Burlwood Pinot Noir (4 out of 5)



Aldi’s at it again. They’ve spent the past month stocking up their shelves with Burlwood Cellars wines. Not sure if this is for seasonal sales, or if they’re just mixing it up, but these bottles are now hanging out with the Winking Owl winefolk. I thought I had tried a Burlwood Cellar wine months ago, but the similarity of their label to the other wine had me confused. My neighborhood Aldi doesn’t have a lot of pinot noirs, so when they have one, I always try to pick it up and try it. It’s not as bitter as a merlot, nor as light as a cabernet sauvignon. It’s usually a little lighter and heavy on fruit accents, and this was no disappointment in either area.

Perhaps the dirtiest little secret I can reveal about Burlwood Cellars is that it’s a sub-label of E&J Gallo Wineries. Ernest and Julio Gallo.. you remember those dark, sultry wine ads of their vineyard in the 1980’s? No? Well, the hell with you, I’m old, and I know they existed.

*Now I dare you to get that annoying music out of your head. I dare you!*

Maybe that’s why I enjoyed Burlwood more than some of the other unique brands I find at the local Aldi. There’s some history behind these wines, and it’s a well known winery. This pinot has a lot of bright cherry flavor to it, also some plum, and I also detected strawberry. With a good hint of smokiness in the wine also. After it was exposed to air for awhile, I tasted and sniffed what I thought were some notes of blackberry as well. Overall? A great little blend, this pinot. It’s currently available at Aldi for $4.99. Your alcohol content won’t topple you over, nor that cement bust of Mozart that you have behind the shed that you talk to while inebriated. This is the sort of pleasant pinot that would go well with ham and pineapple, pork loin roast with ginger sesame glaze, or even some prime rib. I tried it with dark chocolate, and it really didn’t pair well. Definitely worth a nice afternoon sip or with a light dinner, but make sure there’s some sweetness in your dinner somewhere, and it’ll pair off fabulously.


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I read a ridiculous amount of books in a ridiculously quick amount of time. I read everything- fiction, history, sports, political science, fantasy, young adults, kids, romance- everything. I have worked in books almost half of my life now, and I never get bored with them. I need an outlet for books, where I can reach many people who may or may not give a fig about my opinions. I'm kind of known for rambling about books, so I figure it's about time I get off my lazy ass and take it to the blogosphere, where I have had the great luck of meeting many wonderful people inflicted with this book-disease. Personal stuff? Not much. I work too much, I'm single so I have more time to deal with this and less to deal with BS. I'm a die-hard Duranie and 80's fan. I am way too entertained with social media and astrology(for those of you who give a fig, I'm a Capricorn, or the sexier description- a seagoat.) for mine and the world's- own good. Only insanity can result from me blogging. That said, here goes!

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  1. Pingback: Books, my skinny kid, the evil of Nutella, and blogging under the influence | This Felicitous Life

  2. This is a fantastic wine for the money. If it was just a touch drier, it could be even better. But quite enjoyable.

    • Vicki, I reached out on Facebook to ask. I think maybe your local Aldi may be restocking. I checked my local one last night in Chicago and they had a whole shelf. I will let you know. Where are you from?

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