Smoking Loon Pinot Noir,

I choose a wine on a whim to share with our friends called Smoking Loon.  I knew it was a risk; nevertheless the wine sounded fun and interesting. It turned out to be just that.

One of best things about spending time with good friends is sharing food and wine at our table. This Smoking Loon Pinot Noir greatly helped make for a lovely time with our friends.

Although this is a Chilean wine, Smoking Loon Wines are produced by Don Sebastiani & Sons Winery of Sonoma California. Don Sebastiani established the Smoking Loon Label in 2000 in honor of his father.  He strongly believed that wine needed not to be taken too seriously. The Smoking Loon Wines and label are meant to provide a more tongue-in-cheek approach to enjoying wine. The named came from Don Sebastiani’s father, August who had a passion for cigars and water fowl; thus the reason for the label that harkens to his father and his two passions.

Smoking Loon Wines, findingourwaynow.comSmoking Loon Pinot Noir 2012 is a product of Chile.  Chile has been recognized for its unique geography and climate that offers up ideal wine-growing regions.  The Central Valley of Chile is considered one of the largest wine regions in South America where grape vines thrive as a result of its location and the constant sunlight. Then the nights provide cold air that descends from the peaks of the Andes with temperature swings that provide the ideal environment for growing wine grapes. Then there are the eternal ice caps of the Andes that provide an abundant and unique water supply for irrigation.  All this has culminated into providing a very interesting, fun and affordable wine.

Smoking Loon Pinot Noir

This is what the winemaker has to say about their Smoking Loon Pinot Noir:

Smoking Loon Pinot Noir,“Our wines are crafted for those with an appetite for adventure, those in touch with their inner loon, those who consider pretense simply unnecessary. Each vintage provides our winemakers the perfect opportunity to have a little fun and indulge their inner loon. They start by scouring the top wine regions of the world for the finest fruit. Then, they gently guide that fruit to its fullest potential, creating fruit-forward, well-balanced wines that offer a keen blend of approachability, quality and value.

Our 2012 Pinot Noir explodes out of the glass with raspberry and cranberry aromas, followed by rich notes of crème brûleé and nutmeg. Flavors of strawberry, red cherry, and pomegranate are complemented by delicate notes of vanilla and cedar. This medium-bodied, nicely balanced wine offers soft, velvety tannins and is a sure crowd pleaser. Enjoy with grilled pork chops or herb-stuffed mushrooms.”

This wine can be found at, Costco and any good wine purveyor.

It was a fun time all around for everyone.  The wine certainly lived up to its name and flavors. One thing is for sure, my friends were greatly entertained by the name. The best part is they also enjoyed the wine. You can’t beat that.

Time for a glass…

If you enjoyed reading this, check out J Lohr Vineyards Falcon’s Perch Pinot NoirFritz Winery Pinot Noir and Mark West “Pinot Noir For The People”

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  • Catarina Alexon

    Love the name, Susan:-) Chiean wines are sometimes fantastic. Have to try this one.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      I do too Catarina, The fun part is that it really does convey fun and a more down to earth attitude about wine. It also helps that it tastes good too. :-)

  • Cheryl Therrien

    Like Catarina I like the name. I thought the label would be more fitting to the name. Oh well… Glad it is a good one!

    • Susan P. Cooper

      The name is very cool Cheryl. It does what it’s meant to do, attract attention… LOL. :-)

  • Petra

    Hello I can’t believe it I had some years ago in Florida and it was the 2006 year, that was delicious but impossible to find in the UK! :)

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Petra and welcome, It is a great wine and more available ion the west coast in the states. So when you back in the US, stock up on this delight. :-)

  • Jo-Anne

    When I read the title of this post I thought it had something to do with smoking loonys………… crazy people who smoke things that make the loony but no I was wrong it is about a wine should have known better but alas I didn’t can’t change it now……………oh well I guess the name will get some people to drink it you know the crazy people who like to smoke funny stuff………..ok maybe not them but cool people like yourself, you know someone who is sane and doesn’t smoke the funny stuff………..I think I will leave now because well this comment isn’t making any sense you would think I was smoking the funny stuff………………lol

    • Susan P. Cooper

      LOL… Jo-Anne, I love your thoughts. I thought the same at first until I read about where the name and concept of the wine came from. :-)

  • doreenpendgracs

    I’m generally not that fond of Pinot Noir as I prefer a heavier red, but based on your recommendation, I’ll try and seek it out. Thx as always for sharing.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      I think you would enjoy it Doreen, What I have learned is not all Pinot Noir are the same… duh! When you visit, we will have to give some a try. :-)

  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    I’m always looking for a good Pinot. This weekend I tried Primarius Pinot for the first time in a long time, and now I don’t know why I’ve taken such a long break from Pinot!

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Than is a very nice wIne Jeri. As you know, I too and a big Pinot Noir fan. I do get that, I sometimes go off on a tangent only to come back to my favorites. :-)

  • Jon Jefferson

    The story of where the name comes from is great. There are several different plays on words there. Loon can refer to the water fowl or to crazy. So there may be an inside joke in there as well.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      There is one Jon, But I could find the full details on the whole story. I guess his father was a real character. I thought it would make a great post at a later time when I review another of this label. :-)

  • Debra Yearwood

    What a great name for a wine. I’m never sure with pinot noirs and like to have a recommendation before trying, so thank you for that. If it taste as good as it’s name, it should be a treat. :)

    • Susan P. Cooper

      I thought so too Debra. It makes me smile overtime I see a bottle. It just a really fun wine to have and it certainly makes for a great conversation piece. :-)

  • Susan Oakes

    I like their description regarding those with a sense of adventure. Sounds like a wine to try.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      It is a fun description Susan. I think that is a good part of the reason I gave this wine a try. I am glad I did. :-)

  • Jacqueline Gum

    I actually drink this wine! I can’t believe that you wrote about a wine that I am familiar with. I tried it a few years back in FL. I was strolling through Costco, of all places, and a wine distributor offered to help me. He made the recommendation and I loved it!

    • Susan P. Cooper

      How cool is that Jacqueline… :-). It is a fun wine that offers up great flavors. I love the story behind it. It makes for a great conversation ice breaker when I serve it with friends. :-)

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