Clos du Val Pinot Noir (2007)

It is Saturday night and we are having a well deserved cocktail hour. I have chicken and potatoes simmering in my skillet. We spent this afternoon at my parents (they just moved to a retirement community about 1.5 miles from us) and we worked getting their office organized. A couple more afternoons and they will be in really good shape.

I purchased this Clos du Val Pinot Noir 2007 on the recommendation of the wine stocker at World Market in Ann Arbor. Priced at $27.99, but on sale for less, this is a good buy. He was right. . .delicious. It is delectable with a fresh, floral nose and a fruity palate. The finish lasts a long time.

This is going to be a lovely evening as we bask in the glow of getting things done for my parents and enjoying the quiet evening.

4 Responses to “Clos du Val Pinot Noir (2007)”

  1. Dawn Says:

    Yummy. I took the bottle of wine you recommended to book club last week. I got there late because I got lost. Sigh. We never got to open the now I need to buy a bottle for ME so I can try it! LOL

    • Tom & Melody Says:

      Oh what a bummer, Dawn! I hate getting lost. It really feels awful driving around and not knowing if you are heading I the right direction. I really hope you enjoy the wine. You deserve it.

  2. ctwino Says:

    So here is the summary of the Freakonomics podcast for those who don’t do podcasts (I highly recommend them to relax, when commuting, or just cooking and sipping wine). The concept of Freakonomics, if you didn’t read the book, is they take an everyday activity or item of interest and break it down with some logic and common sense and sometimes numbers. This time – they studied wine ratings and gave two different groups of professional wine snobs (wasn’t me!) wine to rate. Once it was two bottles of $10 wine and two bottles of $50 wine and told them they were all $20 and the $10 bottles were rated as good or better than the $50 bottles. Another time they took four $20 bottles and told them that two were $10 and two were $50 and sure enough – the $50 bottles were rated much better than the $10 bottles. Last piece of the podcast was a story about a wine writer who set up a fake restaurant location in Milan, Italy, with a fake web site, a phone recording saying they were closed today, a fake menu with all of these crazy meals that nobody would want, and a fake wine list with the worst Italian wines as rated by Wine Spectator over the last 20 years. They sent in their application to Wine Spectator for their annual restaurant review issue (restaurants send in money for the chance to be awarded “special” by their editors) and sure enough, the fake restaurant was awarded a top prize by the magazine. Money sells wine!!! So – all of these $10 – $15 bottles that Melody speaks so highly of – are more than likely BETTER or as good as the wine sold for $30 – $50. It is a matter of taste. Just enjoy it, especially over the next two weeks!

    • Tom & Melody Says:

      Absolutely fascinating studies. Thank you for explaining the Freakonomics podcast to us. That is disappointing and sad to hear about the fake restaurant and the Wine Spectator review issue. I wonder how the Wine Spectator reacted when they discovered they had awarded a prize to a restaurant that didn’t exist and that had listed poorly rated wines on their fake menu. All I can say is. . .standards and principles matter.

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