I will tell you up front that Pinot Noirs are a bit hit and miss with me. I realize that I live in an area that produces a number of renowned wines of this variety, but it’s not often that I find one that I like. But a few weeks ago I bumped into Martha Wright, co-proprietor of Scott Paul Wines, at my local New Seasons and my world changed.
Martha was tasting a white Burgundy (Chardonnay) and a red Burgundy (Pinot Noir) that she and her husband import, as well as their own 2010 La Paulée Pinot Noir. The Burgundys were just okay for me, but their Pinot Noir was a true revelation.
The 2010 La Paulée is robustly structured with rich notes of bright cherries and earthy spices, and a very subtle undertone of dark berries and florals. It has a lingering, silky finish as well that left me craving more. I immediately knew that it would pair perfectly with the herb-infused recipe for Tarragon Chicken Pot Pie Soup that I was working on.
I snapped up a bottle right away. I must admit that at a retail price of $32 it was a bit above my range for an everyday drinking wine, but that’s how good this wine is. I knew I had to have a bottle. In fact, I’ve since picked up another bottle to cellar for a special occasion or perhaps the upcoming holidays. I’m already dreaming up a rich holiday dinner to pair the La Paulée with.
Get the recipe for my Tarragon Chicken Pot Pie Soup here.
Find Scott Paul wines here.
As with any part of a healthy lifestyle, always enjoy alcohol in moderation.