Maison l'Envoye is a winery from Burgundy that is a terroir-driven Pinot Noir maker that has locations based on the best place to grow this illustrious varietal made famous in the movie Sideways. On their website they tailor their wines based on the specific characteristics of the region the Pinot Noir grapes are grown.
From the website: "Even though the quantity of grapes harvested was lower, the quality of fruit that was picked has been outstanding. Smaller clusters and berries gave great color and concentrated flavors at desired sugar levels with good acidity."
The pour releases notes of pepper, wet-earth and light musk. This wine was aged in French Oak barrels for 12 months and that shows through with a pleasant
spiciness that accompanies the dark cherry and vanilla notes. I enjoyed drinking this wine more the next day, it softened up and presented a rounded suppleness
that was absent when the bottle was first opened. I was initially on the fence if I was going to buy this again but after the second taste I found that at its price point and the increases complex character that unfolded over time its worth space on my wine rack.
Winery Website: Maison l'Envoye
Appellation: Willamette Valley
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Price Paid: 7.49
CWR Rating: 91pts
Costco Item #: 555512
Where purchased: Costco Tukwila, WA