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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