i thought this forefront had a really strong red fruit flavor and was very smooth -- almost too smooth. there were hardly any acidic qualities or tannins to balance the strong flavors. but greg liked that about it. he said he'd get it again.
as for its pairing with the salmon, i thought this pinot overwhelmed the salmon, which had lemon juice in it so it was set up to be paired with a mildly acidic wine. 14.5 percent alcohol. winestyles.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.