Wine Review: 2008 Les Jamelles Pinot Noir
If you’re looking for a great red wine at a reasonable price, try the 2008 Les Jamelles Pinot Noir. This is a wine perfect with a light summer meal or to drink on its own–preferably outside with your toes in the grass, watching the setting sun.
The first word that comes to mind when drinking this wine would have to be: smooth. This isn’t a robust red, but that isn’t to say that it’s lacking in flavor. It’s full of deep fruity flavors like raspberry, but doesn’t veer into sweetness–in fact, it’s a bit tart, making it a refreshing choice for hot weather. It’s got subtle spice flavors and a distinct anise taste, which gives it an unusual, flavorful twist. Despite its delicate nature, this wine isn’t weak on the finish–jammy and spicy, it makes you want another sip. And for about $9 a bottle, you can afford one.
It’s a myth that all red wines should be served at room temperature, and since the 2008 Les Jamelles is an especially light red wine, it should definitely be chilled a bit. To bring out its maximum fruit and spice flavors, we recommend serving this wine at proper cellar temperature: between 50 and 55 degrees. Don’t have a wine cellar or a wine refrigerator with a special red-wine section? Try putting the bottle in the fridge for about an hour. Besides bringing out the subtle flavors, not the alcohol fumes, chilling this wine a bit amps the refreshment factor, making it a perfect way to cool off a bit when you’re still sweating by cocktail hour.
This wine would be great with pan-fried pork chops or a simple roast chicken. It would also make a perfect picnic wine: pack up a basket with your outdoor-eating favorites (mine are cold grilled chicken and pasta salad) and enjoy the summer from your local beach, park, or hilltop. Cheers!