Ayda (Vinaida) Pinot Noir 2017

Points : 7,75/10

Price : 133 TL from the winery

Here’s a Pinot Noir I couldn’t miss.

It’s produced by Ayda winery and vineyards under the trade mark Vinaida. (I like the modern and eye catching label). Ayda winery is located close to Urla and Izmir and is run by a couple who became professional winemakers 12 years ago.

This Pinot Noir is a certified vegan wine which means they don’t use egg whites or gelatin for clarification.

The wine is fermented in the barrel before filtration and back for 8 months of ageing in french oak. Alcohol is high with 14,3 degrees.

The colour is dark ruby.

On the nose, you get tobacco, black pepper, dried herbs and mushrooms. Then a mix of black and red fruits (pickled cherries, cranberry). I’ve also noticed wet earth. But it took some time to open itself.

Maybe you should decant this wine.

It’s dense, layered, almost full bodied with soft tannins.

In the palate, you get forest fruits like wild blueberry, cranberry. Then, pitting soil, tobacco, chocolate, dried herbs, cinnamon, cola and this umami taste that characterises some pinot noir.

Some kind of bitterness in the end that is quite annoying.

Impossible to be indifferent to this wine! It’s not my kind of Pinot Noir but it’s an interesting wine nonetheless.

Quite a good match with this French recipe : duck stuffed with foie gras!

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