2010 Toad Hollow Vineyards Eye of the Toad Sonoma County Pinot Noir
One of our staffers likes dry white wine and the other, Pinot Noir. So, when I happened upon the 2010 Toad Hollow Eye of the Toad it caught my eye. It touts itself as being a "bone dry" rose made in the traditional French style with a triple pressing that yields good fruit. The label was catchy and the price was right so...
You can find this new Chairman's Selection at your local store for $7.99. Sounds cheap for a wine that Wine Enthusiast gave a 90 point rating to in its most recent issue.
It's breast cancer awareness month so we"re all reminded to think pink. Now I don't have a lot of pink in my wardrobe and it's a color that most guys have trouble pulling off so, not surprisingly, my nod goes to showing my support in the form of wine.
So, for this week's pick, I found a Dry Rose of Pinot Noir made by Toad Hollow Vineyards called Eye of the Toad. The label was eye-catching, if not a wee bit disturbing, with an Aesop's looking amphibian sporting blood shot eyes. But what also got my attention was a $7.99 price tag and a 90 point Wine Enthusiast rating. While I'm not a big follower of ratings, sometimes it gives you a level of comfort when you are venturing below the $10 threshold.
It turned out to be an interesting wine but I don't think it will be everybody's cup of tea. The color is a pleasant pink and the nose is perfumed. It's a dry wine with some bright fruit but a disappointingly short finish. I'd like to try it again but next time I would serve it with a juicy pork chop. So let's grab a glass and make a toast for a discovery of a cure for breast cancer!
What Others Thought
Not everyone "felt the love" for this Rose. Some liked the bouquet, but felt it "didn't deliver the reedy of the goods". Others thought it was great "French style" blush that drew the "perfect balance", especially at such an attractive price point.
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Selected reviews from the Grapevine Community
Rose was nice for a change. I was distracted by a perfume or lipstick flavor -- maybe you'd call it floral.
1 year and 8 months ago