A Lot of Hart



100% Monterey Estate Grown Pinot Noir

Smokey, leathery nose 

Action-oriented wine

Smooth and silky mouth-feel

Finished with a strawberry kiss

Discovered @Mi Piace’s, Old Town Pasadena, CA.

The Kali Hart Pinot Noir is a kind of wine that makes your mouth feel loved. According to my dad, it’s a red wine full of action and spice. Personally, my parents’ unaristocratic palette make them the best kind of wine judges. I usually go to my local Total Wine & More to stock up, but BevMo! happen to have them on sale for $13.99–I ended up buying half a case.

Aside from my unstately lineage, I attest the beauty beheld in a bottle of 2014 Talbott Kali Hart Pinot Noir. It has a complex and powerful flavor profile. The smokey and strawberry notes both become the piece-de-resistance for Pinot Noir. And it’s pricing at about $20-25 a bottle makes it a great wine to try for the first time, or a wine to buy over and over again.

I first enjoyed this wine at an Italian restaurant called Mi Piace’s in Old Town Pasadena (home of the Rose Bowl).

Mi Piace Italian Restaurant

The occasion was a first date, of sorts, and this wine helped to ease my nerves and stop the butterflies from fluttering in my stomach. Its taste was as romantic as the company I was with and place where we were–it was delicate, silky, and just a little spicy.

Old Town Pasadena in Pasadena, CA

Ultimately, this highly-rated wine (90 points as of 2014) by critics is simply delicious. But why trust them? Who are these people? These panel of judges whose sole occupation is to drink and judge for a living? (The privileged ones, I say)

My mantra with wine is: don’t trust another person’s opinion until you’ve had a glass yourself.

My background in wine has been a culmination of both taste and luck. I’ve sampled, tasted, hoarded, and splurged on several glasses (err…bottles) in my time. All in all, nearly every wine has something good to offer–and if not for taste, then for heightened spirit! As for the Talbott Kali Hart Pinot Noir, it has become my go-to wine.

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