Bill Dowd photoThese wines were introduced in 2006 by Brown-Forman's Bon Vivant Vineyards in France. They retailed for a mere $9.99 and were accompanied by an unusual, for a French wine, ad campaign that included a non-traditional label designed by Californa painter Jim Salvati, who works with the Disney and Warner Bros. studios on a regular basis.
• Pinot Noir:
A fruit-rich wine with berries and woody elements in the nose. Soft tannins help make this a bold yet silky offering with a decent, lingering finish. Enough character to hold up to tomato sauces, grilled meats or woodsy elements such as morels, truffles and the like.
Presents a softly floral nose, then an initial citrus taste that quickly gives way to those floral notes and a touch of pineapple. Slightly astringent finish. Would pair nicely with lightly sauced foods, salads and wide-ranging tapas dishes that present sweet to salty to savory.
Each retails for about $10.
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