2017 Pinot Noir, Monterey County
The color of this Burgundian inspired fine Pinot Noir is medium garnet and aged in 2 year old French Oak barrels ?for 18 months on its natural lees with no racking.
This wine is from a single vineyard (Arroyo Loma) Pinot Noir grown by veteran Central Coast grape grower Steve McIntyre and is comprised of three Dijon Clones: 115, 667 and Pomard 4. The vineyard is sustainable and farmed organically, but not certified. This wine was fermented in opentop fermenters ?and received a 72 hour cold soak period followed by gentle?30 minute pump-overs, three times daily. The wine was finished in 2 year old Francois Frerre burgundy barrels for ?a period of 18 months.
My favorite accompaniment to Pinot Noir is roasted Duck Breast cooked medium rare and served with French lentils. ?It works well with a classic Toulouse Style French Cassoulet with a whole duck leg confit cooked in its own bowl with cannellini beans, pork shoulder and finished topped with bread crumbs prior to 2 hours in the oven. On the lighter side it’s nice with seared tuna, sushi nigiri (especially Unagi) and pairs well with Impossible Burgers. But the best way to enjoy a fine Pinot Noir is on a Friday night with good friends and lots of laughter.
“V” Pinot Noir Monterey, CA
Tasting Panel, 03/17
“Smooth and lush with ripe cherry and earthy notes;
savory and dense, long and intense.”
Restaurant Wine, 07/17
“Screw cap. Great Pinot Noir value. It is supple, very
ripely flavored, full bodied, and well balanced; a wine
with plum, rose petal, toast, and cherry aromas/flavors
and a medium length finish. [2017-2018].”