I purchased two different bottles produced by Chateau Courtnant, both from the Saint-Pourcain region of the Loire and careless me just looked at those two identifying features on the label to confirm my choice, and not the vintage or the cuvee.
According to Garagiste, where these bottles were purchased, this is the one to lay down for a couple of years whereas the other was the one to drink now. This was also the more expensive of the two, weighing in at $19.73.
Oh, well. It was still a good bottle. Here's the notes:
This is a blend of Pinot Noir and old-vine Gamay. It had a pretty color sort of like canned cranberry jelly, but it was not opaque.
The aromas were interesting - a mix of fresh flowers and fruit, with hints of something that to me was like a tomato/basalmic vinegar-based dressing (the fruit part of the dressing, not the vinegar). Taste-wise, again I was reminded of a salad dressing, like tomato-based French or Catalina, along with a mix of juicy, fresh berries. I thought it was best served on the chilled side and I just kept thinking of a crisp, well-dressed salad with berries mixed in. It had fruit, minerality, that subtle tomato character and was quite refreshing!
I guess that sounds weird, but the wine tasted good. Two thumbs up for this one!
And here is my choice for a matching YouTube music video. Click here if you can't see it below.
As usual, the link to the CD at Amazon.com: Pat Metheny - The Road to You