Old Eight Cut is an unusual name for a Pinot noir. The back label explains that it’s “a diamond cut dating back to the 1400s using simple tools and few cuts to enhance the natural brilliance of the stone without disguising its true nature.” Once you taste it, you’ll understand what Hundred Suns means by that. This Pinot tastes much like I imagine the fruit did during harvest. The winemaking enhances its character without disguising its true nature.
Color: Mulberry red
Aromas: Fruity notes of blackberries, raspberries and strawberry jam mingle with brambly forest floor and cedar.
Flavors: This Pinot has lots of black fruit flavors including plums, blackberries and cherries. Cat tongue-like tannins reveal notes of forest floor, cinnamon and gingerbread spices. Then, with a hint of cherry cola, the Old Eight Cut continues with a long finish. If you plan to drink this wine soon, I would highly suggest decanting for a little while before drinking.
Food pairing suggestions: This is a hearty Pinot that will stand up to dishes such as Coca-cola brisket, creamy wild mushroom soup, casserole-roasted rabbit with herbs.
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