For this week, Mijo and I sampled a store bought wine. We sampled a bottle of 2009 Monterey County Pinot Noir by Castle Rock last year and we liked it but I didn't take detailed notes.
So when we saw the same wine but with a different vintage at the grocery store, I decided to pick up a bottle and made sure I'll pay attention to the flavors and pairings this time.
For the first pairing, we sampled this wine with a home cooked enchilada casserole with refried beans, spanish rice and store bought tomato salsa. I tasted several flavors on the first sip of this wine. Some cranberries and raisins. However, as soon as I took a first bite of the enchilada casserole, the flavors changed. It may have been the milky taste of the cheese from the casserole that made the mild tannins change to overwhelming.
The next evening, we paired the same bottle with a home cooked beef stew. I tasted the fruit on the first sip of the wine. After the first bite of the meal, the wine tasted even better. The meal added some herby hints.
Here are my notes from the third pairing (with beef stew):
Tasting Date: Week of July 8, 2013
Tasting Partner: Mijo
Wine Name: Castle Rock Pinot Noir
Producer: Castle Rock Winery
Region/Appelation: Monterey County (California)
Grape Varieties: Pinot Noir
Alcohol: not indicated
Color Hue: red
Aromas: cranberry, cherry, herbs
Dry/Sweet: medium dry
Flavors: cranberry, raisins, italian herbs