d’Autrefois Pinot Noir 2015 – Better structure than most $10 pinots, but lacking in flavor

Autrefois Pinot Review

Price: $9.99 at Total Wine 

Style: The “Anna” (Medium body with fairly simple and straight-forward fruit flavors.)

Rating: “Ok”

Recommendation: “Have a glass or two”


Mild nose of black cherries and strawberry with hints of smoke. More structured than most Pinot’s at this price with a bit of tannic presence to remind you that this isn’t just juice. Unfortunately, the flavors on the palate were significantly muted with little to note. I like how this is built, but it needs more flavor to be a recommendation.

Winemaker’s Notes:

Well, I’ve pretty much given up on learning anything useful about this bottle online.  I just couldn’t find anything related under the name d’Autrefois.  I did, however, learn something about the “Alfio Moriconi Selection” designation on the label.

D Autrefois Pinot - Label

According to the Total Wine & More blog…

Alfio Moriconi is Vice President of European Imports and Sales for Total Wine & More. Alfio has been in the wine business for over four decades — first as a retailer, then as an importer—and has traveled frequently and extensively to Europe in search of small, family-owned wine producers. You can find Alfio’s gems at your local Total Wine under the “Alfio Moriconi Selection” section and on the labels of some of his specialty selection wines.


So, I’m guessing this is from a very small no-name producer from whom Total Wine bought a very large quantity and labeled themselves.  Doesn’t mean it’s bad… just means more probably not going to learn a lot more about it without going to France to hunt down the actual producer.  Considering that I wasn’t all that excited about the wine anyway… I’m going to let it drop.


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