Wednesday, May 1, 2013

#WineWednesday: 2011 Colagrossi Duetto

As you may have seen on Twitter, each Wednesday is dubbed #WineWednesday and provides the opportunity to give mention to those that have something to do with wine. I am bringing that idea to WestToast and will be bringing you my thoughts on a recent bottle I drank on each #WineWednesday.

This week’s wine comes from Colagrossi Wines, located in Sebastopol, CA. However, because they are a small producer, roughly 600 cases a year, they pour out of the Inspiration Vineyards tasting room in Santa Rosa. Currently they produce some single variety wines like their Gli Amici Cabernet Sauvignon and the Duetto, a 100% Pinot Noir. They also make several blends like the Vino Bianco, a Viognier/Rousanne blend, and the L’inizio which is a white Rhone blend. This #WineWednesday I will be talking about the2011 Duetto.

On the nose were aromas of cranberry and cherry with a bit of licorice. The nose of the wine was quite inviting and taking the first sip I noticed some similar fruit flavors. A medium body coated my tongue and the tannins weren’t so intense that it dried out my mouth. I picked up on the cranberry from the nose with a few other hints of red fruit. On the finish the wine turned a bit savory and I noticed a bit of vanilla at the very end. The color was a medium deep red and definitely richer in color than many Pinots from the northwest.

Overall I really enjoyed the Duetto and found it to be a great food pairing wine but also easy to drink on its own, which is how I enjoyed it. Even in this 80-90 degree weather, when I would normally go for a Sauvignon Blanc or a nice Rose’, I gave this wine a chance. By putting it in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to cool it down a bit, the Duetto was just as refreshing as any white wine. 

Until next week...cheers!

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