Paula’s Wines of the Week – March 29, 2022

Top wine of the week: Aldi Oregon White Pinot Noir

Selling for £12.99 makes Aldi’s American pale pink white Pinot Noir less of a run-of-the-mill wine purchase. But its top 5-star rating makes it a worthwhile search even if you’re not a regular Aldi shopper. Made from the black Pinot Noir grape variety, this blushing version may have come about as a result of a poor harvest and underripe grapes, but the result is a tasty and complex wine with a sweet note that goes well with both light lunches and hearty tomato dishes.

Left Coast Cellars admit on the label on the back of the bottle that the wine “started as an improvisation”, with the rainy weather making the less-than-optimal grapes “perfect for a white wine” rather than the more usual dark red noir wine, the they had expected .

By fermenting only the grape juice and removing the skins as quickly as possible, the Oregon winemaker has kept the wine in an almost white wine state, preventing color and extra tannins from bleeding out.

More expertise in winemaking has added additional flavors and complexity by leaving the wine on its lees, the creamy deposit at the bottom of the fermentation tank that is the natural remains of dead yeast cells after they’ve done their job. Other wines like Muscadet sur Lie also use this method and the resulting extra flavors are like apple pie or fresh white bread.

So what other flavors can you expect to find in the 2020 Left Coast White Pinot Noir? There’s plenty of fruity pear with sweeter peach and some fresh lemon to balance things out. A sweet cotton candy rim makes the wine easily drinkable and enjoyable.

A really nice wine at £12.99 from Aldi (only available online).

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White Pinot Noir from the Oregon Left Coast
€12.99 Aldi
5*
Made from the black Pinot Noir grape variety, this blushing version may have come about as a result of a poor harvest and underripe grapes, but the result is a tasty and complex wine with a sweet note that goes well with both light lunches and hearty tomato dishes. There’s plenty of fruity pear with sweeter peach and some fresh lemon to balance things out. A sweet cotton candy rim makes the wine easily drinkable and enjoyable.

Moselle Heinrichshof Pinot Blanc 2018
£12.99 Maiden Wines
3*
These unstable versions of black Pinot Noir are made from grapes known as “White Burgundy” in the Moselle region, but better known as White Pinot when grown in Burgundy. They make a white wine that tastes a little like pinot grigio that had a dash of tonic water. There is a slight effervescence and minerality on the palate along with fresh pear. More of a conversation wine than a glugger.

Aldbourne Estate White Pinot Noir 2018
£15.95 Aldbourne Estate
A light, delicate and subtle wine made from whole grape Pinot Noir. Aromas of rose petals, maraschino cherry and red currant with flavors of raspberry and cream.

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4* very good wine
3* good wine but overpriced
2* a disappointing wine
1 * little to offer
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Paula’s Wines of the Week – March 29, 2022

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