Pinot-Vember, Pinot Noir and Camembert
Join us in celebrating Pinot-Vember this month! We’ve decided to feature all Pinot Noir wine pairings as a fun theme for the blog.
The Pinot Noir for this week is one we picked up in Healdsburg a few months back. (http://wineandcheesefriday.com/healdsburg-fun/). We had been saving it for Wine and Cheese Friday so we were excited to try it out again!
Initially, Neil picked up cherry aromas while I found notes of Earth and oak. When we tasted the wine, Neil identified a black cherry taste with a moderate spice and said it was a well-rounded wine. I agreed with the cherry flavor and the spice, but also found it to be tart with a smooth flavorful finish. We both liked the wine, I’m glad we found it that day at Hudson Street Wineries! (http://www.hudsonstreetwineries.com/)
We chose to pair the Pinot Noir with Camembert cheese. This was the final pairing on our original wine and cheese list. We tried to find Camembert during a past Wine and Cheese Friday but we were unable to. Thanks for having it Whole Foods! (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/) If you are having a hard time finding it too, click the link to the left to purchase this type of cheese.
The texture of this cheese was unlike one I’ve ever had. It was definitely a soft cheese but it was thick and didn’t coat your mouth. It seemed almost slippery. We did really like the flavor though, it reminded us of mushrooms. We also smelled a slightly pungent odor without it being overbearing. Neil even picked up an herbaceous flavor!
When we paired the Pinot Noir and Camembert I tasted fruit and spice with a hint of vanilla. Neil found more spice and oak in the wine, and more herb flavor in the cheese. I liked the wine even more when combined with the cheese.
We thought this was a very good Wine and Cheese! I think the reason the pairing worked so well was due to the earthiness of the wine and the cheese.