Winery of the Month
March Wine Theme of the month: Pinot Noir + Pinot Gris
Cabernet Sauvignon may be the king of reds, but Pinot Noir is, without a doubt, the most romanticized red wine in the world. No other grape brings out such emotion and passion among its enthusiasts. One of the reasons this grape elicits such devotion is that it’s difficult to grow and when you find one regardless of its price or pedigree it is something to savor indeed. Discovering a great Pinot Noir becomes an obsession and those passionate about the wine love to talk about their recent imbibing pleasures. The other wonderful characteristic of Pinot Noir is that goes well with all types of food, not simply to be consumed on its own as a cocktail.
A member of the extended Pinot family of grape varieties, Pinot Gris is a pink-skinned mutation of Pinot Noir. The two varieties are indistinguishable in the vineyard right up until ‘veraison’, the period in the grapevine’s growth cycle when berries change color. “Gris” is French for “gray”, and refers to the dusty, light-gray sheen the grapes often take on. Common features include notes of pears, apples, stone fruit, tropical fruit and sweet spice. Most winemakers avoid obvious oak character in their Pinot Gris, but some use older more neutral barrels for fermentation. For weightier, more complex styles of Pinot Gris, lees contact and partial malolactic fermentation are commonly used. Much like its cousin, Pinot Noir, this is a fabulous food wine that can cater to seafood and shellfish to poultry and white meats such as pork.
King Estate Oregon Pinot Gris
90 points Wine & Spirits 2017
suggested retail $19.99 – WOTM SPecial $17.99
This Pinot Gris is a beautiful example from a classic Oregon vintage. This wine has a pale straw color with glistening edges. Fresh fruit aromas of ripe pear and lime zest are followed by pleasant honeysuckle notes. On the palate, there are lively flavors of nectarine, ripe pear and fresh cut pineapple, highlighted by violet tinges. This is a rich, viscous Pinot Gris, with a striking balance of ripe fruit and fresh acidity
La Crema Monterey Pinot Gris
suggested retail $19.99 – WOTM Special $17.99
This gem shows light peach, melon, sliced apple and orange-cake aromas. The flavors are subtle and the texture of acidity and grip allows ripe pear and a touch of lime bitterness to arise slowly. Nectarine, Bosc pear and Meyer lemon flavors and to the lively acidity and refined finish. This wine is great alongside light salads, especially with vinaigrette dressings, and light pasta, especially with seafood or lemon. Try with camembert cheese and prosciutto!
Elizabeth Rose Napa Valley Pinot Noir
suggested retail $19.99 – WOTM Special $16.99
Burgundian in style, this unique Yountville Pinot is bursting with flavor. A pretty, elegant, and feminine wine with a beautiful balance of earth and fruit. On the palate, ripe raspberry with spicy undertones are balanced with notes of morel mushroom and forest floor qualities. A mid weight wine with pure expression of the grape. Slight oak on the finish to frame and outline the wine.
Olema Pinot Noir Sonoma County
suggested retail $19.99 – WOTM Special $15.99
A blend of Pinot Noir grapes from premier vineyards in the widely acclaimed Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast appellations. The wine starts with strong aromas of bright candied cherry, wild strawberry, pomegranate and plum with notes of fresh vanilla bean. The palate is silky, medium bodied with length and persistence. Fresh red fruit is balanced with acidity and spice making for a long quenching finish.
The Paring Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills
suggested retail $24.99 – WOTM Special $21.99
A completely seductive wine that caters to that Pinot aficionado who clamors for something unique. A nose of blackberries and rosemary segue to savory notes and mouth coating tannins. Deeply colored notes of black cherries, black raspberries and toasted spice bolsters the medium to full-bodied richness, a layered, concentrated profile with plenty of length. A wine that over delivers for the price!
Pike Road Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
suggested retail $24.99 – WOTM Special $19.99
Pike Road Pinot Noir is hand-picked and hand-sorted then fermented in small open-top stainless steel tanks. The wine is barrel aged in 100% French oak barrels for 10 months. This Oregon beauty boasts black cherries and blackcurrants on the nose with earth and spice nuances. Light to medium-bodied, it offers good concentration of black fruits in the mouth, with fine-grained tannins and mouthwatering acidity, finishing with some spicy accents.