My Top Three Pinot Noir Picks This Week
I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting Pinot. This week I’d like to share my top finds of the moment: one for a Monday night, one to share with friends at your next dinner party, and one for a special date night out!
2015 Pinot Patch, Pinot Noir, California, $11.99
Jesse and Aaron Inman have been making wine together in Sonoma since 2006. They’re second generation winemakers who wanted to make a Pinot for the People! Black cherries, crème anglais, smooth texture and juicy acidity make this the perfect crowd-pleasing party kind of Pinot.
2015 Deovlet, Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County, CA, $39.99
Ryan Deovlet makes some killer small batch Pinot Noir with an eye for detail that results in rustic elegance and purity. This Pinot is quintessential Santa Barbara: nice ripe red berry, savory cinnamon spice, and medium silky weight with brightness and a focused pure cherry core. Yummy on its own, but it makes an excellent addition to the table when there’s fresh King Salmon, game bird, or even roasted chicken for dinner.
2014 Gran Moraine, Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, OR, $42.99
Gran Moraine takes its name from the estate vineyard that it owns and farms just west of Carlton. Eugenia Keegan, with her 38 years of experience ranging from Burgundy to Russian River, crafts these noble wines. This beauty shows dark and rich fruit: raspberry, black cherry, and boysenberry. Coffee notes, sous bois, violet, chocolate, and a rich undercurrent of shitake mushroom mingle in this dark and hedonistic wine. Very giving and generous, there is still great acidity while remaining sumptuous on the palate. 41% new French oak, aged 10 months. This is a regal wine for a fancy dinner out!