Sean Minor – Pinot Noir

It’s no secret we enjoy discovering new wines with friends at our favorite local wine bars.  Once again, thanks to Trisler’s, we found another delightful, well priced wine ~ Sean Minor Carneros Pinot Noir (2009). 

This 100% pinot noir is sourced from the Carneros wine region, an appellation bridging the Napa and Sonoma valleys.  Because of the proximity to the cool fog and breezes from the San Pablo Bay, the climate in Carneros is moderate and cool, making it an ideal region to grow pinot noir and chardonnay grapes.

Typical for California Pinot Noir, this is a fruiter wine.  There is not a lot of earthiness on the nose or palate.  It has tastes of cherry and plum that are well balanced with a light spice and silky vanilla finish. It is a versatile wine that would pair well with a variety of meals.  We enjoyed our bottle with slow roasted pork chops seasoned with a spicy peach chutney and butternut squash. 

The wine retails for about $22.  Distribution is limited, so keep an eye out for it in your local wine shops and wine bars.  You can purchase the 2010 Carneros Pinot Noir through the winery direct.

Posted on January 19, 2012 and filed under Wine Discoveries.