Tonight I cracked open a wine I was a little extravagant in buying in Australian terms, a Carmel Road Drew’s Blend Pinot Noir, from Monterey on the coast just south of San Francisco in California.
I picked it up at Dan Murphy’s in the Wines of the America’s section, and it was $AU 39.99 or as I bought it in any half dozen $AU 38.00. In the US it’s a different matter and it’s $US 28.00 direct from Carmel Road. It’s definitely in the Super Premium category, but in a US context is more affordable for every day drinking than in Australia.
It had clearly made an impression on Jess, the staff member who had reviewed it at dan Murphy’s who didn’t normally like Pinot Noirs, and for whom this one turned her around. I do love Pinot’s and the review turned my head.
The name Drew’s Blend is a reference to Drew Barrymore who is a wine lover and has collaborated with the Carmel Road Winery to produce some wines of her own, including some under the label Barrymore.
This Pinot Noir is absolutely delightful and has all the complexity that I love in a good Pinot Noir, but the herbaceousness of the typical Pinot is balanced by a subtle honeycomb sweet edge that make this wine a true delight.
At the price we’re paying imported to Australia, this is close to twice what I’m prepared to pay for an every day wine, and I probably spend at a higher level for a daily wine than most. That said, this is a very beautiful Pinot Noir and will not disappoint any lover of this grape. California and Oregon in my experience do produce amazing Pinot Noirs and this is as good as any I’ve had.
I’ve always liked Drew Barrymore as a human being, and it seems we share a passion for Great Wine. Drew has become a Wine Maker in partnership with Carmel Road’s winemaker Kris Kato, and she has certainly picked a great partner.
Like Jess at Dan Murphy’s, I suspect there would be many who have not previously liked either Pinot Noir or perhaps Red Wines of any sort who would love this wine. It would obviously be paired well with a Drew Barrymore movie, and for me that would have to be ‘Fifty First Dates’ as kitch as that might be.
This is most definitely a Great Wine and I am looking at the last sip in my glass most longingly wishing there was more. You probably won’t buy them by the dozen here in Australia, but it’s definitely a great wine if you have a special occasion and love an amazing Pinot Noir.
Wine Experience : 96 /100
Value : 90/100
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- Carmel Road Drews Blend Pinot Noir on shelf at DM – Photo by Ura P Auckland 2018-11-16
- Drew Barrymore Video for Barrymore Wines – By Barrymore Wines under doctrine of Fair Use
- Carmel Road Drews Blend Pinot Noir in bottle with Glass – Photo by Ura P Auckland 2018-11-17