3.23.2012

2008 Manos Negras Pinot Noir: Fun and fruity

march 23, 2012: blame the uk-iu game. we just couldn't leave the house to do anything else. so i cooked up a new chicken recipe, and this argentinian pinot noir definitely fit the bill. first, the menu: roasted asparagus (which turned out very well), french fingerling potatoes (steamed, and from fresh market), artisan bread (again, from fresh market), and tenderized chicken breasts that i breaded and sauteed with butter, fresh sage, fresh thyme, garlic and lemon juice. this was an easy and tasty recipe that can be found here: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/sauteed-chicken-with-sage-50400000109611/

as for the wine, i'd describe this as fun and cheerful. i bought it at winetree a week ago, and when chicken came up as tonight's meal of choice, it made sense to open this. we'd never had this argentinian before, but we were very pleased. it had a darker color than a lot of the californian and oregonian versions of pinot noir we've seen lately, and it had some minor acidity (which meant the lemon in the chicken was a good pairing). this was very fruity, but it also had a lot of body. i'd definitely get this wine again. as for greg, he said it had a fruity nose, was very smooth, and the flavor was a bit cherry-ish.

14 percent alcohol.

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