Thursday, December 29, 2011

St. Joseph Vineyard Noir 12 + 1, 2008 Grand River Valley

Birthday - December 2011 009This bottle accompanied our Christmas Day meal of duck with orange sauce, rice and lentil pilaf and brussel sprouts.  

St. Joseph is an Ohio winery with a reputation for producing award-wining Pinot Noirs. We picked this wine up a couple years ago at the Vintage Ohio event.

We had been aiming for a reserve Pinot, but as luck would have it, they were sold out. We opted for the 12+1 wine, which is a blend of 12 red wine grapes.

Upon first sip, there was a bit of acidity. As the wine opened up, subsequently the wine had a pleasing full flavor of strawberry, sour cherry and a dash of cola.

This is a proprietary blend of 12 red grapes plus one white (Viognier). This accounts for its unusual moniker. The blend includes Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Sirah, Merlot, Shiraz and Sangiovese.

It paired well with the duck and proved to be a nice Christmas gift.

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1 comment:

JonathanN said...

I agree with you! It's worth buying this wine! I recommend it!