If you have a favorite among popular wines that you love to drink but wish had a lower price, Replica has your number.
This relatively new Colorado-based winemaker collaborates with an analytical chemistry laboratory — testing for chemical markers for taste, aroma, structure and more — and a master sommelier to duplicate as closely as possible several well-known wines.
Replica’s Misbehaved Pinot Noir California 2015 is a reverse-engineered version of one of my go-to favorite reds, Meomi Pinot Noir. Misbehaved is widely available at around $15 a bottle — about a 25 percent saving over its model.
Misbehaved boasts rich aromas of black cherry with notes of coffee and spice. It feels velvety on the tongue, with lots of juicy blackberry and black cherry, touches of fig and smoky oak, and more coffee and some caramel on its long finish.
Does it taste like Meomi? Not exactly, but it’s very close, and it’s delicious in any case.
Pair this wine with a roasted pork tenderloin glazed with maple syrup and Dijon mustard, with a side of roasted sweet potatoes. Or try it with a wedge of nutty clothbound cheddar cheese, sliced pears and toasted walnuts.
Colette Bancroft, Times staff writer