Thursday, July 5, 2012

Fresh Pinot Noir

During my recent out of town excursion there were a couple of good meals and a pretty good wine.

The wine was a 2011 Block Nine, Caiden's Vineyards Pinot Noir, which carried simple a California appellation, though the winery is located in Calistoga at the north end of Napa Valley. 

We were trying to find a wine to match both duck breast on a bed of roasted beets and quail breasts on a bed of fresh spinach.  The evening was quite warm so we decided to look for a lighter red and the Block Nine seemed to fit the qualifications with its 13.1% alcohol and its 2011 vintage date.

Light, fresh, clear burgundy color and lots of cherries and strawberries in the nose, along with a hint of vanilla from oak.  Medium to light bodied wine with a full on fruity flavor of the berries and red fruit.  The oak was very much just a suggestion and added some complexity without being a major building block of this wine.  Not a wine to save,  just a wine to open and enjoy with good food and good friends. 

13.1% alcohol and $16

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