Pinot Noir from Vigneto delle Dolomiti, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy.
SRP of $10 and available for as low as $8. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
"Mezzacorona only vinifies Pinot Noir grapes of its own production cultivated in vineyards at the foot of the Dolomites.
Intense bouquet of ripe fruit, dry flavours. Brief refinement in oak.
The ideal complement to your favourite dish: charcuterie, flavourful roasted poultry and red meat.
Despite what you may hear elsewhere, good and inexpensive Pinot Noir can come from lots of different places. There is California of course, and Oregon, but don't forget about France, New Zealand and even Austria. And today we travel to Italy to find another inexpensive and eminently drinkable Pinot Noir for the 99.
The 2010 Mezzacorona Pinot Noir begins with aromas of rose petals and other floral notes, cherry and a little graphite and mint. Tasting the smooth, light-bodied wine reveals strawberry, cherry, raspberry, a little cola and some earthy notes along with a really nice spicy streak. On the finish of this easy to drink wine tart fruit turns into some light tobacco notes. It may not have the depth of flavor of some of the more expensive bottles of Pinot Noir but for $8 this wine is hard to beat.
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.