I tried a tasty Pinot Noir last week named Swine Wine. It’s the most popular bottling of the EIEIO & Company. The founder’s name is Jay McDonald. The website is www.onhisfarm.com. I’m not kidding.
Finding a delicious, domestic Pinot for $25 or under is not easy to do, but this wine fits the bill. Elegant and complex, with notes of dark cherries, plums, purple flowers and smoked meats (really!), the wine has great acidity and a lingering finish. The grapes are sourced from some of the best vineyards in the Willamette Valley, with some of the vines dating back to 1974. Interestingly, McDonald chose to put it out as a non-vintage wine, though a little birdie told me that most of the grapes are from the 2007 vintage. You can purchase through their website and the wines are distributed in NYC by Verity (website is under construction).