Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Region: USA – California
Cost: $7 (SRP)
Winemaker’s Notes: Aromas of cola with hints of vanilla and flavors of bright cherry, sweet spice, and a supple, velvety finish. Pair with grilled mahi mahi, bacon-wrapped shrimp, or chocolate chip cookies.
My Review: I’d received a three-pack of samples from FlipFlop wines, and while I originally thought of talking about them all as a group, I felt it would be a disservice to each of them to do so, and thus I start with a review of the Pinot Noir. However, before I share my thoughts on the wine itself, I wanted to point out that FlipFlop wines has paired with Soles4Souls and for every bottle of FlipFlop wine purchased, Soles4Souls will donate a pair of shoes to a child in need – so you should buy the wine for that reason if nothing else. Alright…on to the wine.
The wine was medium to light red in the glass and the cola aromas were what I noticed most. In the mouth the cherry flavor was most prevalent, with the spice being very subtle. I had opened the bottle on Friday night with a big family dinner (my wife, my mother and father, and my best friend), so while it certainly wasn’t the only bottle we drank that night, it was arguably the one most discussed.
The general consensus was that it certainly wasn’t a life altering Pinot, but for $7 it was a good wine, and certainly serviceable as a good option for parties where a cost to volume ratio may be more important than top quality. Coupled with the good cause FlipFlop Wines is working with and there really isn’t a good reason to not at least give this wine a try.