I’ve been in the mood for pinot noir, but in Seoul, American pinots range in the 50 or 60 dollar range. Wine are a premium in Korea and American wines cost double, sometimes triple their stateside prices. Hopefully, the FTA will knock down the prices a bit. Today, I saw a Beringer Pinot Noir going for $45.00! I think Pinot Noirs have a luxurious reputation among Korean wine drinkers, so they pay a premium for it.
Today, I’m going to taste a Bourgogne since it’s the same grape.
This is an Antonin Rodet, 2005 Bourgogne from the Bourgogne region. I bought it at the Shinsege department store at the Express Bus Terminal for about W30,000
Just as I poured, it I could get a strong cherry, tea scent. It’s color is glowing rose, and honestly, it’s not that dark. As I swirl the wine, I do notice it has some legs and nice viscosity.
It has a nice effervescent bouquet. I initally smell blackberry, but it whaffs away to reveal a warm tawdry strawberry scent.
The taste is a bit hot, I can feel the alcohol. It’s medium dry and has a silky body. I get flavors of tart cranberry and blueberry. It has a strong black tea finish and it lingers in the throat. There is a bit of oak, but nothing too daunting and more exposure to the air reveals a bit of a caramel finish.
So…let this one aerate for about 20 minutes to drinking. It’s a nice contemplative wine, so I’m thinking light cheeses and a bit of salmon would be nice.
I would rate it a 86.
A hundred in my book was a really nice red bordeaux that I had with Winson back in 2002. I don’t remember the name, but I do remember that I didn’t just chug it down like a mad Alchy needing a fix- which I was during those days. The wine demanded foreplay and wow, was it amazing.
A 50 is Mad Dog and Mogen David-they’re drinkable, but why would you want to!