Wine Wednesdays – 2012 Failla Pinot Noir

Part two of my trip to Ohio was spent exploring all of the new bars and restaurants in my college town.  So much has changed in what feels like such a quick 6 years since we graduated.  
A welcome addition to the town is Cru Winebar.  Opened by seasoned restaurateurs Mike and Michelle Patterson, Cru is both a wine bar and wine store located next to their delicious breakfast spot, Patterson’s Cafe (formerly Uptown Cafe where I enjoyed many a “big fatty” breakfast burritos back in college; now happy to see they have plenty of gluten free options including the best GF pancakes I’ve ever had!)

We had the honor of being added to the select few who are privileged to drink out of proper “big ass” wine glasses
My college roommate Erin, made the trip down from Cleveland to join us for the weekend.  We spent early Saturday evening at Cru with a bottle of 2012 Failla Pinot Noir.  I must admit I’m not the biggest Pinot fan, but my cousin has insisted he’s going to make a Pinot drinker out of me sooner than later – and with wines like this it’s safe to say I’m moving over to the “dark side”.  
The wine was delicious.  The nose had notes of wet earth, crisp minerality and a stoney characteristic.  The taste was extremely well balanced, fruit forward but balanced by bright acidity.  Despite being aged in 20% new French oak, the tannins were very soft and provided additional structure on the finish.    
We paired the wine with a beautiful cheese tray, including Cru’s delicious honey fig spread.  The wine was especially yummy with the aged Gouda we picked up at Piazza Discepoli earlier in the week.  I was in heaven.

Trying to get every last drop
Wine:  2012 Failla Pinot Noir 
Purchased:  Cru Winebar
Price: $32.99 retail
Would buy again: Yes, my new fav 
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