|Mouton Noir Other People's Pinot, Oregon Pinot Noir|
This morning I had a very good meeting about a job I'd really like to have, and feeling self-congratulatory, returned home to change out of my skirt & blouse (a.k.a. Professional Impression Outfit) and before I knew it I was covered in pajamas. Looks like I'm in for the night. Yes, it is only 1 in the afternoon.
Obviously this has turned into a mellow Friday and I need an easy drinking, comfort red. Since I'll be watching the latest Netflix arrival, Notorious, the story of Christopher Wallace (Biggie, Biggie, Biggie, can't you see?), I want something bold but smooth and a little bit hypnotizing (yes, I just went there), like Biggie's rhymes.
The O.P.P (Other People's Pinot) is an Oregon Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley with ripe attractive fruit, generous yet not cloying or clobbering (as in, sickly sweet or smack-you-in-the-face-and-lay-you-on-the-floor-over-extracted-high-alcohol-poison), super smooth tannins and a lovely finish that keeps you going back for another. This is one of those super friendly, very accessible Oregon Pinots, well-structured with plenty of acidity that's fully integrated, soft tannins and balanced alcohol. I don't drink many American wines, but this one I come back to again and again, in part, because it pairs so well with food, from burgers and pizza to tomato-y pasta and roast meats. It's a go-to when I don't know what else to serve, and it's always right on.
Andre Mack, a.k.a. Mouton Noir Wines, is a friend from my NYC days, formerly a sommelier at Thomas Keller's Per Se and French Laundry restaurants, he now makes his own wine under the Mouton Noir label, which means black sheep in French. Andre is one of those authentically cool guys and his personal style and sense of humor are evident on his funky label designs, which I'm pretty sure he does himself. But these wines are about a lot more than just packaging. Mack's experience and knowledge of wine and the wine making process, not to mention a stellar palate and a passion for the vinous life, are clearly demonstrated in his wines (though sadly I've only had a chance to taste this one and the Love Drunk Rose, which is also dee-licious!) Gotta get more Mouton in Alabama.
|Hypnotized by the O.P.P.|