Tag Archives: Pinot Noir

Paul Garaudet “Cuvée Paul” Monthélie Rouge, 2010, Burgundy, France

16 Jan

DSC03216Beautiful French Pinot Noir from a fourth-generation winemaker in Monthélie, part of Burgundy’s famed Côte de Beaune. Lovingly crafted with a focus on tradition and sustainability, showing great minerality underneath bright cherry fruit. Perfect for any festive meal, as Pinot Noir is the best food wine around. $45

Arenal Pinot Noir, 2012, Cachapoal Valley, Chile

12 Jan

10Chilean Pinot Noir is great for the pocketbook. With aromas and flavors of raspberry, cherry, and fennel, it’s hard to find  better Pinot for the price. Medium-bodied with bright acidity, making it perfect for any number of lighter dishes, from roast chicken to broiled salmon. $12

Zorzal Terroir Único Pinot Noir, 2012, Mendoza, Argentina

11 Jan

DSC03175Intensely colored and aromatic, this is some incredible Pinot Noir out of Argentina, where they’re growing more and more of this finicky, difficult grape. This is an exceptional effort, with aromas of blackberries, strawberries and earth. Juicy and smooth on the palate, but with the piquancy one expects in good Pinot Noir. Great food wine, great cocktail wine, way better than most Argentine Pinot on the market. $15

Meinklang “Prosa” Rosé Frizzante (Pinot Noir), 2012, Burgenland, Austria

15 Oct

074A slightly fizzy rosé made from 100% Austrian Pinot Noir. Pretty, approachable and unique! Aromas of red cherry, raspberry and violets are enlivened by juicy acidity and a bubbly finish. Pair with Wienerschnitzel, schweinsbraten, Tiroler speckknödelsuppe, or even leberkäse or schnitzelsemmeln, for that matter. $18

The Pines 1852 Pinot Noir, 2012, Oregon

13 Aug

DSCN1791-001The Pines Pinot Noir is a big, lush, crowd-pleasing expression of the varietal. It’s heavy on the fruit without sacrificing the balanced acidity that makes Pinot Noir such a versatile wine. In addition to the typical aromas of cherry, berry and spice, there’s an unmistakable note of cherry cordial to the wine, and this inviting component translates to the palate. The finish is velvety and should complement nicely a sweet and spicy lamb tagine. $28

Heritance Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir, 2011, Carneros, California

13 Aug

DSCN1789-001The Portet family draw upon a long family history in the wine industry, with nine generations having dedicated themselves to the grape on four different continents. Their Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir is sourced from Carneros, the finest area in Napa to grow Pinot Noir for its delicate balance of hot, sunny days and cool, foggy evenings. But how about the wine? It’s brilliant deep ruby in the glass, with intense fruity aromas of red fruit and cherry with a hint of spice and fine tannin. Powerful in the mouth, rich and generous with the fruit and earth, with a hint of mint and undergrowth on the long finish. Should be extraordinary with roast leg of lamb, or a simple tray of Camembert and cured meats. $48