La Rue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014
Tasting Notes: Opening up with aromas of sweet cherry and just ripe strawberry, this wine evolves into aromatic layers of cherry compote, orange blossom, lavender, and notes of cocoa nibs, cinnamon spice, & forest floor. On the palate, there is bright red fruit of cherry, cranberry, and raspberry that intermingle with hints of violets, orange oil, and spiced plums. This wine is silky and has the essence of cinnamon and vanilla oak notes giving the wine a firm, yet lush finish.
Wine Enthusiast 91/00: Succulent and bright, this interweaves crunchy red fruit into a cohesive whole of balanced freshness and high-acid tenacity, the tannins supportive in providing weight and grip.
Food Pairing: Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon and tuna but its mild mannered tannins give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry: chicken, quail and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, Pinot noir has proven it isn’t afraid of beef. California examples work splendidly well with barbecue and Pinot Noir is also vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.
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