Mirassou Pinot Noir has been a long standing recommendation of mine, consistent in quality, fruitful without being fruity with some nice earth elements to balance the fruit it is an inoffensive Pinot that most everyone can find something to like about it without spending a lot of money. That makes it a great option for those planning a wedding reception or hosting a larger gathering over the holidays, Halloween is right around the corner, but please don't hand this out to the traveling circus on the streets, remember over 21 with a driver.
The 2011 vintage like the 2010 is lighter in body than some previous years, though since the Syrah as Pinot days a lot of value priced Pinot Noir have gotten less heavy in the mouth. Not to say this is a light and stylish wine, but it definitely isn’t a mushy mass of fruit like some budget Pinot Noir on the market. A dark garnet color in the glass with a full nose of red fruit that is almost aggressive in rising from the glass the nose leads into a smooth and easy to drink wine. Savor the sip and don’t gulp so you can enjoy the flavor of cherry with the tartness of pomegranate falling out of the initial mass of red fruit. Then take note of the back end, a little tar quality (takes me back to days of roofing) and some spiciness on the lips creates a really interesting flavor package. From start to finish this is a smooth even textured wine with a dominant mid palate and enough character to stand on its own merits or complement a meal.
The price of Mirassou Pinot Noir has come up the last few years, it used to go for under $7 everywhere around town, take not though the price can vary quite a bit from place to place and time of the year. I paid under $8 at Sam’s Club in Fort Myers, but it can be found in the $8 to $9 range in our local wine stores too. While it is easy to find in the area grocery aisles be aware the price is generally on the high side there. Is it a great wine, not really, there are flaws, but for people looking for a wine that is interesting to drink yet dependable and trustworthy when served to guests this is worth a try.