass, waiting for it to “mature.” Its good now, so lets party.

BUT, there are exceptions. Take this bottle. This is Pinot Noir made from Pinot Noir grapes picked in 2011. It was aged in stainless steel and oak for under a year, released and meant to be drank for its high acid, fresh, bright red-fruit, “primary” flavors. But then passes five years, what a surprise (RIP Bowie). Its a different wine. For a wine that was meant to be drunk early and fresh, it gets old and tastes mighty different.

THE LOWDOWN: Which is why this bottle is a whole other animal. This wine smells like a rich old person. Hell it probably smells like Eric Clapton. Or Eric Clapton’s study with a 32,000 dollar brand new leather chair it. Old, smokey, leathery and tobacco-y. You can pick up hints of cherry, but its dried up cherry. The palate is equally as awesome. Soft dried up red fruit (the high acids have mellowed down) and tannin that is smooth and velvety (as opposed to a young and tannic red wine – harsh and sticky). This is the closest thing you can get to good, aging Burgundy without paying the ridiculous price.

THE SCORECARD: (out of ten)

Color : Red, with a little brown.

Smell :

  • Intensity : 9.5
  • Smells like : Dried cherry, leather, cigar ash

Taste :

  • Sweetness : Dry
  • Acidity : 6.5
  • Tannin : 8
  • Alcohol : 14.0%
  • Body : Medium
  • Finish : 7.0
  • Taste intensity: 9
  • Tastes like : Grandpa smoking a stogie in a leather chair
  • Good with : Duck, cigars, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs

SCORE: 9.80





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My name is Rick. Some of my friends call me Milk. I'm an average dude who knows some things, not all, about wine. Every other night I'm gonna put down one bottle of wine, $15 or less, and tell you if I think its awesome or not and why. Hopefully it'll help guide you through the infinite assemblage of wine at your local wine store. Cheap wine is good, damn good. Trust me.