A common question we get is, “is there a wine you like best”? That’s like asking a parent to pick a favorite child…well, maybe not as extreme. While picking a favorite varietal, or even region, is difficult to do, I can say with certainty that my favorite bottles are shared bottles. Every shared bottle has a story, and can lead to discovering a new favorite, like Herman Story and Benessere (P.F.G Zin!).
Recently, our friends Jeff & Karin, shared with us a bottle of 2011 Barrique Pinot Noir from Sonoma County. What a great new discovery (thank you!). This pinot was delicate, yet full of flavor. It has a bright cranberry color, and a nose of bright cherries and blackberries. As typical with Pinot Noir from the area, these flavors continue to the palate but they are not over the top. It finishes with a hint of plum and a little wood. Very tasty all on its own ~ definitely a wine you can enjoy while you are cooking, and with the meal!
Keep an eye out for this wine in local wine shops ~ they currently distribute to a number of states, including CA, CO, DC, GA, NJ, NY, and TX.