Firesteed Pinot 2007

Posted: May 27, 2010 by bacchation in Wine
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I was desperate for something to drink while Lynn and I worked out a logo for our local beverages (more on that later) so I hopped over to the store and picked up a bottle of Firesteed’s 2007 Pinot bottled in Rickreall Oregon.

Firesteed tells me that I will be enjoying the “taste of the first round of summer raspberries and strawberries push the burst of fruit straight through to the surprisingly long finish”. At this point, the fruit was forward, but there was an unfortunate metallic finish that distracted me while I worked on my first glass.

The second glass held much more promise for me, as the logo took a little longer than I expected, and after a good hour of breathing, the wine opened up significantly.

Buttery notes started to come forward through the fruit, and stronger cherry flavors prevailed.  At this point I was half through the bottle, and I was growing quite fond of the wine (unsure whether it was the alcohol, the time resting, or my frustration with my project… full disclosure) and I think I am ready for my final judgment.  Note that this is a very young wine… not my favorite class, but it does stand on its own merits.

Firesteed 2007 Pinot $17.00

Sippability: 7.5

Culinary Value: 8.5

Cost to Flavor Ratio: 8

Worth Buying Again: 7

Composite: 7.75 Good

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  1. Amber says:

    (This is a teacher thing, sorry) Can you tell us how you decided your scores? How did you decide on a 7.5 for sipability (and what does that mean)? What do your different categories mean (Cost to flavor ratio?)? I like this blog! I have no idea on wines and this could be very helpful. (Of course, there are not many Oregon wines in North Carolina)

  2. bacchation says:

    As we are new to reviewing our numbering process is in a state of flux, but here is a basic breakdown:

    Cost to Flavor Ratio: this is a clunky category, and we are working on renaming it, basically, does it taste good enough to warrant the price or were you left thinking you wished you had spent that money on something else. We also call this Cost to Value Ratio, which also sounds odd, suggestions welcome!

    Sippability: Can you just sit down and pour some in a glass and enjoy it, or is it too strong or strange, which would necessitate mixing with something else. Drambuie is a great example… unless you like the sound of honey flavored scotch, it is more suited as an ingredient in a cocktail than something you would drink on its own.

    As for the numbers…

    A score of a 9 or 10 is an excellent rating in any specific category, at the moment there is only one bottle in our collection that we think will merit a full 10, and thus a 10 in a composite score.

    A 7 or 8 is a good rating, either all of us were in agreement that it was very good with just a few flaws, or one of the reviewers wasn’t fond of the drink, while other thought it was excellent, lowering the composite score.

    Ratings of 5 and 6 fall into the fair category. This is a product that most or all of us thought was drinkable, but not something that we would go out of our way to ever have again.

    The lowest rating we will probably ever give is a 3 to 4, which is something that we absolutely do not recommend or that we find offensive. At this point, I do not see any commercially available products to rank lower than this (though you never know). This category will be labeled as poor category.

    As we develop more categories, we will add a “how we rate” page which will explain the categories and our numbering system a little more, and as the ratings develop, we expect a few numbers on past reviews to move around a little bit as we refine our system.

    The 1-10 scale is as simple as it sounds… “hey, what would you give this on a scale of 1 to 10” with half steps to denote a “+” grade, not quite good enough to hit the next level, but above average for that full score.

    Thanks for the great question!

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