Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tobiano Pinot Noir Kingston Family Vineyards 2008

I received this wine as a sample, along with another Chilean Pinot Noir. Retails for around $20, and can be purchased locally at K&L. This wine is a blend of several different vineyards. At first fairly reductive with a lot of rubbery, smoky aromas. Over the course of an hour or so in the glass, a lot of the reductive nature blows off, leaving behind a distinctive smoky quality. Apparently this is called the gout de Casablanca. In addition to the gout, there are red fruits leaning towards raspberry and cherry. This wine seems to be meant to be drunk young, as it's soft, round, and doesn't seem to have a lot of tannic bite. Lets also just get out with it and call it a tad corpulescent or a little flabby. If you're more into the fruit driven styles of Pinot, I'm going to be honest--this won't be your thing at all. The gout de Casablanca is really and truly pretty overpowering and unique. I enjoyed this wine more than Sarah, probably because it's a bit on the funky side. I don't know that I would buy this again though. For $20, you can get a much more serious wine from the Loire. C+/B-


Cabfrancophile said...

Yeah, I once had the gout de Casablanca. Couldn't bend my knee for a month!

I guess if the French can call barnyard gout de terroir, then rubber tire can be Chile's gout de terroir. Or Achilles's gout as the case may be.

Jeff said...

Actually, typically gout presents in the metatarsal-phalangeal joint in the big toe...

Day one, the gout de casablanca was a bit much, but by day two it had calmed down and added some needed complexity to the wine. But yeah, it's distracting. I wonder how many people are turned off by wines like this?