Iter Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara, California
$15.00 on sale
Welcome back to the sixth volume of my Wine of the Week series. Its really been six weeks? Who’s counting anyway? I hope you’ve enjoyed a few of the other wines I’ve shared such as Chalk Hill Red Blend and MAN Free-Run Steen Chenin Blanc. This week’s wine is a Pinot Noir. Have I ever mentioned I love Pinot Noir? It’s my jam. So, of course, this week’s wine of the week is a Pinot Noir, Iter Pinot Noir, to be exact.
I’m not crazy about the label so naturally I probably wouldn’t have picked Iter Pinot Noir out of a line-up without it being recommended by our wine guy at the local grocer. Being a lover of Pinot Noir, and on sale at the time which automatically gave it a notch up in my book, I decided to give it a whirl. The story behind the wine, you know I’m all about a good story behind a wine, is whimsical and fun.
First things first, the winery is owned by a woman. Girl power over here!
I was also curious as to what Iter meant. It is a Latin word for “journey” and is pronounced E-tair. I like the sound of it when spoken with the “e” sound it just sounds more adventurous and other-worldly. As I dig deeper into Iter wine’s website, I read…The horizon is vast and filled with infinite possibilities. You’ve found this wine along your way. Drink what you like. Drink up. It’s a long way to go… I, for one, believe in the power of wine to open us and the journey of life. Or maybe I’ve just had too much wine. Just not too much wine at once. There is such a thing and it’s never a good ending. I digress.
Lately I’ve been drinking Pinots from Sonoma County but this one hails from further down the coast in Santa Barbara County. It’s also the setting for the 2004 hit Sideways which hooked me onto Pinot Noir, as I’ve mentioned before. Now, for my take on Iter Pinot Noir.
Tasting and Food Pairing Notes of Iter Pinot Noir
Color: Light iridescent at the top forming to a deep cherry color on the bottom.
Smell: It is not full on the nose, but I do catch
aromas of sweet cherry and salty earth.
Taste: It’s airy and a little elegance and a little grit—just my style. It’s not as smoky and earthy some of the pricier wines and not as peppery and spicy as Meomi, another one of my favorites from this region.
Food Pairing: Iter Pinot Noir is a great value wine for a casual, weekday meal such as pork loin with tzatziki, turkey meatballs or coconut curried lentils with potato samosas.