…is part of the Ministry Edict No. 222 on the back of the Ministry of Vinterior 2013 Pinot Noir.

Knowing that a snowstorm was coming, my husband decided the family should hunker down with wine and food on hand.  I ordered a pepperoni and ricotta pizza from Coalfire Pizza and my husband and I would indulge in a glass or two of Pinot Noir. My husband came back from the wine shop with this new Pinot we’d never seen before.

If definitely needs to breathe a bit before drinking. The aroma is tobacco and cherry. The cherry scent really starts to shine after it’s been sitting in the glass for a few minutes.

The taste of this wine is very peppery and smokey. Less like chipolte smokey and more like campfire and ash. The pepper in this wine lingers in the back of your throat after every sip. Honestly, I wish I tasted more of the luscious cherry I was smelling as I think it would have balanced the flavor.

This wine paired sufficiently with my pizza. It was a bit of spicy on spicy with the pepperoni but I like spicy so it was A-ok with me. My second glass was consumed without food and this wine is made to be paired.

At $22 a bottle, this isn’t a bank breaker, but it’s a little pricey to not love it. I would only recommend if you wanted to try something new, are adventurous, like spice and smoke or are curious what Ministry Edict No 223 is.