Review: 2012 Menage a Trois Pinot Noir

Friends recently moved to a lovely new apartment and they’ve been hosting intimate dinners to celebrate their new abode. When it was my and my other half’s turn to head on over we were tasked with brining dinner and wine. Well that’s easy.

We had a couple bottles other friends gave us from a box of extras after their wedding rehearsal, one of which was the 2012 Menage a Trois Pinot Noir. I was at first a little skeptical about bringing a wine with that label to a home dinner, but ya know, sometimes you got to grab what you’ve got.

This Pinot Noir felt flat! I say that with an explanation point because I mean it. It was fruity up front and cherry sour, yes, but nothing special, and honestly not as good as the 2012 Kendall Jackson Pinot Noir Vintners Reserve, which I’ve reviewed before (And that one I’d say straddles the A-/B+ line, leaning closer to the latter.)

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The bottle describes it as a “slow jam” on your tongue, which sounded pleasant, but it may have been a little too slow for my tastes? I wanted R&B, I wanted the sexiness of Frank Ocean. Didn’t happen.

Nuts & Bolts:

  • Winery: Menage a Trois
  • Type: Pinot Noir
  • Origin: St. Helena
  • Vintage: 2012
  • Price: $12.99 (according to wine.com, although we got ours for free)
  • Alcohol content: 13.5%
  • When to drink: Skip and buy the 2012 Estancia Pinot Noir for $13 instead.