Always a sucker for cool names and labels, I just had to try some wine from Dark Horse.
While this method of selecting wine frequently does not work out in my favor, this time I got lucky.
After doing some research on their website, I decided to try the Pinot Noir and it did not disappoint!
This is a velvety smooth and creamy Pinot Noir that actually does bring to mind rose petals and lavender, cherry and just the right amount of oak. (Y’all know I wouldn’t normally say something like that, right?) Give it 30 minutes or so to breathe and get ready to be impressed.
Xavier and I both got home late on this evening, didn’t much feel like cooking, and we paired this wine with popcorn which is not proper or sophisticated but is the reality of real people out there in the real world.
I think the wine did more for the popcorn than the popcorn did for the wine but in any case we were out of both by the end of the night.
It is not the recommendation of this author for two people to kill entire bottles of wine in one sitting but, you know, sometimes shit happens. Let’s call it a science experiment.
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For those of you who fear the dreaded red wine headache, after three hefty glasses of Dark Horse Pinot Noir I slept like a (comatose) baby and woke up with no headache or hangover. In my personal experience, I have found that higher quality red wines do not give me the ice-pick-through-the-temple, while lesser quality wines leave me reeling from what feels like an open head wound.
For me, taste and headache factor are the measure of money well spent.
Speaking of money, Dark Horse wine is very reasonably priced. I think I paid $8.50 for this bottle. Normally I would consider that a big yellow CAUTION flag but their website claims that renegade wine maker, Beth Liston, has mastered the method of producing top quality wine at affordable prices.
All I can say is: Claim Substantiated.