All human beings are creates of habit. We sometimes really do not like change. Sure, we like change with flavors of food we eat everyday, but we do not like it when someone sits in our favorite chair. Unless it is a white or rose, my habit is that when I walk in the door and say “hi” to the wife, I proceed to decant a bottle of red wine. I decant this wine if it is as dark as the darkest Zinfandels to the light of the lightest Pinot Noirs.
Am I doing something wrong? When I first started getting more into wine, I heard do not decant Pinot Noir as they are too light to benefit. But then I started to notice as I started drinking more bouquet Pinot Noir, it was just as dark as any Merlot. According to an article by the Oregonian, some sommeliers even think about the vintage year.
I personally found it doesn’t hurt anything and the only part I would be weary about is decanting a bottle of wine that is older than 10 years old. But besides that decant your heart away, you will either find no different or the aromas and flavors will open up to you.
This brings me to the 2012 Cosa Obra Pinot Noir from Sonoma County. It seems that the 2013 has been released for $28, according to the winery’s website. The tasting notes are from Prince of Pinot instead:
14.2% alc., pH 3.70, TA 0.53, 294 cases, $27. After rigorous hand sorting, 100% de-stemmed with whole berries to tank. A 5 to 7-day cold soak was followed by fermentation managed with a combination of delestage and pumpovers. Extended maceration ranged from 3 to 4 weeks. Aged 12 months in 25% new French oak barrels. ¬∑ Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Lovely aromas of Bing cherries, raspberry coulis and spice. The nose is literally intoxicating and persistent in volume even when sampled later in the day from a previously opened bottle. Bright, refreshing and light on its feet, with a delicious core of light to mid weight Bing cherry fruit accented with notes of tobacco, mocha, sassafras and sweet oak. The combination of balance and a light touch is hard to resist in Pinot. Score: 94.
So how was it?
Color – Transparent ruby red.
Nose – Black cherry and chocolate.
Taste – Dark chocolate and licorice.
Finish – Low to medium with medium acid and silky smooth tannins.
Overall, this is a very good wine that has a great mouth feel. It is truly like drinking silky smooth chocolate. Not too heavy though but lots of great flavors. Even though lighter than most of the ones I rate this one still gets a high rating from me.